Alex Kurtzman

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Alex Kurtzman
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Alex Kurtzman speaking at an offsite San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 event for Sleepy Hollow
Born (1973-09-07) September 7, 1973 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California
Other names Alexander Kurtzman, Alexander Hilary Kurtzman
Occupation Writer, producer, director
Spouse(s) Samantha Counter (m. 2002)

Alex Kurtzman (born September 7, 1973) is an American film and television writer, producer and director.

Life and career[edit]

Kurtzman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California,[1] where he met his high school friend and longtime collaborator Roberto Orci. He attended Wesleyan University.[2]

Kurtzman first teamed with Orci on television on the syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. After they produced several storylines to cope with the absence of lead actor Kevin Sorbo following a stroke during the first season, Kurtzman and Orci were placed in charge of the show.[3] They were both aged 24.[3] They moved into films after they were asked to rewrite Michael Bay's The Island. The film earned $162 million at the box office on a budget of $126 million, which was a sufficient success that they were brought back for Bay's Transformers, which earned $710 million. The Island, Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, although not particularly well received by critics, earned a combined $1.7 billion.[3] They wrote the 2009 film Star Trek alongside J. J. Abrams, with whom they had co-created the Fox science-fiction series Fringe. After the pilot, Kurtzman served as consulting producer on the show for the remainder of its run.[3]

In 2011, Forbes magazine described Orci and Kurtzman as "Hollywood's Secret Weapons" as over the course of the previous six years, their films grossed a combined total of over $3 billion at the box office.[3] The partnership also wrote People like Us, originally known as Welcome to People, which was Kurtzman's directorial debut.[3]

Since 2002, Kurtzman has been married to Samantha Counter, daughter of lawyer Nick Counter.[4]


Year Film Credit Notes
2005 The Island co-writer
The Legend of Zorro co-writer
2006 Mission: Impossible III co-writer
2007 Transformers co-writer
2008 Eagle Eye producer
2009 Watchmen co-writer uncredited script polish[5]
Star Trek co-writer and executive producer
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen co-writer
The Proposal executive producer
2011 Cowboys & Aliens co-writer, producer
2012 People Like Us director, co-writer, co-producer
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer, producer
Now You See Me producer
Ender's Game producer
2014 All You Need is Kill co-writer[6]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writer, executive producer[7]
2016 The Amazing Spider-Man 3 co-Writer [8]
The Mummy producer[6]
TBA Van Helsing producer[6]
2017 Venom director and co-writer[6]

Television credits[edit]

Year TV Series Credit Notes
1997-1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys co-executive producer, writer
1999-2000 Xena: Warrior Princess co-executive producer, writer
2000 Jack of All Trades executive producer, writer
2001-2003 Alias supervising producer, co-executive producer, executive producer, writer
2004 The Secret Service co-creator, executive producer, co-writer pilot
2008–2013 Fringe co-creator, executive producer, consulting producer, writer
2010–2013 Transformers Prime executive producer
2010–present Hawaii 5-0 co-developer, executive producer, writer
2011 Exit Strategy co-creator, executive producer, co-writer pilot
Locke & Key co-developer, executive producer, co-writer pilot
2013 Sleepy Hollow co-creator, co-writer, executive producer pilot[9]
2014 Matador[10] executive producer In production


  1. ^ "Alex Kurtzman Biography". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  2. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Character-Driven Films (but Keep the Kaboom)". New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Pomerantz, Dorothy (May 18, 2011). "Roberto Orci And Alex Kurtzman: Hollywood's Secret Weapons". Forbes. 
  4. ^ Hubler, Shawn (June 27, 2007). "Reel life was his real love". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Roberto Orci (2008-08-10). "The All New "Hey Roberto" Thread". Don Murphy. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Universal Signs Kurtzman And Orci; Pair Takes On ‘The Mummy’ And ‘Van Helsing’". Deadline Hollywood. May 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (April 24, 2012). "Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Re-Writing Sequel To ‘Amazing Spider-Man’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  8. ^ Sony Snags 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Writers for Third Film (Exclusive)
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2013). "UPDATE: Fox Picks Up Three Drama, Four Comedy Pilots, Including 'Sleepy Hollow'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 12, 2014). "Scripted Series 'Matador' to Premiere in Summer 2014 on El Rey Network". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 

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