David Dobkin (director)

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David Dobkin
Born (1969-06-23) June 23, 1969 (age 45)
Washington, D.C.
Occupation Film director
producer
screenwriter
Composer
Nationality American
Genre Comedy
Notable works Clay Pigeons
Shanghai Knights
Wedding Crashers
The Judge
Spouse Megan Wolpert

David Dobkin (born June 23, 1969) is an American film director, producer and former screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Clay Pigeons, Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, and The Judge.

Early life[edit]

A native of Washington D.C., Dobkin attended Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD. He then graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in Film & Television in 1991. He had launched his career six years earlier as an assistant to the production manager on John Schlesinger's film, The Believers. While pursuing his NYU film studies, he worked for Warner Bros. development division. His NYU thesis film, 57th Street Serenade, won several national and international awards including a 1992 C.I.N.E. Eagle and a Gold award at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a director.[1]

Career[edit]

Dobkin helmed his first feature film, Clay Pigeons, for Scott Free the first film produced at Ridley and Tony Scott's production company that they did not direct. The black comedy about a series of small-town murders starred Vince Vaughn, Joaquin Phoenix and Janeane Garofalo, and was distributed by Gramercy Pictures. Dobkin followed the film by directing the hit comedy Shanghai Knights starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson[2]

Dobkin has directed commercials for clients such as ESPN, Heineken (which earned him honors from SHOOT magazine), Carl's Jr., Coke, Honda, Coors Light and Sony PlayStation (which won a Bronze Lion at Cannes). His spots for the Utah Symphony were named "Spot of the Month" by Adweek Magazine and featured as the year's best in Communication Arts Magazine.[3] Dobkin's music video credits include George Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," Elton John's "You Can Make History" and Coolio's "1, 2, 3, 4" (MTV best dance video award), to name a few.

Quickly attracting the attention of several music labels, Dobkin made his music video debut with two video clips from rapper Tupac Shakur, both of which turned Platinum. Fifteen more videos followed in quick succession for such diverse music groups as Extreme, Robin Zander, Sonic Youth, dada, Blues Traveler, and others.[4]

Dobkin produced the film adaption of the Dark Horse comic Rest in Peace Department[5] and helmed the comedy film The Change-Up starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.[6] He directed 2014's The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dobkin married Megan Wolpert, a former film and television executive and daughter of screenwriter/producer Jay Wolpert.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 52nd Street Serenade Director
1995 Love Street Director TV episode "Freudian Slip"
1998 Ice Cream Man Screenwriter
1998 Clay Pigeons Director
2003 Shanghai Knights Director
2005 Wedding Crashers Director
2007 Mr. Woodcock Producer
2007 Fred Claus Director, Producer
2011 The Change-Up Director, Producer
2012 Last Call Executive Producer
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Producer, Story
2013 R.I.P.D. Executive Producer, Story
2014 The Judge Director, Producer, Story
2015 Vacation Producer

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