Shane Black

Screenwriter, Actor, Typist
On his way to becoming one of the highest-paid screenwriters in motion picture history, Shane Black redefined the action movie by flipping its stale conventions upon its head while producing untold numbers of pale ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (14)

The Nice Guys 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A.W.O.L. 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005 (Movie)

(Story By)

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Monster Squad 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (7)

Jeezum Crow 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tales From The Script 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

Cafe 24 Manager (Actor)

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

Donnelly (Actor)

Dead Heat 1988 (Movie)

Patrolman (Actor)

Predator 1987 (Movie)

Hawkins (Actor)
Director (4)

The Nice Guys 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Cold Warrior (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

A.W.O.L. 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

On his way to becoming one of the highest-paid screenwriters in motion picture history, Shane Black redefined the action movie by flipping its stale conventions upon its head while producing untold numbers of pale imitators. Black shot to the top of the class with his first script, "Lethal Weapon" (1987), which resuscitated the buddy cop genre on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. It also spawned three sequels over the next decade, but Black only had his hand in writing the original draft for "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989). Meanwhile, he landed a huge payday for his spec for "The Last Boy Scout" (1991) and became one of Hollywood's top-earning rewrite specialists, raking in a cool million per job. But nothing compared to the $4 million score he managed for "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996), especially in light of the action flick's subsequent failure at the box office. After taking nearly a decade off to throw some of Hollywood's most notorious parties, Black reemerged as the writer and director of "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" (2005), a hilarious and highly-entertaining action-comedy that unfortunately flopped at the box office, but nonetheless put him on sure footing for a solid comeback.

Relationships

Terry Black

Brother
credits include "Dead Heat"

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1979 - 1983

Milestones

2005

Made directorial debut with "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" a murder mystery starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan; also penned screenplay adaptation

1999

Wrote and produced the war drama "A.W.O.L."

1994

Sold spec script "The Long Kiss Goodnight" for then-record $4 million

1993

Did rewrite on "Last Action Hero;" shared final screenplay credit

1991

"The Last Boy Scout," for which Black was paid a then-precedent setting $1.75 million, released; also executive producer

1988

Walked off "Lethal Weapon II" project when not allowed to kill off Mel Gibson character

1987

Made acting debut with bit in "Predator"

1986

Sold "Lethal Weapon" screenplay written on speculation for $250,000 (film released 1987)

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't need the beautiful girl on my arm and the fancy car and the best restaurant. You could make a lifetime out of just trying to maintain your status as a cool guy. What I care about is the work." --Shane Black in LOS ANGELES TIMES MAGAZINE, August 19, 1990

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About what he does: "It's not brain surgery." --quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 25, 1994

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