Launer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and brought up in the San Fernando valley. He attended California State University, Northridge, where, after changing his major to Film, he recognised his desire for a job writing and directing films. His first successful screen play was Ruthless People (1986).
- Tom's Nu Heaven (2005) - Producer, Director, Writer
- Love Potion No. 9 (1992) - Producer, Director, Writer
- My Cousin Vinny (1992) - Producer, Writer
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) - Executive Producer, Writer
- Blind Date (1987) - Writer
- Ruthless People (1986) - Writer
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