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 (22)

Blunt Talk 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Brink 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

American Horror Story 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Bored to Death 2000 - 2001, 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

Big Love 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

True Blood 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Because I Said So 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Flakes 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 (Movie)

(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)

Betas (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (4)

Heil 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

Executive Producer

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")

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