Patrick Sheane Duncan

Screenwriter, Director, Executive producer
Earning a reported $2. 5 million for his writing services on a big-budget motion picture, Patrick Sheane Duncan is a writer, producer and director at the top of his game. He has proven adept at both substantive ... Read more »
Born: 01/15/1947 in San Antonio, Texas, USA


Writer (9)

Little Red Wagon 2012 (Movie)


John Grisham's A Painted House 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)


Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)


A Home of Our Own 1993 (Movie)


The Pornographer 1992 (Movie)


84 Charlie MoPic 1989 (Movie)


The Beach Girls 1982 (Movie)


The Wall (TV Show)

Producer (6)

The Grid 1988 - 1989, 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Home of Our Own 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vietnam War Story 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Vietnam War Story 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Production Management (1)

A Painted House (Movie)

(Teleplay By)


Earning a reported $2. 5 million for his writing services on a big-budget motion picture, Patrick Sheane Duncan is a writer, producer and director at the top of his game. He has proven adept at both substantive, thoughtful dramas ("Mr. Holland's Opus" 1995), action thrillers ("Nick of Time" 1995) and a combination of the two, ("Courage Under Fire" 1996).


Laurel Duncan

murdered in L.A. c. 1957

Georgine Duncan



Grand Valley State University

Allendale , Michigan 1974
graduated in two years; worked nights at a factory while attending



Penned the CBS miniseries "Elvis," a chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom


Penned the script for the Showtime movie "The Wall", a tripart film about objects left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC


Launched magazine Screenwriter Quarterly


Scripted "Courage Under Fire", directed by Edward Zwick


Putnam published novelization of "Courage Under Fire"


Executive produced and wrote the screenplay for "Mr. Holland's Opus"


Scripted the thriller "Nick of Time", directed by John Badham


Wrote and directed the "The Pornographer"


Scripted and executive produced the feature "A Home of Our Own"


Directed and scripted the Fox TV-movie "Live From Death Row!"; billed as Patrick Duncan


Directed first feature film, "84 Charlie MoPic"; also scripted


Wrote and produced several episodes of "Vietnam War Story" (HBO); won CableACE Award; billed as Patrick S Duncan


Scripted first feature film, the exploitative "The Beach Girls", produced by Crown International; billed as Patrick Duncan


Moved to Los Angeles to break into movie business; wrote spec scripts


Became general manager of Goodrich Theatres chain


Opened art-house movie theatre in Grand Rapids, MI


Met Paul Schrader who was on a promotional tour; inspired to become a screenwriter


Enlisted in the US Army; served a 15-month tour of duty in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade

Family moved to Michigan

Formed Charlie MoPic Company with Michael Nolin

Lived in Los Angeles until his father's death

Became accounts receivable clerk for Roger Corman

Did uncredited rewrites on films starring Chuck Norris

Directed and wrote a series of six syndicated TV-movies under the umbrella title "Medal of Honor: True Stories of America's Greatest War"

Worked as an auditor for General Cinema

Born in Texas

Went to work for Crown International as assistant controller

Attended college on the G.I. Bill

Signed to write script for based-on-fact drama "Act of Courage", about a female military specialist attempting to regain custody of her children

Bonus Trivia


Duncan believes he has written more than 100 screenplays, of which less than one-tenth have been produced.


"Movies are a great escape when you're poor and miserable. I remember that every time I make a movie. At the same time, I try to give people some hope." --Patrick Seane Duncan in Daily Variety, October 21, 1996.


"I have this theory that in about 10 years unless I get an OScar or two or a couple of $100 million films, I will not be hirable because of ageism." --Duncan in Daily Variety, October 21, 1996.


"In a strange way Vietnam made me an optimist. I was a juvenile delinquent, I thought only of myself before I entered the army. This wasn't a political war at all for the soldiers, it was simply a case of trying to live out your 365 days." --Patrick Seane Duncan.


"I had joined the army because I was a juvenile delinquent. I was poor, and I wanted money, and sometimes I did things illegal to get it. Then I went to Vietnam to get out of the stockade. While I was there, I decided I was never going to go to jail again. I don't break ANY laws. And I was going to enjoy my life, which meant finding work I enjoyed." --Duncan in "A Vet's Story", Rolling Stone, May 4, 1989.