Warren Leight

Screenwriter, Playwright, Director
After a circuitous route that included stints as a teacher in China, a scriptwriter at a low-budget exploitation production company and a journalist, Warren Leight found critical acclaim and popular success with his ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1957 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (8)

Mother's Day 2012 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "Mother's Day) (Source Material)

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Night We Never Met 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Me and Him 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

National Lampoon's Hot Flashes 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer

Stuck on You! 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mother's Day 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

In Treatment 2003 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Lights Out 2003 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

The Night We Never Met 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema Of Edwin S. Porter 1981 (Movie)

("Terrible Teddy") (Voice)

Biography

After a circuitous route that included stints as a teacher in China, a scriptwriter at a low-budget exploitation production company and a journalist, Warren Leight found critical acclaim and popular success with his autobiographical drama "Side Man", produced on the New York stage in 1998. The New York native crafted a memory play that explored the familial relationships among a jazz trumpeter, his alcoholic wife and their son caught in the middle. Originally produced in a small theater off-off-Broadway, the show transferred to off-Broadway and then finally to Broadway (with Christian Slater in the leading role) where it was one of the three finalists for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Relationships

Donald Leight

Father
born c. 1923 played jazz with Claude Thornhill, Woody Herman and others

Timmy Leight

Mother
born c. 1928 of Italian-American heritage played small role in "A Certain Sacrifice" (1979)

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , California 1977
attended on full scholarship

Milestones

2001

Premiered revised version of "The Glimmer Brothers", now called "Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine", at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A.

2000

Signed to write screenplay for sequel to "The Commitments"

1999

New play "The Glimmer Brothers" premiered at Williamstown Theater Festival

1998

"Side Man" opened Off-Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company (CSC) then transferred Off-Broadway to Roundabout Theater and later to Broadway (with Christian Slater in a leading role); play was finalist for 1999 Pulitzer Prize; also received Tony nomination

1996

First prodcution of his autobiographical play "Side Man" at Manhattan's West Bank Cafe

1996

Wrote the original script for "Dear God"; Leight has said that after several drafts the project was taken away from him and 11 other writers worked on film but he shared screen credit in the released version; referred to it as "a humiliating disaster"

1993

Feature directorial debut, "The Night We Never Met"; also debut as solo screenwriter

1988

Was one of three credited writers for the script of Doris Dorre's "Me and Him"

1985

Contributed to the Off-Broadway musical revue "Mayor!"

1984

Contributed to the syndicated TV series "National Lampoon's Hot Flashes"

1980

First screenplay produced, the low-budget thriller "Mother's Day",; co-wrote with director Charles Kaufman; credited as Warren D Leight

1977

Returned to NYC when his mother became ill

1977

After graduating college, worked as a house painter in Northern California

Raised in NYC

Worked a variety of odd jobs, including as freelance journalist, joke writer, stand-up comic and teacher

Wrote or rewrote screenplays for a Manhattan-based low-budget exploitation production company (Troma)

Bonus Trivia

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Leight was injured in an autmobile accident in July 1997 and spent three months in the hospital. Eight months later "Side Man" opened off-off-Broadway.

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