Ed Solomon

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Ed Solomon
Born (1960-09-15) September 15, 1960 (age 60)
OccupationWriter, director, producer
(m. 1995; div. 2011)

Edward James Solomon (born September 15, 1960) is an American writer, producer and director.

Life and career[edit]

Solomon began his career in college as a joke writer, stand up comedian, and playwright and, while still in college, was a staff writer for Laverne & Shirley — making him (at the time) the youngest member of the Writers Guild of America. He then spent three years writing the cult Showtime TV series, It's Garry Shandling's Show, and has helped create critically acclaimed hit franchise films in each of the past four decades, including Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (with Chris Matheson) (the 1980s), Men in Black (1990s), Charlie's Angels (2000s), and Now You See Me (2010s).

In March 2016 he completed production on Mosaic, a 12-hour long-form TV project for HBO in collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh,[1] and worked on an early version of a Universal The Invisible Man remake,[2] with Johnny Depp.

He married Cynthia Cleese, daughter of Connie Booth and John Cleese, in 1995.[3][4] They have two children and divorced in 2011.

Solomon is Jewish.[5]



Year Film Credit Notes
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Soundtrack Lyrics: "No on Fifteen"
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Written by, Stupid Waiter Co-wrote with Chris Matheson
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Written by, co-producer, "Stupid" Seance Member
1992 Leaving Normal Written by, associate producer, Jerk in Bar As Edward Solomon
Mom and Dad Save the World Written by, Destroyer #13 Co-wrote with Chris Matheson
1993 Super Mario Bros. Written by Co-wrote with Parker Bennett & Terry Runte
1997 Men in Black
2000 The Prime Gig Special thanks
What Planet Are You From? Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Garry Shandling & Michael Leeson and Peter Tolan, based on a story by Garry Shandling & Michael Leeson
X-Men Uncredited revision
Charlie's Angels Written by Co-wrote with Ryan Rowe and John August
2003 The In-Laws Co-wrote with Andrew Bergman and Nat Mauldin
Levity Director, written by, producer
2005 Paradise Now Thanks
2008 Choke The producers wish to thank
2009 Imagine That Written by Co-wrote with Chris Matheson
2010 Barry Munday Doctor #2
2013 Now You See Me Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt, based on a story by Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt
Rapture-Palooza Producer
2016 Now You See Me 2 Screenplay by, story by, executive producer Co-wrote story with Peter Chiarelli
2020 Bill & Ted Face the Music Written by Co-wrote with Chris Matheson
TBA No Sudden Move Screenplay by


Year Film Credit Notes
1982–1983 Laverne & Shirley Teleplay by, story by
1986–1989 It's Garry Shandling's Show Script consultant, written by
1990 The Dave Thomas Comedy Show Written by
1992 Arresting Behavior Director
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Based on the characters created by Characters created with Chris Matheson
1999 The Unbelievables Director, written by, producer Television Movie
2017–2018 Mosaic Written by


  1. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (September 24, 2015). "Steven Soderbergh To Direct 'Mosaic' Film For HBO With Garrett Hedlund And Sharon Stone". Indiewire. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Kit, by Borys (February 9, 2016). "Johnny Depp to Star in Universal's "Invisible Man" Reboot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Cate, Hans ten (February 12, 1997). "NEWS 1997_02_12 - John Cleese Shoots Daughter Cynthia". Daily Llama. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "THE SOCIAL SCENE -- A Cleese Wedding Held Away From the 'Fawlty' Line / British comedian's daughter marries in the Napa Valley". SFGate. September 18, 1995. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "Screenwriter Ed Solomon's Excellent Adventure". Jewish Journal. March 14, 2018.

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