Jonathan Kaplan

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
The son of blacklisted composer Sol Kaplan and an early protege of Roger Corman, Kaplan directed several competent exploitation films in the 1970s before graduating to somewhat more character-driven features in the 80s ... Read more »
Born: 11/25/1947 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (33)

The Client List 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Witches of East End 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

A Gifted Man 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Brothers & Sisters 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

ER 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Without A Trace 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2003 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Crossing Jordan 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Inconceivable 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Court 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Brokedown Palace 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

In Cold Blood 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Picture Windows 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Bad Girls 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Unlawful Entry 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Accused 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Project X 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Girls of the White Orchid 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

Heart Like A Wheel 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gentleman Bandit 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

Over the Edge 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Billion 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

White Line Fever 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Truck Turner 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Call Nurses 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Slams 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Student Teachers 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

11th Victim (TV Show)

Director

Reform School Girl (TV Show)

Director

The Hustler of Muscle Beach (TV Show)

Director
Actor (5)

That Guy Dick Miller 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

All-Night Gas Station Attendant (Actor)

Hollywood Boulevard 1976 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)
Writer (3)

Sleepwalkers 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Staff Writer

Mr. Billion 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

White Line Fever 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Brother's Shadow 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Unauthorized Biography: Richard M Nixon 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Other (1)

The 13th Annual ACE Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Associate

Biography

The son of blacklisted composer Sol Kaplan and an early protege of Roger Corman, Kaplan directed several competent exploitation films in the 1970s before graduating to somewhat more character-driven features in the 80s. Some of his most notable works of include the "troubled teens" movie, "Over the Edge" (1979), and the racing car saga, "Heart Like a Wheel" (1983), which boasted a fine performance by Bonnie Bedelia.

Kaplan achieved his greatest box-office triumph with "The Accused" (1988), depicting a working class woman, Sarah Tobias (played by Jodie Foster) who has been gang raped and demands full retribution from her attackers. The film was controversial, due in part to the inclusion of an explicit rape scene. His next project, "Immediate Family" (1989), expounded on the TV movie-of-the-week genre, featuring James Woods and Glenn Close as a wealthy couple who adopt a poor young couple's infant.

Kaplan went on to garner critical praise (though the film bombed financially) for "Love Field" (1992), a low-concept drama involving an interaction between a black man and a white woman on the day JFK was shot. In the same year, he directed the modestly commercially successful "Unlawful Entry", starring Madeleine Stowe and Ray Liotta, a taut psychological thriller that collapses into its own genre conventions. Like "The Accused", it somewhat dubiously preyed on fears of rape. The director followed up with the high-profile female Western "Bad Girls" (1994), which managed to cement Hollywood's notion of Kaplan being a "women's director". Originally slated as an independent feminist film to be directed by Tamra Davis, the film had its budget and its babes-on-broncos quality amplified considerably when Kaplan came on board.

Although Kaplan has evolved from his early slash-and-burn B-movie days to become a talented Hollywood hired gun, some have argued that his Corman-influenced pictures were his most distinctive, in particular one of his earliest efforts, "The Student Teachers" (1973).

Relationships

Frances Heflin

Mother

Nora Heflin

Sister

Van Heflin

Uncle
popular star of the 1940s and 50s won Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Johnny Eager" (1941)

Sol Kaplan

Father
blacklisted 1954 died November 14, 1990

Molly Kaplan

Daughter
born c. 1992 mother, Julie Selzer

Maddy Kaplan

Sister

Julie Selzer

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois
attended two years; kicked out

Institute of Film and TV, New York University

New York , New York
tutored by Martin Scorsese; thesis film, "Stanley, Stanley" (1971)

Milestones

1976

Feature acting debut, "Hollywood Boulevard"

1975

Debut as screenwriter (also directed), "White Line Fever"

1973

Film directorial debut, "The Slams"

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