Vince Gilligan

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Vince Gilligan
Vince Gilligan by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Vince Gilligan at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born George Vincent Gilligan, Jr.
(1967-02-10) February 10, 1967 (age 47)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Writer, screenwriter, film director, film producer, television producer
Years active 1990–present
Partner(s) Holly Rice (1991–present)

George Vincent "Vince" Gilligan, Jr. (born February 10, 1967)[1] is an American writer, director, and producer. He is known for his television work, specifically being the creator of Breaking Bad, co-creator of The Lone Gunmen, and a writer and producer for The X-Files. He has two upcoming series planned: Battle Creek, a police drama, and Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spin-off.

Early life[edit]

Gilligan was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Gail, a grade school teacher, and George Vincent Gilligan, Sr., an insurance claims adjuster.[2] His parents divorced in 1974 and he and his younger brother, Patrick, were raised in Farmville and Chesterfield County.[1][3] Growing up, Gilligan became best friends with future film editor and film title designer Angus Wall. His interest in film began when Wall's mother, Jackie, who also taught alongside Gilligan's mother, would lend her Super 8 film cameras to him. He used the camera to make science fiction films with Patrick.[4] One of his first films was entitled Space Wreck, starring his brother in the lead role. One year later, he won first prize for his age group in a film competition at the University of Virginia.[1]

Jackie would take Wall and Gilligan to Richmond and drop them off at Cloverleaf Mall to see films, and encourage both of them to pursue a career in the arts. "I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for Jackie. She was a wonderful lady and a real inspiration," he recalls.[4] Gilligan was recognized for his talents and creativity at an early age. George Sr. described him as a "kind of a studious-type young man, and he liked to read, and he had a vivid imagination". He introduced Gilligan to film noir classics, as well as John Wayne and Clint Eastwood Westerns on late-night television.[4] Gilligan won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. After eighth grade, he moved back to Chesterfield to attend high school.[1]

After graduating from Lloyd C. Bird High School in 1985, Gilligan went on to attend New York University on a partial scholarship, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.[5] While at NYU, he wrote the screenplay for Home Fries, which was later turned into a film; Gilligan received the Virginia Governor's Screenwriting Award in 1989 for the screenplay.[3] One of the judges of the competition was Mark Johnson, a film producer. He was impressed by Gilligan, saying he "was the most imaginative writer I'd ever read".[4] Johnson would serve as a mentor to Gilligan, introducing him to The X-Files creator Chris Carter.[1]

Career[edit]

The X-Files[edit]

Gilligan's big break came when he joined the Fox television drama The X-Files. Gilligan was a fan of the show, and submitted a script to Fox which became the second season episode "Soft Light".[6] He went on to write twenty-nine more episodes, in addition to being co-executive producer of forty-four episodes, executive producer of forty, co-producer of twenty-four, and supervising producer of twenty. He also co-created and became executive producer of the The X-Files spin-off series The Lone Gunmen. The series only ran for one season which consisted of thirteen episodes.

Breaking Bad[edit]

Gilligan created, wrote, directed, and produced the AMC drama series Breaking Bad. Gilligan created the series with the premise that the hero would become the villain. "Television is historically good at keeping its characters in a self-imposed stasis so that shows can go on for years or even decades," he said. "When I realized this, the logical next step was to think, how can I do a show in which the fundamental drive is toward change?"[7] He added that his goal with Walter White was to turn him from Mr. Chips into Tony Montana.[8] While pitching the show to studios, Gilligan was initially discouraged when he learned of the existing series Weeds and its similarities to the premise of Breaking Bad. While his producers convinced him that the show was different enough to still be successful, he later stated that he would not have gone forward with the idea had he known about Weeds earlier.[9]

Breaking Bad received widespread critical acclaim and has been praised by many critics as being among the greatest television dramas of all time.[7] Gilligan was nominated for a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the first episode of the series, "Pilot".[10] In 2012, he was nominated again in the same category for the episode "Face Off".[11] Writers Guild of America awarded him three times in straight succession, from 2012 to 2014, for his writing work on Breaking Bad. [12][13][14] In 2014, he won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series for directing the finale of Breaking Bad, "Felina".[15]

Series in pre-production[edit]

In September 2013, Sony Pictures Television announced a deal with AMC to produce a Breaking Bad spin-off prequel entitled Better Call Saul. It will focus on character Saul Goodman from the original series, before he became Walter White's lawyer, and will star Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as the title character.[16] Later that same month, Sony announced that it struck a deal with CBS to produce a new television series created by Gilligan entitled Battle Creek, which it anticipates will premiere as part of CBS's Fall 2014 season. Based on a script written by Gilligan ten years prior, the show will follow the partnership of two police detectives who must compete with a seemingly-perfect FBI agent. CBS has ordered thirteen episodes, all of which it has uncharacteristically guaranteed to air.[17]

Acting[edit]

Gilligan appeared as Devon in the ninth episode of Community's fifth season, his first acting role.

Personal life[edit]

Gilligan has been dating his girlfriend, Holly Rice, since 1991.[2] In an interview in 2011, Gilligan stated that, even though he was raised Catholic, he has since become agnostic.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Wilder Napalm Writer
1998 Home Fries Writer
2007 A.M.P.E.D. Writer
Executive producer
Television film
2008 Hancock Co-writer Written with Vincent Ngo
Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul at the 36th Annual Saturn Awards.

