Tod "Kip" Williams

Writer-director Tod Williams' father (also named Tod) is a famous architect, while his sister Rachel is a model. Williams made his mark in film at the relatively late age of 31, having first studied painting and ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1968

Filmography

Director (4)

Cell 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Paranormal Activity 2 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Door in the Floor 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Sebastian Cole 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

The Door in the Floor 2004 (Movie)

Thomas Cole (Actor)
Producer (1)

Trainwreck: My Life As an Idiot 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

The Door in the Floor 2004 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Biography

Writer-director Tod Williams' father (also named Tod) is a famous architect, while his sister Rachel is a model. Williams made his mark in film at the relatively late age of 31, having first studied painting and literature before working as a journalist for the "New York Times" in their Los Angeles office. After taking lessons in filmmaking at the city's American Film Institute, his debut as a writer-director was the offbeat 1998 drama "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole," a coming-of-age story about a boy being raised by his transgendered father. The very evening "Cole" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, it became the first ever purchase of Paramount's short-lived arthouse sub-division, Paramount Classics. Williams' 2004 follow-up, "The Door In The Floor," was a well-received adaptation of John Irving's novel "A Widow For One Year," winning praise from the author and critical plaudits for Jeff Bridges' performance. Six years would pass before Williams abruptly changed his career direction by directing 2010's horror film "Paranormal Activity 2," a sequel to the massively popular lo-fi hit about demonic possession. Off-screen, Williams successively married two of the female stars of the 1998 poker film "Rounders," with a five-year marriage with ex-model Famke Janssen preceding his present marriage to actress Gretchen Mol.

Relationships

Famke Janssen Actor

Wife
Together since 1988 Married 1995 Divorced 2000

Gretchen Mol Actor

Wife
Began dating in 2000 married June 12, 2004 in New York City

Ptolemy Williams

Son
Born to Williams and wife Gretchen Mol on Sept. 10, 2007 in New York

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1993

Milestones

2004

Directed "The Door in the Floor" based on the novel by John Irving; also adapted screenplay; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay

Will helm the as-yet-untitled movie based on the book "Who Killed Daniel Pearl?" which details the investigation into the circumstances behind Pearl's kidnapping and slaying in Pakistan in 2002

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