Edward Zwick

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Edward Zwick
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Zwick at the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Japan premiere red carpet in November 2016
Edward M. Zwick

(1952-10-08) October 8, 1952 (age 66)
Alma materHarvard University, A.B. 1974
AFI Conservatory, MFA 1975
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active1983–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 in Chicago, Illinois,[2][3][4] 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.



Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1986 About Last Night... Yes No No Directorial Debut
1989 Glory Yes No No Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Director
1992 Leaving Normal Yes No No
1994 Legends of the Fall Yes Yes No Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Director
1996 Courage Under Fire Yes No No
1998 The Siege Yes Yes Yes
2003 The Last Samurai Yes Yes Yes Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Director
2006 Blood Diamond Yes Yes No
2008 Defiance Yes Yes Yes
2010 Love & Other Drugs Yes Yes Yes
2014 Pawn Sacrifice Yes Yes No
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Yes No Yes
The Great Wall No No Story
2017 American Assassin No No Yes
2018 Trial by Fire Yes Yes No

Producer only

Year Film Notes
1998 Dangerous Beauty
Shakespeare in Love Academy Award for Best Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Film
2000 Traffic Nominated - Academy Award for Best Picture
2001 I Am Sam
2002 Abandon
Lone Star State of Mind Executive producer
2014 Boys of Abu Ghraib
About Alex
Cut Bank
2016 The Birth of a Nation Executive producer
2017 Woman Walks Ahead


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1979-1980 Family Yes Yes No 1 episode (directed);
5 episodes (written)
1983 Special Bulletin Yes Yes Yes TV movie
1987-1991 thirtysomething Yes Yes executive Co-creator;
3 episodes (directed);
8 episodes (written)
1990 Extreme Close-Up No Story executive TV movie
1999-2002 Once and Again Yes Yes executive Co-creator;
3 episodes (directed);
4 episodes (written)
2008 Quarterlife No Yes executive Web series;
also co-creator;
2 episodes (written)
2009 A Marriage No Yes executive TV movie
2016–2018 Nashville No Yes executive 1 episode (written)

Executive producer only

Year Title Notes
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Episode "Sawdust"
1989 Dream Street Co-creator
1994-1995 My So-Called Life
1998 Relativity
2000 The Only Living Boy in New York TV movie
2002 Women vs. Men

Acting Roles

Year Title Role Note
1997 The Player TV movie
2000-2002 Once and Again Dr. Daniel Rosenfeld Uncredited;
  • "Food for Thought"
  • "Thieves Like Us"
  • "Best of Enemies"
  • "Destiny Turns on the Radio"
  • "The Gay-Straight Alliance"
2002 Women vs. Men Moderator TV movie

Awards received by Zwick movies[edit]

Year Film Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1989 Glory 5 3 1 5 1
1994 Legends of the Fall 3 1 4
2003 The Last Samurai 4 3
2006 Blood Diamond 5 1
2008 Defiance 1 1
2010 Love & Other Drugs 2
Total 18 4 1 0 16 1


  1. ^ a b Edward Zwick Biography (1952–). FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  2. ^ Sachs, Micah. "An Interview with Filmmaker Edward Zwick". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Rosen, Steven (December 7, 2006). "Director Zwick excavates the bloody price of 'Diamonds'". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Cox, David (January 13, 2009). "In Defiance of Jewish passivity". The Guardian. Retrieved June 4, 2018.

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