Robert Rodat

Screenwriter, Editor
New Hampshire native Robert Rodat moved to Los Angeles thinking he might produce films but began writing scripts during the ten years spent working on his MFA at USC's film school. He received his first screenwriting ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1953 in New Hampshire, USA

Filmography

Writer (8)

Thor: The Dark World 2013 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Patriot 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fly Away Home 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

36 Hours to Die (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Comrades of Summer (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Ripper (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (1)

The 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter
Producer (1)

Falling Skies 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

New Hampshire native Robert Rodat moved to Los Angeles thinking he might produce films but began writing scripts during the ten years spent working on his MFA at USC's film school. He received his first screenwriting credit for "Comrades of Summer," a 1992 HBO movie about an American baseball manager (Joe Mantegna) hired to train a Russian team for Olympic competition. Exploring one of the more recent hypotheses about the identity of the notorious British criminal Jack the Ripper, he penned "The Ripper" (Starz!, 1997), which posited the notion that the murderer was a member of the English royal family. After years of writing spec scripts, Rodat received his first feature credit on a project he co-wrote USC pal Steven L Bloom. "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill" (1995). This well-crafted but unusual fable about a boy who encounters the mythical heroes Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry and others won critical praise but failed to find an audience. He fared somewhat better with the delightful family picture "Fly Away Home" (1996, co-written with Vince McKewn), the story of a father (Jeff Daniels) and daughter (Anna Paquin) who teach their adopted geese how to migrate. It was, however, his script for Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) that elevated Rodat to the circle of A-list screenwriters by highlighting the enormity of the sacrifice and bravery of World War II combatants in a realistic film which at the same time made a powerful anti-war statement.

EDUCATION

Colgate University

Hamilton , New York

School of Cinema and Television, University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
met future collaborator Steven L Bloom

Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts

Milestones

2000

Scripted the Revolutionary War drama "The Patriot"

1998

Initial solo feature screenwriting credit, "Saving Private Ryan"

1997

Penned the original Starz! TV-movie "The Ripper", about Jack the Ripper

1996

With Vince McKewin, co-wrote the family drama "Fly Away Home"

1995

First feature credit as co-writer, "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill"; co-wrote spec script with USC chum Steven L Bloom

1992

Debut as screenwriter, the HBO baseball comedy "The Comrades of Summer"

Raised in New Hampshire

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