Richard LaGravenese

Screenwriter, Producer, Actor
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Born: 10/30/1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (19)

The Last Five Years 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unbroken 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beautiful Creatures 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Behind the Candelabra 2013 (Movie)

(Writer)

Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

screen story (Story By)

A Little Princess 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bridges of Madison County 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unstrung Heroes 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rude Awakening 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (8)

The Last Five Years 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Beautiful Creatures 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Pigalle") (Director)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

(Co-Director) (Director)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (7)

The Last Five Years 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Divide 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Search of Ted Demme 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (TV Show)

Supervising Producer

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (TV Show)

Supervising Producer
Actor (4)

The Last Five Years 2015 (Movie)

Tailor (Actor)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

Detective No 2 (Actor)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

Strait Jacket Yuppie (Actor)

Relationships

Lily LaGravenese

Daughter
Born c. 1991; mother, Ann Weiss

Ann Weiss

Wife
Jewish

EDUCATION

Emerson College

Boston , Massachusetts
Attended for two years

New York University

New York , New York 1980
Concentrated on experimental theater

Milestones

2013

Returned to directing with feature adaptation "Beautiful Creatures"; also wrote screenplay based on novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

2011

Adapted Sara Gruen's bestselling novel "Water for Elephants" into feature film, starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz

2010

Penned film adaptation of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

2008

Directed "P.S. I Love You"; re-teamed with star Swank

2007

Wrote and directed "Freedom Writers," starring Hilary Swank

2000

At request of star Julia Roberts, did uncredited rewrite work on "Erin Brockovich"

1998

Adapted Toni Morrison novel into Jonathan Demme directed "Beloved"

1998

Made feature directorial debut with "Living Out Loud"; also wrote screenplay

1996

Wrote screenplay for Barbra Streisand directed drama "The Mirror Has Two Faces"

1995

While under contract to Disney, wrote screenplay for "A Little Princess"

1995

Adapted James Waller bestseller "The Bridges of Madison County," directed by Clint Eastwood

1994

Collaborated with sister-in-law Marie Weiss in writing screenplay for "The Ref"; first producing credit

1991

First solo screenwriting credit, Terry Gilliam directed "The Fisher King"; garnered Academy Award nomination

1989

Made screenwriting debut with "Rude Awakening," a comedy about clash between 1960s counterculture and 1980s materialism; co-wrote with Neil Levy

Wrote monologues for other actors while pursuing own acting career

Formed a comedy team

Bonus Trivia

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First developed his love of film as a child, when his father would dress up in a suit to take the family to movies on Saturday nights.

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Participated in New York University's Experimental Theater program while attending college.

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Wrote "The Fisher King" after being inspired by concepts in the Robert A. Johnson Jungian psychology book He.

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Was inspired to direct the musical "The Last Five Years" for the screen, even though he had never seen the stage show, only heard the score.

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