Tom Shadyac

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
After becoming the youngest-ever joke writer for Bob Hope, Tom Shadyac went on to write, direct and produce some of the most successful comedies of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He had his first big hit when he ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1958 in Falls Church, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Producer (12)

Happy 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Finding Kind 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Accepted 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

8 Simple Rules 2002 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dragonfly 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Happy (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Magic 8 Ball (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (9)

I Am 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Dragonfly 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Liar Liar 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Frankenstein: The College Years (TV Show)

Director
Writer (3)

I Am 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

I Am 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jocks 1986 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Biography

After becoming the youngest-ever joke writer for Bob Hope, Tom Shadyac went on to write, direct and produce some of the most successful comedies of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He had his first big hit when he co-wrote and directed "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994), which helped turn Jim Carrey into a box office star. He followed that with another hit, a remake of "The Nutty Professor" (1996) with Eddie Murphy, before striking gold with Carrey again on the massively successful "Liar, Liar" (1997). Though critics often decried his movies as crass and lowbrow, they scored with audiences who flocked to see the likes of Carrey and Murphy engage in no-holds-barred physical comedy. After directing Robin Williams in the financially successful, but critically maligned "Patch Adams" (1998), Shadyac took a risk directing the moody supernatural thriller, "Dragonfly" (2002), and paid the price when the movie flopped with critics and audiences. He returned to what he did best, directing limber-limbed Jim Carrey in another box office hit, "Bruce Almighty" (2003) and Steve Carell in its mediocre sequel "Evan Almighty" (2007). But Shadyac's life took a sudden turn in 2007 when he suffered a serious concussion that left him with severe side effects that prompted him to simplify his life by donating his excess fortune and moving into a trailer park. Shadyac explored his personal journey and mankind's addiction to materialism in the documentary "I Am" (2011), marking a decidedly drastic turn in the comedy director's career.

Relationships

Jennifer Barker

Wife
Married in June 1997 divorced

Richard Shadyac

Father

Julie Shadyac

Mother
Died of cancer in 1998

EDUCATION

University of Virginia

Charlottesville , Virginia

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1989
Directed short film "Tom, Dick and Harry"

Milestones

2011

Directed first film in four years, his self-financed documentary "I Am," in which Shadyac talks to world figures who inspired him

2007

Directed "Evan Almighty," the sequel to his 2003 film "Bruce Almighty" with Steve Carell replacing Jim Carrey in the lead role

2007

Produced the Adam Sandler comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"

2003

Re-teamed with actor Jim Carrey to direct and produce "Bruce Almighty"

2002

Directed the film "Dragonfly," starring Kevin Costner

2002

Executive produced the ABC series "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter"

1999

Signed three-year first-look agreement with Universal

1998

Directed Robin Williams in "Patch Adams"

1997

Re-teamed with Jim Carrey for "Liar Liar"

1996

Directed and co-wrote the remake of "The Nutty Professor," starring Eddie Murphy

1994

Co-wrote and directed "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," starring Jim Carrey

1991

Directed the TV-movie "Frankenstein: The College Years" (Fox)

1989

Made short film "Tom, Dick and Harry," while at UCLA film school

1986

Acted in the feature film "Jocks"

Formed Shady Acres Productions

Became youngest staff joke writer ever for Bob Hope at age 23

Formed 333 Music Group

Bonus Trivia

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In September 2007, Shadyac was involved in a bicycle accident while visiting relatives in Virginia. He was later diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, which put him into a severe depression.

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