Jonathan Lynn

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Perhaps best known for creating and writing the award-winning British TV series "Yes, Minister" (BBC2 1980-84) and "Yes, Prime Minister" (BBC2 1986-88), Jonathan Lynn honed his comedic skills as a member of the ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1943 in Bath, Somerset, GB

Filmography

Director (13)

The Bonny Boys 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Target 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fighting Temptations 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Whole Nine Yards 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Ferris Bueller 1989 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Nuns on the Run 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Smart Guys 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

Clue 1985 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (10)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

Douglas (Actor)

3 Men and a Little Lady 1990 (Movie)

Vicar Hewitt (Actor)

Suspicion 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Tailor (Actor)

Breaking Glass 1980 (Movie)

Radio DJ (Actor)

Bar Mitzvah Boy 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Doctor in the House 1971 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Prudence and the Pill 1968 (Movie)

Chemist's Assistant (Actor)

Suspicion (Movie)

Beaky Thwaite (Actor)
Writer (7)

Nuns on the Run 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Clue 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Clue 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Internecine Project 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Suspicion (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Yes, Minister (Tv Show)

Writer
Producer (3)

He's Such a Girl 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Perhaps best known for creating and writing the award-winning British TV series "Yes, Minister" (BBC2 1980-84) and "Yes, Prime Minister" (BBC2 1986-88), Jonathan Lynn honed his comedic skills as a member of the Cambridge Circus satirical revue in the mid-1960s. After acting on the New York and London stage as well as British TV, he branched out into directing in the early '70s, staging plays in the West End, for the RSC, the NT and on Broadway. Lynn wrote the screenplay for "The Internecine Project" (1974) and made a short film, "Mick's People" (1982), before directing his first feature, the cult favorite "Clue" (1985). Lynn's subsequent work included the cross-dressing comedy "Nuns on the Run" (1990) starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane; the fish-out-of-water hit "My Cousin Vinny" (1991), which garnered an Academy Award for supporting actress Marisa Tomei; Eddie Murphy's political satire "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992); and the action comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (1999), starring Robert De Niro and Matthew Perry, which was #1 at the box office for 3 weeks. Lynn's West End theater debut, aged 23, was as an actor in the role of Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of "Fiddler on the Roof. " His subsequent London directing credits include: "The Glass Menagerie"; "Songbook" (Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award); "Anna Christie" (RSC, Stratford and the Donmar); Joe Orton's "Loot"; "Pass The Butler" by Eric Idle, Shaw's "Arms And The Man" and "The Gingerbread Man" (Old Vic). At the National Theatre, he directed "A Little Hotel on the Side" by Georges Feydeau and Three Men on A Horse (Olivier Award, Best Comedy). As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End. His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award -Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information.

Relationships

Robin Lynn

Father

Ruth Lynn

Mother

Edward Lynn

Son
born c. 1973

Rita Merkelis

Wife
married in 1967

EDUCATION

Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

1964

Milestones

2000

Helmed "The Whole Nine Yards", starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry

1997

Produced and directed the comedy "Trial and Error"

1996

Helmed the big screen version of the 1950s TV show "Sgt. Bilko", starring Steve Martin

1994

Directed "Greedy", a comedy starring Kirk Douglas

1992

Helmed the Eddie Murphy vehicle "The Distinguished Gentleman"

1990

Directed the pilot/premiere episode of TV series, "Ferris Bueller"

1988

Appeared in "Three Men and a Little Lady"

1985

Feature directing debut (also writer) "Clue"

1982

Short film directing debut, "Mick's People"

1981

Broadway directing debut, "The Moony Shapiro Songbook"

1980

RSC directing debut, "Anna Christie"

1977

Served as artistic director of the Cambridge Theatre Company

1974

Wrote first feature screenplay for "The Internecine Project"

1974

Wrote first TV script for the situation comedy, "My Brother's Keeper" (also co-starred)

1969

Stage directing debut "The Plotters of the Cabbage Patch Corner"

1965

Was writer and cast member of syndicated TV series, "Cambridge Circus"

1964

Appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

1964

Began career as an actor with revue troupe Cambridge Circus, performing in New York

Writer for the TV and radio programs, "Yes, Minister"

Acted in repertory in Lecester, Edinburgh and with the Bristol Old Vic in London

Appeared on stage in "Green Julia" (1965), "Fiddler on the Roof" (1967-68), "Blue Comedy" (1968), "The Comedy of the Changing Years" (1969), "When We Are Married" (1970)

Directed the British TV movies: "Barmitzvah Boy" (1975), "The Knowledge" (1979), "Outside Edge" (1982), "Diana" (1984)

Bonus Trivia

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Lynn received a honorary MA from Sheffield University.

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