John Lee Hancock
Texas native John Lee Hancock left the practice of law after four years to pursue a different career path, his work in film evolving from his participation in theater. A former member of the Fountainhead Theater Company in Los Angeles, he founded, along with Brandon Lee, Bill Allen and George Davis, the Legal Aliens Theater (also in L.A.), and wrote and directed the plays "Fullfed Beast", "Riff For Emily" and "Ten to Midnight". As part of his movie apprenticeship he served as a location scout, production coordinator and assistant director before making his feature debut as director and screenwriter of "Vaya Con Dios" (1991). Hancock's breakthrough as a major player came when he scripted Clint Eastwood's "A Perfect World" (1993), and he reteamed with Eastwood for the screen version of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997), adapting the best-selling book by John Berendt.