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

Filmography

Writer (9)

Little Red Wagon 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

Teleplay

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Home of Our Own 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pornographer 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

84 Charlie MoPic 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Beach Girls 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wall (TV Show)

Screenplay
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)

Co-Producer
Production Management (1)

A Painted House (Movie)

(Teleplay By)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Laurel Duncan

Father
murdered in L.A. c. 1957

Georgine Duncan

Mother

EDUCATION

Grand Valley State University

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

Milestones

2005

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

1998

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

1996

Launched magazine Screenwriter Quarterly

1996

Scripted "Courage Under Fire", directed by Edward Zwick

1996

Putnam published novelization of "Courage Under Fire"

1995

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

1995

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

1994

Wrote and directed the "The Pornographer"

1993

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

1992

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

1989

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

1988

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

1982

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

1976

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

1975

Became general manager of Goodrich Theatres chain

1974

Opened art-house movie theatre in Grand Rapids, MI

1973

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

1965

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

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

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