Brad Falchuk

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Brad Falchuk
Brad Falchuk by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Falchuk at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born 1971 (age 42–43)
Occupation Screenwriter, director, producer
Nationality American

Brad Falchuk (born c. 1971) is a television writer, director and producer. He is best known for his work on the television series Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story.

Early life[edit]

Falchuk grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, where he attended Beaver Country Day School. In high school, he tried to stand out from his classmates by wearing a tie to school each day and declaring himself a Republican.[1] He said, "I was always trying to look smart because I didn't feel smart"; he actually suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia. In high school, he played baseball, basketball and lacrosse. He later attended the American Film Institute.[1] He also graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1993.[2]


Falchuk's career in television began as a writer for Mutant X (2001), Earth: Final Conflict (2001–2002) and Veritas: The Quest (2003) before he was hired to work on the first season of Nip/Tuck in 2003. There he formed a close bond and partnership with the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. Falchuk and Murphy went on to write a television pilot called Pretty/Handsome about a transsexual gynecologist—which the FX network bought in 2008 but did not pick up as a series.[1][3]

As Nip/Tuck neared its sixth and final season, Falchuk and Murphy began to look for their next project and decided to focus on a lighter subject. They teamed up with Ian Brennan, who had written a screenplay about high school show choirs, to pitch a one-hour comedy about a glee club to the Fox Broadcasting Company. Their pitch was successful and turned into the television show Glee, which premiered in 2009.[1] Falchuk, Murphy and Brennan received two Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series.[4] After the early success of Glee, Falchuk signed a two-year, seven-figure deal with 20th Century Fox Television which will involve further work on Glee as well as the development of other projects for the studio.[3]

In 2011, Falchuk, along with Murphy, co-created the FX horror drama American Horror Story. It premiered October 5, 2011.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Falchuk's brother is Evan Falchuk founded the United Independent Party, and who is a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014,[6] and the president of Best Doctors, Inc.[7] Falchuk is the son of Nancy Falchuk, the national president of the American Jewish women's organization Hadassah (as of 2007).[8] He has called Ryan Murphy his closest friend.[3]

In 2008, Falchuk was diagnosed by his father and brother's medical consulting firm to have a serious problem with his spinal cord. After undergoing emergency spinal surgery, he recovered fully, but his experience inspired parts of the Glee episode "Wheels".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Weiss, Joanna (August 30, 2009). "Welcome to the club". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Falchuk '93 Wins Golden Globe with Glee!". Hobart and William Smith Colleges. January 19, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2009). "'Glee' co-creator inks deal with 20th TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 1, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (December 14, 2009). "WGA announces TV noms". Variety. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
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  6. ^ Rachel Zimmerman (February 25, 2013). "Another Healthcare Leader Eyes Mass. Governor's Seat". WBUR. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Silver, Curtis (December 7, 2009). "We’re All Gleeks — 10 Questions for Glee Co-Creator Brad Falchuk". Wired. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ Breger, Sarah (September–October 2010). "A Mother’s Glee". Moment Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 

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