Edward Zwick

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Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick by Bridget Laudien.jpg
Edward Zwick in 2008
Born Edward M. Zwick
(1952-10-08) October 8, 1952 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity Jewish[1]
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1983 – present
Spouse(s) Lynn Liberty Godshall (since 1982)[1]

Edward M. Zwick (born October 8, 1952) is an American filmmaker and film producer noted for his films about social and racial issues. He has been described as a "throwback to an earlier era, an extremely cerebral director whose movies consistently feature fully rounded characters, difficult moral issues, and plots that thrive on the ambiguity of authority."[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Zwick was born into a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth Ellen (née Reich) and Allen Zwick.[1] He attended New Trier High School, received a B.A. from Harvard in 1974, and attended the AFI Conservatory, graduating with an M.F.A. degree in 1975.

Career[edit]

His films include Glory (1989), Legends of the Fall (1994), The Siege (1998), The Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006), and Defiance (2008). Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a film production company called The Bedford Falls Company (inspired by the name of the town featured in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life). This company has produced such notable films as Traffic and Shakespeare in Love and the TV shows Thirtysomething, Relativity, Once and Again, and My So-Called Life.

He was one of the recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture for Shakespeare in Love; he was also nominated in the same category for Traffic.

Despite sharing a surname and being in the same profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick.

Films[edit]

Directed[edit]

Produced[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Edward Zwick Biography (1952–). FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  2. ^ "Edward Zwick: Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 20, 2007. 

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