Jeannot Szwarc

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
The French-born Jeannot Szwarc honed his craft on TV, helming episodes of numerous series before segueing to the big screen. His features have often been overshadowed by similarly-themed movies, but his "Somewhere in ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1939 in Paris, FR

Filmography

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Bones 2007 - 2010, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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Castle 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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Grey's Anatomy 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

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Almost Human 2014 (Tv Show)

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Scandal 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Supernatural 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Fringe 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Private Practice 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Smallville 2003 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Heroes 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Raising the Bar 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Without A Trace 2005 - 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

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Boston Legal 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2005 (Tv Show)

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JAG 1969 - 1978, 1998 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 1999 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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7 Days 1968 - 1978, 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Ally McBeal 1967 - 1978, 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

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Ironside 1967 - 1980, 1985 - 1987, 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Marcus Welby, M.D. 1967 - 1980, 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Night Gallery 1967 - 1978, 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Men From Shiloh 1968 - 1978, 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Rockford Files 1967 - 1980, 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Twilight Zone 1967 - 1980, 1985 - 1987, 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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girls club 1969 - 1978, 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Boston Public 2002 (Tv Show)

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Philly 2001 (Tv Show)

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Providence 2000 (Tv Show)

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Les Soeurs soleil 1997 (Movie)

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Hercule et Sherlock 1996 (Movie)

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La Vengeance d'une Blonde 1994 (Movie)

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Honor Bound 1989 (Movie)

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 (Movie)

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Supergirl 1984 (Movie)

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Enigma 1983 (Movie)

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True Life Stories 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

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Baretta 1969 - 1978 (Tv Show)

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Jaws 2 1978 (Movie)

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The Man and the City 1969 - 1978 (Tv Show)

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Bug 1975 (Movie)

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Crime Club 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Paris 7000 1969 - 1974 (Tv Show)

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Sarge 1971 - 1974 (Tv Show)

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The New Adventures of Perry Mason 1973 - 1974 (Tv Show)

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Toma 1973 - 1974 (Tv Show)

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Night of Terror 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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You'll Never See Me Again 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Extreme Close-Up 1972 (Movie)

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A Summer Without Boys (TV Show)

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Code Name: Diamond Head (TV Show)

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Grand Larceny (TV Show)

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Hazard's People (TV Show)

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Lisa, Bright and Dark (TV Show)

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The Devil's Daughter (TV Show)

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The Small Miracle (TV Show)

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The Weekend Nun (TV Show)

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Biography

The French-born Jeannot Szwarc honed his craft on TV, helming episodes of numerous series before segueing to the big screen. His features have often been overshadowed by similarly-themed movies, but his "Somewhere in Time" (1980) has developed a cult following.

Relationships

Cara Menual

Wife

EDUCATION

received a master's degree in political science

Milestones

1980

Directed "Somewhere in Time"

1978

Helmed sequel "Jaws 2"

1973

First feature film, "Extreme Close-up/Sex Through a Window"; script by Michael Crichton

1972

First TV-movie "Night of Terror" (ABC)

1970

Directed about 20 episodes of "Night Gallery"

1967

Named as associate producer on NBC's "Ironside", starring Raymond Burr

1967

Hired by Universal as temporary worker; wrote 70 page speculative script

Formed theater group while in college

Worked in Paris first as production assistant, later as a second unit director

Pitched script to NBC; network bought idea and put Szwarc under contract

Decided to pursue career in film instead of attending a doctoral program at Harvard

Served as associate producer on "Chrysler Theatre"

Moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s

Worked as TV director on series like "The Men From Shiloh", "The Virginian", "Marcus Welby, M.D." and others

Founded cinema club in college

TV directing debut, episode of "Ironside"

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm obsessed with enchantment"--Szwarc in CINEFANTASTIQUE, Volume X, Number 4 (1980)

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"Television is a great way of learning your craft because you have to make decisions very quickly, and hope the decisions are right. You have to be strong on concept, since there's no time to try things and change your mind later. Television is really the art of walking away. You're never going to get a scene perfect; it's impossible. What you have to do is be realistic and say, 'this is the best we can get.' But you can do good work"--Jeannot Szwarc

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