Jeremy Pikser

Screenwriter, Novelist, High school teacher
His background as a history teacher helped Jeremy Pikser hook up with writer-director-star Warren Beatty in the early 1980s when the latter was developing his epic biopic of journalist John Reed. He assisted Beatty in ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1948

Filmography

Writer (4)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Debtors 1999 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lemon Sisters 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

("I Want To Blow You Up") (Song)

Biography

His background as a history teacher helped Jeremy Pikser hook up with writer-director-star Warren Beatty in the early 1980s when the latter was developing his epic biopic of journalist John Reed. He assisted Beatty in locating many of the "witnesses" who appeared on-screen in the film offering testaments and reminiscences of Reed, Louise Bryant and the early Communist Party. "Reds" proved a fruitful ground for Pikser: he later collaborated on a book with screenwriter Trevor Griffiths (1987's "Real Dreams and Revolution in Cleveland") and contributed to the script of the pallid Diane Keaton vehicle "The Lemon Sisters" (1990). Beatty, however, provided the writer with one of his best opportunities, tapping him to collaborate on the script for the political satire "Bulworth" (1998), about an unhappy US Senator who hires a hitman to kill him and then has second thoughts after meeting a beautiful and outspoken young woman. While the film was not the box-office champ it was hoped it would be, it did pull in many favorable notices from critics. At the year's end, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association cited the script for "Bulworth" as the year's best, sparking talk of an Oscar nomination.

EDUCATION

Oberlin College

Oberlin , Ohio

Rutgers University

New Brunswick , New Jersey

Woodrow Wilson High School

Chevy Chase , Maryland
classmates included critic and author Frank Rich

Milestones

1999

Did a rewrite on the script for "The Debtors", written and directed by Evie Quaid

1998

With Beatty, co-wrote the political comedy "Bulworth"

1990

Contributed to the screenplay of "The Lemon Sisters", starring Diane Keaton

1987

With "Reds" co-writer Trevor Griffiths, penned "Real Dreams and Revolution in Cleveland"

1985

Published first novel "Junk on the Hill"

1981

Assisted Warren Beatty on "Reds"; located several of the witnesses who appeared on-screen offering their memories of John Reed and Louise Bryant

Worked as a high school history teacher

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