Richard LaGravenese

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Richard LaGravenese
Born October 30, 1959 (age 54) or 1960 (age 53) (sources differ)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Screenwriter, film director
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Ann Weiss
Children 1

Richard LaGravenese (born October 30, 1959 or 1960; sources vary)[1] is an American screenwriter and film director, best known as the writer of The Fisher King.

Personal life[edit]

LaGravenese was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a taxi driver.[1] He is of Italian descent.[2] He graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1980 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting.[3]

Career[edit]

LaGravenese wrote The Fisher King on spec in the late 1980s. It was acquired by Stacey Sher, Lynda Obst, Debra Hill's production company and subsequently directed by Terry Gilliam.

In New York City during the early 1980s, billed as "The Double R" comedy duo, in collaboration with playwright Richard O’Donnell, LaGravenese co-penned and consecutively performed in several Off-Off-Broadway productions including Spare Parts, Blood-brothers" at The 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Lion Theatre, and West Bank Cafe.

Awards[edit]

LaGravenese was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Fisher King.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Director Screenwriter Notes
1989 Rude Awakening Yes Directed by David Greenwalt and Aaron Russo
1991 The Fisher King Yes Directed by Terry Gilliam
1994 The Ref Yes Directed by Ted Demme
1995 A Little Princess Yes Directed by Alfonso Cuaron
1995 The Bridges of Madison County Yes Directed by Clint Eastwood
1995 Unstrung Heroes Yes Directed by Diane Keaton
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Yes Directed by Barbra Streisand
1998 The Horse Whisperer Yes Directed by Robert Redford
1998 Living Out Loud Yes Yes
1998 Beloved Yes Directed by Jonathan Demme
2006 Paris, Je T'aime segment Pigalle Yes
2007 Freedom Writers Yes Yes
2007 P.S., I Love You Yes Yes
2010 Conviction Yes
2011 Water for Elephants Yes Directed by Francis Lawrence
2013 Beautiful Creatures Yes Yes
2013 Behind the Candelabra Yes Directed by Steven Soderbergh
2014 The Last 5 Years Yes Yes
2014 Unbroken Yes Co-written with the Coen Brothers and William Nicholson
Directed by Angelina Jolie

Announced projects[edit]

Awards & nominations[edit]

LaGravenese's screenplay for The Fisher King garnered an Academy Award nomination.

In 2002, LaGravenese was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Richard Lagravenese Biography (1959?-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. "Born October 30, 1959 (some sources say 1960)..." 
  2. ^ Hornaday, Ann (March 27, 1994). "Film; Still Speaking After Writing 'The Ref'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Primetime Emmy Nominees > And the Tisch nominees are...". Tisch School of the Arts. 2013, date n.a. Retrieved 2013-12-12. "Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special ... Richard LaGravenese ’80 (BFA, Acting)" 
  4. ^ "The 64th Academy Awards (1992) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  5. ^ Frankel, Daniel (January 6, 2009). "Showtime in bed with LaGravenese". Variety. 
  6. ^ Gioia, Michael (February 21, 2013). "Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick Will Explore The Last Five Years On Screen in Richard LaGravenese Adaptation". Playbill. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  7. ^ Austin Film Festival.com, Past Award Recipients (accessdate 20014-08-14)

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