Television[edit]

Production staff[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 The X-Files Creative consultant Season 3
1996–1997 Co-producer Season 4
1997–1998 Supervising producer Season 5
1998–2000 Co-executive producer Seasons 6 and 7
1999–2000 Harsh Realm Consulting producer Season 1
2000–2002 The X-Files Executive producer Seasons 8 and 9
2001 The Lone Gunmen Executive producer Season 1
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Executive producer Seasons 1–5

Writer[edit]

Year Show Season Episode Episode number Original airdate Notes
1995 The X-Files 2 "Soft Light" 23 May 5, 1995
1996 3 "Pusher" 17 February 23, 1996
4 "Unruhe" 4 October 27, 1996
"Paper Hearts" 10 December 15, 1996
1997 "Leonard Betts" 12 January 26, 1997 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Memento Mori" 14 February 9, 1997 Written by Gilligan & Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz & John Shiban
"Small Potatoes" 20 April 20, 1997
5 "Unusual Suspects" 3 November 16, 1997
"Christmas Carol" 6 December 7, 1997 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Emily" 7 December 14, 1997 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
1998 "Kitsunegari" 8 January 4, 1998 Written by Gilligan & Tim Minear
"Bad Blood" 12 February 22, 1998
"Folie a Deux" 19 May 10, 1998
6 "Drive" 2 November 15, 1998
"Dreamland" 4 November 29, 1998 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Dreamland II" 5 December 6, 1998 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
1999 "Tithonus" 10 January 24, 1999
"Monday" 14 February 28, 1999 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban
"Three of a Kind" 20 May 2, 1999 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban
"Field Trip" 21 May 9, 1999 Teleplay by Gilligan & John Shiban
(Story by Frank Spotnitz)
7 "Hungry" 3 November 21, 1999
"Millennium" 4 November 28, 1999 Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
2000 "The Amazing Maleeni" 8 January 16, 2000 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"X-Cops" 12 February 20, 2000
"Theef" 14 March 12, 2000 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Je Souhaite" 21 May 14, 2000 Also director
8 "Roadrunners" 4 November 26, 2000
2001 The Lone Gunmen 1 "Pilot" 1 March 4, 2001 Written by Gilligan & Chris Carter & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Bond, Jimmy Bond" 2 March 11, 2001 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Planet of the Frohikes" 7 April 6, 2001
"Maximum Byers" 8 April 13, 2001 Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
"All About Yves" 12 May 11, 2001 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"The Cap'n Toby Show" 13 June 1, 2001 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
2002 The X-Files 9 "John Doe" 7 January 13, 2002
"Jump the Shark" 15 April 21, 2002 Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Sunshine Days" 18 May 12, 2002 Also director
Robbery Homicide Division 1 "Free and Clear" 4 November 30, 2002 Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
"City of Strivers" 7 November 8, 2002
"Life is Dust" 9 November 30, 2002 Teleplay written by Gilligan & Todd A. Kessler & Sean Jablonski
(Story by Michael Mann)
2005 Night Stalker 1 "What's the Frequency, Kolchak?" 10 March 17, 2006
2008 Breaking Bad 1 "Pilot" 1 January 20, 2008 Also director
"Cat's in the Bag..." 2 January 27, 2008
"...And the Bag's in the River" 3 February 10, 2008
"Cancer Man" 4 February 17, 2008
2009 2 "Peekaboo" 6 April 12, 2009 Written by Gilligan & J. Roberts
"ABQ" 13 May 31, 2009
2010 3 "No Mas" 1 March 21, 2010
"Full Measure" 13 June 13, 2010 Also director
2011 4 "Box Cutter" 1 July 17, 2011
"Face Off" 13 October 9, 2011 Also director
2012 5 "Live Free or Die" 1 July 15, 2012
"Madrigal" 2 July 22, 2012
2013 "Felina" 16 September 29, 2013 Also director

Acting[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Community Devon Episode: "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1997 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1998 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1998 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2009 Writers Guild of America Award Best New Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2009 Writers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Breaking Bad Won
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2010 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2010 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2011 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2011 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Breaking Bad Won
2012 Writers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Breaking Bad Won
2012 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Breaking Bad Won
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2014 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2014 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Breaking Bad Won
2014 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Breaking Bad Won
2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best International Programme Breaking Bad Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e McConnell, Jim. "Our Man in Hollywood". Chesterfield Monthly. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Segal, David (July 6, 2011). "The Dark Art of ‘Breaking Bad’". The New York Times. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Breaking Bad Biography" AMC June 29, 2013
  4. ^ a b c d Foster, Richard (July 2011). "Bad Man". Richmond Magazine. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Biography at Mahalo" November 25, 2009.
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (1995). The Truth is Out There: The Official Guide to the X-Files. Harper Prism. pp. 219–221. ISBN 0061053309. 
  7. ^ a b Klosterman, Chuck (July 12, 2011). "Bad Decisions". Grantland. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bowles, Scott (July 13, 2011). "'Breaking Bad' Shows Man at His Worst in Season 4". USA Today. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vince Gilligan Talks 'Breaking Bad' Beginnings, 'Weeds'". Huffington Post. July 17, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "2008 Emmy Nominees" Los Angeles Times July 14, 2008
  11. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "2012 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". wga.org. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2013 WGA Awards Winners Complete List". time.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "WGA Awards 2014 Winners Complete List". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "66th Annual DGA Awards". dga.org. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Arons, Rachel (September 12, 2013). "Better Call Saul! Breaking Bad's Spinoff Series". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ Carter, Bill (September 25, 2013). "'Breaking Bad' Creator Gilligan in Deal for CBS Show, 'Battle Creek'". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ http://m.npr.org/story/140111200

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