Stephen Gyllenhaal

Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Although Stephen Gyllenhaal has several feature credits, he has distinguished himself primarily as a television director. After a childhood spent in rural Pennsylvania, he obtained his degree from Trinity College and ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Director (43)

Rectify 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Satisfaction 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

An Amish Murder 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director

Ironside 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Girl Fight 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

Grassroots 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

NYC 22 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Blue Bloods 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

HawthoRNe 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Numb3rs 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Mentalist 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Army Wives 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Time Bomb 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Director

Lucky 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Family of Spies 1987 - 1990, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Felicity 1987 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Homicide: Life on the Street 1987 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Hothouse 1987 - 1988, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

L.A. Doctors 1987 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Living With The Dead 1985 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Robbery Homicide Division 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The $Treet 1987 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The Insiders 1985 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The Shield 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Wasteland 1987 - 1990, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The Warden 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Resurrection 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Losing Isaiah 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Waterland 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Leap of Faith 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

The Abduction of Kari Swenson 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

Certain Fury 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

A Killing in a Small Town (TV Show)

Director

Full Circle (Tv Show)

Director

Help Wanted (TV Show)

Director

Paris Trout (TV Show)

Director

Promised a Miracle (TV Show)

Director

Shattered Mind (TV Show)

Director

The Patron Saint of Liars (TV Show)

Director

Warden of Red Rock (TV Show)

Director

What Are Friends For? (TV Show)

Director
Writer (4)

Grassroots 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The New Kids 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (3)

Crashing 2006 (Movie)

Writer (Actor)

The E! True Hollywood Story: Heather Locklear 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Not a Pretty Picture 1976 (Movie)

Teacher (Actor)
Producer (1)

Broken Treaty at Battle Mountain 1973 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Although Stephen Gyllenhaal has several feature credits, he has distinguished himself primarily as a television director. After a childhood spent in rural Pennsylvania, he obtained his degree from Trinity College and embarked on a career making industrial films in NYC. He moved into TV with afternoon specials before settling in Los Angeles and finding steady work with primetime TV-movies, most based on true stories. Gyllenhaal first won attention for "The Abduction of Kari Swenson" (NBC, 1987), which managed to avoid sensationalization. He also steered the CBS miniseries "Family of Spies" (1990) and earned an Emmy nomination for "A Killing in a Small Town" (CBS, 1990) which featured a mesmerizing star turn by Barbara Hershey. Moving to fiction, he guided Hershey and Dennis Hopper to strong critical notices in "Paris Trout" (Showtime, 1991), based on the Pete Dexter novel. The film also was selected for the Directors Fortnight at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

Relationships

Naomi Foner

Wife
Married c. 1977 Collaborated with husband on "A Dangerous Woman" (1994) and "Losing Isaiah" (1995) Separated in January 2008 Divorced in 2009

Maggie Gyllenhaal Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 16, 1977; mother, Naomi Foner

Jacob Gyllenhaal

Son
Born December 19, 1980 Mother, Naomi Foner

Jake Gyllenhaal Actor

Son

Kathleen Man Actor

Wife
Couple married on July 24, 2011 in Oahu, HI; wedding guests included Gyllenhaal's daughter Maggie and son Jake

Peter Sarsgaard Actor

Child-In-Law

EDUCATION

Trinity College

Hartford , Connecticut

Milestones

1998

Directed "Homegrown", a drama about marijuana farmers

1995

Reteamed with Naomi Foner for "Losing Isaiah"

1993

Helmed "A Dangerous Woman", produced and scripted by Naomi Foner; feature co-starred Hershey and Debra Winger

1991

Directed the acclaimed Showtime TV-movie "Paris Trout", co-starring Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey

1990

Earned an Emmy nomination for his direction of the TV-movie "A Killing in a Small Town" (CBS), starring Barbara Hershey

1988

Helmed the pilot of the ABC series "Hothouse"

1985

Directed music video for Taylor Hackford's feature, "White Nights"

1985

Wrote first screenplay for feature, "The New Kids"

1984

Directed first feature, "A Certain Fury"

1982

Produced first TV special, "Help Wanted" a "CBS Afternoon Playhouse" production (also directed)

1980

Directed first TV special, "What Are Friends For?" an "ABC Afterschool Special"

1980

Moved to Los Angeles with family

1978

Helmed first short film "Exit 10"

1975

Acted in first feature, "Not a Pretty Picture"

1974

Edited and associate produced first feature, "Broken Treaty at Battle Mountain"

Raised in rural Pennsylvania

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