Steven Zaillian

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Steven Zaillian
Born Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian
(1953-01-30) January 30, 1953 (age 61)
Fresno, California

Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian[1][2] (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, film editor, producer, and founder of Film Rites, a film production company. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List and he has been nominated for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. He was also presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival and the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2011.

Zaillian was born in Fresno, California, the son of Jim Zaillian, a radio news reporter. He attended Sonoma State University, graduated from San Francisco State University and lives in Los Angeles.[3] He is of Armenian descent.[4]


Film Year Director Oscar wins Oscar nominations Notes
Falcon and the Snowman, TheThe Falcon and the Snowman 1985 Schlesinger, JohnJohn Schlesinger
Awakenings 1990 Marshall, PennyPenny Marshall 3 Nominated for Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Schindler's List 1993 Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg 7 12 Won Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Zaillian 1 Directorial debut, also wrote
Jack the Bear 1993 Herskovitz, MarshallMarshall Herskovitz Screenplay
Clear and Present Danger 1994 Noyce, PhillipPhillip Noyce Screenplay
Mission: Impossible 1996 De Palma, BrianBrian De Palma Story
Civil Action, AA Civil Action 1998 Zaillian 2 Directed and wrote
Hannibal 2001 Scott, RidleyRidley Scott Re-wrote screenplay by David Mamet
Gangs of New York 2002 Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese 10 Nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Jay Cocks and Kenneth Lonergan
Interpreter, TheThe Interpreter 2005 Pollack, SydneySydney Pollack Screenplay with Scott Frank
All the King's Men 2006 Zaillian Directed and wrote
American Gangster 2007 Scott, RidleyRidley Scott 2 Wrote and produced
Moneyball 2011 Miller, BennettBennett Miller 6 Nominated – Screenplay with Aaron Sorkin
Nominated—AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 Fincher, DavidDavid Fincher 1 5 Screenplay
Life Itself 2014 Steve James Executive producer
Exodus: Gods and Kings 2014 Ridley Scott Screenplay
The Dark Side TBA Based on the book of the same name by Anthony O'Neill


  1. ^ "Steven Zaillian Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  3. ^ "Steven Zaillian Biography (1953–)". Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Steven Zaillian biography and filmography". January 30, 1953. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 

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