Paul Attanasio

Screenwriter, Producer, Film critic
One of the more prolific screenwriters working in Hollywood, Paul Attanasio worked both sides of the field in television and movies, creating some of Hollywood's most acclaimed projects. After working for a time as a ... Read more »
Born: 11/14/1959 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (8)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 2001, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Good German 2006 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Sum of All Fears 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Homicide: The Movie (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material
Producer (3)

Gideon's Crossing 1992 - 1994, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

House 1992 - 1993, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Century City 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (1)

The Movie Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the more prolific screenwriters working in Hollywood, Paul Attanasio worked both sides of the field in television and movies, creating some of Hollywood's most acclaimed projects. After working for a time as a journalist, Attanasio segued to screenwriting and found his first success on the small screen as the creator and executive producer of "Homicide: Life on the Streets" (NBC, 1993-99), one of the most acclaimed crime procedurals of all time. From there, he earned an Oscar nomination for writing Robert Redford's brilliant look at the 1950s game show scandals, "Quiz Show" (1994), and later earned a second Academy Award nod for his work on "Donnie Brasco" (1997). Rapidly becoming one of Hollywood's go-to writers for uncredited script doctoring work, Attanasio did stumble a bit with underwhelming scripts for "Sphere" (1998) and "The Sum of All Fears" (2002), while creating short-lived shows like "Gideon's Crossing" (ABC, 2000-01) and "Century City" (CBS, 2003-04), both of which failed to last beyond their first season. But in collaboration with David Shore, Attanasio executive produced the long-running "House" (Fox, 2004-2012), which won a slew of awards while becoming a top 10 ratings winner. Whether on television or the silver screen, Attanasio built a reputation for works of unrelenting realism and strong characters, making him one of the most highly sought scribes in the business.

Relationships

Jospeh Attanasio

Father

Connie Attanasio

Mother

Annie Attanasio

Daughter
born c. June 1992

Robert Attanasio

Brother
born c. 1963

Katie Jacobs

Wife

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1981

Harvard Law School

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1984

Milestones

2007

Reportedly did uncredited rewrite for "The Bourne Ultimatum"

2006

Penned the adaptation for "The Good German" directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney

2004

Executive produced "House M.D." (Fox) a medical drama starring Hugh Laurie

2002

Penned the pilot "R.U.S./H."; also served as an executive producer

2000

Created the ABC medical drama "Gideon's Crossing" loosely-based on the experience of the real life Dr. Jerome Groopman

1999

Received six-episode series commitment from ABC for hourlong medical drama based on the nonfiction work "The Measure of Our Days"; series expected to debut in fall 2000

1998

Co-screenwriting credit on Levinson-directed "Sphere", adapted from Michael Crichton's novel

1997

Scripted Mike Newell's hit mob movie "Donnie Brasco" (produced by Levinson); received second Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

1994

Adapted the Michael Crichton novel "Disclosure" for Levinson

1994

Feature film screenwriting debut, "Quiz Show"; Levinson's company (Baltimore Pictures) was one of producers; earned Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination

1993

TV scriptwriting debut with the pilot episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life in the Streets" (produced by Barry Levinson)

1987

Moved to L.A.

1984

Worked as a film critic for The Washington Post

1984

Hired to work at law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore; turned job down to intern at The Washington Post

Raised in Tenafly, New Jersey

Host of film review and interview cable series, "The Movie Show" (Cinemax)

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