Charlie McDowell

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Charlie McDowell
Charlie McDowell.jpg
Born Charles Malcom Taylor
(1983-07-10) July 10, 1983 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education AFI Conservatory
Occupation Film director, writer
Notable work The One I Love
The Discovery
Parent(s) Malcolm McDowell
Mary Steenburgen
Ted Danson (stepfather)
Kelley Kuhr (stepmother)

Charlie McDowell (born July 10, 1983)[1] is an American film director and writer. He is most known for his film The One I Love.


In 2011, McDowell's Twitter feed, @charliemcdowell, was described by Time as "one of the most hilarious Twitter feeds out there,"[2] and in 2013 Three Rivers Press published McDowell's book, Dear Girls Above Me, based on his Twitter feed.[3][4]

His debut film, The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, where shortly after it was acquired by RADiUS-TWC and released in August 2014.[5][6][7] In 2015, McDowell directed Sarah Silverman's HBO pilot.[8] McDowell's next film The Discovery, stars Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, and Robert Redford.[9][10] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix for a global release in 2017.[11]

In March 2017, film-maker McDowell announced he was adapting author Don DeLillo's novel Zero K as a limited series for FX with Noah Hawley and Scott Rudin producing.[12]

Personal life[edit]

McDowell was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of English actor Malcolm McDowell and American actress Mary Steenburgen.[13][14] He has an older sister, Lilly Amanda (born 1981), and three younger half-brothers, Beckett Taylor (born 2004), Finnian Anderson (born 2006), and Seamus Hudson (born 2009), from his father's marriage to Kelley Kuhr.

In 2006, he received his MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.

From 2010 to late 2016, he was in a relationship with American actress Rooney Mara.[15][16][17]


  1. ^ "Charlie McDowell". Celebrity-birthday.sorg. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ Megan Gibson (28 March 2011). "Charlie McDowell". Time. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dear Girls Above Me [review]". Publishers Weekly. 2013-07-01. 
  4. ^ Bielski, Zosia (2013-06-27). "'Forced to listen' to the girls upstairs, Charlie McDowell took to Twitter". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Sundance 2014: You're not supposed to know anything about 'The One I Love'". Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 23, 2014). "Sundance: Radius-TWC Acquires 'The One I Love'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 19, 2014). "Hot Trailer: Elisabeth Moss & Mark Duplass Get Trippy In 'The One I Love'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2015). "Charlie McDowell To Direct HBO's Sarah Silverman Pilot, Jeremy Garelick To Helm Fox's 'Detour'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Dave McNary (2015-10-27). "Nicholas Hoult, Rooney Mara Starring in Romance 'The Discovery'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  10. ^ Busch, Anita (March 9, 2016). "Robert Redford & Jason Segel Join Rooney Mara In 'The Discovery'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ Jafaar, Ali (June 13, 2016). "Netflix Acquires The World On 'The Discovery' With Rooney Mara, Robert Redford And Jason Segel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  12. ^ Swinson, Brock (March 30, 2017). "The Discovery: A Big Premise Character Piece". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ Matt Patches (2014-01-08). "Sundance Preview: Mark Duplass is Both Mentor and Star on Set of 'The One I Love'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  14. ^ Nigel M Smith (2015-04-18). "The Indiewire Springboard: Meet Twitter Sensation, Published Author and Director of 'The One I Love, Charlie McDowell". Indiewire. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  15. ^ "Rooney Mara Is Dating Charlie McDowell". People Magazine. January 18, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  16. ^ Whiteman, Bobbie (May 6, 2016). "Still going strong! Rooney Mara and beau of six years Charlie McDowell make rare appearance together in NYC during shopping spree". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ Mohr, Ian (January 10, 2017). "Hollywood's Jesus and Mary hooking up". New York Post. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 

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