John Byrum

Screenwriter, Director, TV series creator
Midwesterner John Byrum studied at NYU's film school and entered the industry as a screenwriter with the forgettable "Have a Nice Weekend" (1975). He got his first chance to direct with the poorly-received "Inserts" ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1947 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (15)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Watcher 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Writer

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Razor's Edge 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

Inserts 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mahogany 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Have a Nice Weekend 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Murder in High Places (TV Show)

Screenplay

Murder in High Places (TV Show)

Creator

Murder in High Places (TV Show)

From Story
Director (6)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

The Whoopee Boys 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Razor's Edge 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Inserts 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Murder in High Places (TV Show)

Director
Producer (5)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

South of Sunset 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Winnetka Road 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Middle Ages 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder in High Places (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Cutter's Way 1981 (Movie)

("We're Old Enough to Know") (Song)

Biography

Midwesterner John Byrum studied at NYU's film school and entered the industry as a screenwriter with the forgettable "Have a Nice Weekend" (1975). He got his first chance to direct with the poorly-received "Inserts" (1975), which featured Richard Dreyfuss as a once-famous Hollywood director now reduced to shooting porno films. After penning the Diana Ross vehicle "Mahogany" (1976), Byrum wrote and directed "Heart Beat" (1979), the highly fictionalized, triangular romance of Beat writers Neal Cassady, Carolyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac. The film won a mixed reception, with most heaping praise on the lead performances of Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek. The 1984 remake of "The Razor's Edge" (1984) featured comedian Bill Murray in a rare dramatic role. Byrum fashioned a lavishly designed production that, while adequate, paled in comparison with the original. Reviews were harsh and audiences stayed away. After the failure of the crass comedy "The Whoopee Boys" (1986, his last directorial outing to date), Byrum turned to the small screen.

Relationships

Child
has at least two

Wife
mother of Byrum's children

Linda Fiorentino

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

New York University

New York, New York

Milestones

1995

Wrote episodes of the UPN series "The Watcher"

1994

Served as executive producer, creator and writer of the NBC primetime soap "Winnetka Road"

1993

Executive produced, created and scripted "South of Sunset", a CBS series canceled after one airing

1992

Created, executive produced and wrote episodes of the short-lived CBS series "Middle Ages"

1986

Directed last feature to date, "The Whoopee Boys"

1985

TV debut as writer and director with the "Night Caller" episode of NBC's "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

1984

Adapted and directed the remake of "The Razor's Edge", starring Bill Murray

1979

Wrote and directed "Heart Beat", about writers Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac

1975

Directorial debut, "Inserts"; also scripted

1975

Screenwriting debut, "Have a Nice Weekend"

Penned the script for "Duets" (2000) which was to have paired Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow onscreen; film went before the cameras in 1999 with Paltrow starring and her father Brice directing; Scott Speedman had assumed the role earmarked for Pitt

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