Edward M. Zwick
October 8, 1952
|Alma mater||Harvard University, A.B. 1974|
AFI Conservatory, MFA 1975
|Occupation(s)||Director, producer, screenwriter|
|Notable work||About Last Night, Glory, Leaving Normal, Legends of the Fall, Courage Under Fire, The Siege, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance, Love & Other Drugs|
Lynn Liberty Godshall
Edward M. Zwick (born October 8, 1952) is an American filmmaker. 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. He is also the co-creator of the television series thirtysomething and Once and Again.
During his career, he has worked with Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Connelly, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Liev Schreiber and Laura Dern.
Zwick's body of work has earned numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Picture as a producer, and Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series, and Outstanding Dramatic Special. He has additionally been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards.
Early life and education
Zwick was born into a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth Ellen (née Reich) and Allen Zwick. 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.
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.
Despite sharing a surname and profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick.
|1986||About Last Night...||Yes||No||No||Directorial Debut|
|1989||Glory||Yes||No||No||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Director|
|1994||Legends of the Fall||Yes||Yes||No||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Director|
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Yes||No||No|
|2003||The Last Samurai||Yes||Yes||Yes||National Board of Review Award for Best Director|
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Director
Nominated - Producers Guild of America Award for Best Picture
|2006||Blood Diamond||Yes||Yes||No||Nominated - St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Award for Best Director|
|2010||Love & Other Drugs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2016||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||Yes||No||Yes|
|The Great Wall||No||No||Story|
|2018||Trial by Fire||Yes||Yes||No|
|1998||Dangerous Beauty||Marshall Herskovitz|
|Shakespeare in Love||John Madden||Academy Award for Best Picture|
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Nominated - Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
|2000||Traffic||Steven Soderbergh||Nominated - Academy Award for Best Picture|
|2001||I Am Sam||Jessie Nelson|
|Lone Star State of Mind||David Semel||Executive producer|
|2014||Boys of Abu Ghraib||Luke Moran|
|About Alex||Jesse Zwick|
|Cut Bank||Matt Shakman|
|2016||The Birth of a Nation||Nate Parker||Executive producer|
|2017||Woman Walks Ahead||Susanna White|
5 episodes (written);
Directed episode "Ballerina"
|1985||The Insiders||Yes||No||No||No||Pilot episode|
|1987–91||thirtysomething||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||3 episodes (directed);|
8 episodes (written)
|1999–2002||Once and Again||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||3 episodes (directed);|
4 episodes (written)
Also actor (as Dr. Daniel Rosenfeld)
2 episodes (written)
|2016–18||Nashville||No||Yes||Yes||No||Wrote episode "The Wayfaring Stranger"|
|2020||Away||Yes||No||Yes||No||Directed episode "Go"|
Executive producer only
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Episode "Sawdust"|
|1994-95||My So-Called Life|
|2000||The Only Living Boy in New York||TV movie|
|2002||Women vs. Men|
Awards received by Zwick films
|Year||Title||Academy Awards||BAFTA Awards||Golden Globe Awards|
|1994||Legends of the Fall||3||1||4|
|2003||The Last Samurai||4||3|
|2010||Love & Other Drugs||2|
- Edward Zwick Biography (1952–). FilmReference.com. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
- Sachs, Micah (February 17, 2009). "An Interview with Filmmaker Edward Zwick". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- Rosen, Steven (December 7, 2006). "Director Zwick excavates the bloody price of 'Diamonds'". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- Cox, David (January 13, 2009). "In Defiance of Jewish passivity". The Guardian. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- Denby, David (January 12, 2009). "The Current Cinema: Survivors". The New Yorker. Vol. 84, no. 44. pp. 72–73. Retrieved March 27, 2009. Review of Defiance.