Craig Mazin

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Craig Mazin
Born (1971-04-08) April 8, 1971 (age 44)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Director, screenwriter
Years active 1997–present

Craig Mazin (born April 8, 1971) is an American screenwriter and director.

Life and career[edit]

Mazin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Staten Island, New York. He moved to Marlboro Township, New Jersey when he was a teen and attended Freehold High School which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2010.[1] He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in psychology from Princeton University in 1992. Mazin's freshman roommate at Princeton was Ted Cruz, now the junior U.S. Senator from Texas and a candidate for the 2016 presidential election year.[2][3] He has been highly critical of Cruz and ridicules him frequently from his Twitter account.

My freshman year college roommate Ted Cruz is going to be elected Senator. In case I hadn't made it clear, he's also a huge asshole.[4]

He began his entertainment career in marketing; he was an executive with the Walt Disney Company in the mid-1990s, responsible for writing and producing campaigns for studio films.

As a screenwriter, his credited work includes Senseless, RocketMan, Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4 and Identity Thief. Other projects in development include the upcoming movie Opus, an animated collaboration with cartoonist Berkeley Breathed. He produced and directed (but did not write) the low-budget superhero film The Specials. Mazin wrote and directed another superhero film spoof Superhero Movie. He also co-wrote the script for The Hangover films, parts II and III.

In 2004, Mazin was elected to the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America, West. He did not seek re-election, and his term expired in September 2006.

Along with fellow former WGA board member Ted Elliott, Mazin used to run a website called The Artful Writer, which focused on issues relevant to working screenwriters. It closed in 2011.

In 2011, Mazin and fellow screenwriter John August began Scriptnotes, a weekly podcast on the craft of screenwriting and the film industry.[5]


Year Title Credit Notes
1997 RocketMan Co-Story by, Co-Written by
1998 Senseless Co-Written by
2003 Scary Movie 3 Writer
2006 Scary Movie 4 Writer, Producer
2008 Superhero Movie Writer, Director, Producer
2011 The Hangover Part II Screenplay
2013 The Hangover Part III Written by
2013 Identity Thief Writer
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Writer


  1. ^ Celano, Clare Marie. "Freehold Hall of Fame inductees to be feted", News Transcript, March 3, 2010. Accessed February 5, 2011. "Screenwriter and author Craig Mazin, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., was 13 when he moved to Marlboro."
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  3. ^ Patricia Murphy. "Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same"
  4. ^ Said on October 26th 2012
  5. ^ Scriptnotes on iTunes

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