Edward Zwick

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Edward Zwick
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Zwick at the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Japan Premiere Red Carpet on Nov 2016
Born Edward M. Zwick
(1952-10-08) October 8, 1952 (age 65)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University, A.B. 1974
AFI Conservatory, MFA 1975
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Lynn Liberty Godshall (since 1982)[1]

Edward M. Zwick (born October 8, 1952) is an American filmmaker, director and Academy Award-winning film and television producer. He has worked primarily in the comedy-drama and epic historical film genres, including About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, and The Last Samurai.

Early life and education[edit]

Zwick was born into a Jewish family[2] in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth Ellen (née Reich) and Allen Zwick.[1] He attended New Trier High School, received an A.B. at Harvard in 1974, and attended the AFI Conservatory, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975.


Zwick during a Q & A session following a screening of "Defiance" on 20 Nov 2008.

His films include Glory (1989), Legends of the Fall (1994), The Siege (1998), The Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006), and Defiance (2008). Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a film production company called The Bedford Falls Company (inspired by the name of the town featured in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life). This company has produced such notable films as Traffic and Shakespeare in Love and the TV shows thirtysomething, Relativity, Once and Again, and My So-Called Life.

He was one of the recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture for Shakespeare in Love; he was also nominated in the same category for Traffic.

Despite sharing a surname and profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick.




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