Jim Taylor (born 1963 in Seattle, Washington) is an American producer and screenwriter, best known as the writing partner of Alexander Payne. They are credited as co-writers of six films released between 1996 and 2007: Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), Jurassic Park III (2001, with Peter Buchman), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007, with Barry Fanaro and Lew Gallo).
More recently, Taylor has been working as a producer, being so credited on Cedar Rapids (2011); according to the Internet Movie Database, as of August 2010 he has at least three films in various stages of production, all but one of which also involve Payne: The Descendants (2011), Seven Chinese Brothers (2011), and Fork in the Road (2011).
Early years 
||I felt like I was too young, and I didn’t have anything to make movies about. So very specifically, I went to Pomona to get a liberal arts education and not do filmmaking, even though I knew that was what I ultimately wanted to do.
—Taylor, in a 2005 interview for Pomona College Magazine
Taylor is a graduate of Bellevue High School and a 1984 graduate of Pomona College, a liberal arts school he attended instead of accepting an offer from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His career began in 1987, working for Cannon Films. After visiting China on an Avery Foundation grant, Taylor returned to L.A. and spent three years working with Ivan Passer; he also worked for Devon Foster, a director at HBO, as Foster's assistant. He met Payne while working temporary jobs in Los Angeles, eventually moving in with him for financial reasons. While roommates the two wrote short films and started writing Citizen Ruth. After winning money on the game show Wheel of Fortune, Taylor entered Tisch School of the Arts at the age of 30. He and Payne did further rewrites on Citizen Ruth while Taylor was a graduate student; the film got made during his third year there. Taylor received an M.F.A. in Filmmaking from New York University in 1996.
- ^ a b c d e f "Rite of Passage". Pomona College Magazine (Vol. 41, No. 2). Pomona College. Spring 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- ^ a b "Kanbar Institute Alumni Awarded Oscars". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- ^ "Jim Taylor (Co-screenwriter)". sideways-movie.com. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- ^ Jim Taylor at the Internet Movie Database
- ^ a b c d e Christian Divine. "About Schmidt: Uneasy Rider". christiandivine.com. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
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