Michael Lehmann

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Lehmann began his Hollywood career working for Francis Ford Coppola at Zoetrope Studios, supervising video cameras on "One From the Heart" (1982) and "The Outsiders" (1983). He returned to film school at USC where he ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1957 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Director (37)

The Brink 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Californication 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Tyrant 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

American Horror Story 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Go On 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

True Blood 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Bored to Death 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Dexter 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Jack & Jill 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Wonderfalls 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Nurse Jackie 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Outsourced 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Big C 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Big Love 2006 - 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

The Beautiful Life 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Worst Week 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Miss/Guided 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Because I Said So 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Flakes 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Comeback 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Century City 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Watching Ellie 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The West Wing 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Truth About Cats and Dogs 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Meet the Applegates 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Heathers 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

A.U.S.A. (Tv Show)

Director

Betas (Tv Show)

Director

Blunt Talk (Tv Show)

Director

House of Lies (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Night Train to Lisbon 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

Meet the Applegates 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

electronic cinema (Other)

Biography

Lehmann began his Hollywood career working for Francis Ford Coppola at Zoetrope Studios, supervising video cameras on "One From the Heart" (1982) and "The Outsiders" (1983). He returned to film school at USC where he directed the acclaimed short film "The Beaver Gets a Boner". Lehmann also provided a short, "Ed's Secret Life", for NBC's "Saturday Night Live". The success of these shorts led to a production deal with New World Pictures and his first feature directing assignment, "Heathers" (1989). Working from Daniel Waters' sardonic script, Lehmann fashioned a black comedy that dealt with high school cliques, teen alienation, suicide and murder. "Heathers" greatly improved the career standings of its leads, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, and future "bad girl" Shannen Doherty (who was featured as one of the eponymous princesses) .

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1985

Columbia University

New York , New York
Roommate was documentary filmmaker Ric Burns

University of Tubingen

Studied 19th century philosophy; attended on a grant

School of Visual Arts

New York , New York

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley , California

Milestones

2007

Helmed the quirkycomedy, "Flakes" co-starring Aaron Stanford and Zooey Deschanel

2007

Directed the romantic comedy "Because I Said So" starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore

2006

Directed episodes of the HBO series, "Big Love"

2004

Directed the short-lived HBO series, "The Comback" starring Lisa Kudrow

2002

Helmed the romantic comedy "40 Days and 40 Nights", starring Josh Hartnett

1996

Directed "The Truth About Cats and Dogs", a modern-day spin on "Cyrano de Bergerac"

1994

First producing credit, "Ed Wood" (as executive producer)

1992

TV directing debut "The Larry Sanders Show" (date approximate)

1991

Directed first studio-backed film, "Hudson Hawk"

1991

First credit as screenwriter "Meet the Applegates", co-written with Redbeard Simmons

1989

Feature film directing debut, "Heathers"

1983

Returned to school at USC to study filmmaking

1982

Worked for Francis Ford Coppola at Zoetrope Studios supervising experimental video systems

Directed short films "The Beaver Gets a Boner" and "Ed's Secret Life" (the latter for NBC's "Saturday Night Live")

Bonus Trivia

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"You have to be a meglomaniacal asshole to be able to spend $60 million and blow up things and Michael just doesn't have it in him. He kind of just felt the whole process was uncivilized. There is no Napoleon in Michael Lehmann." - Dan Waters on Lehmann and "Hudson Hawk" in GQ, October 1995

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"Of all the people in my career who I think I have helped and been supportive of and been there for, the only person I think I let down in my life is Michael Lehmann" - Joel Silver quoted in GQ, October 1995

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