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Graham Yost with his Peabody Award
Graham John Yost|
September 5, 1959
|Occupation||Screenwriter, television producer, television director, actor.|
Graham John Yost (born September 5, 1959) is a Canadian film and television screenwriter. His best-known works are the films Speed, Broken Arrow, and Hard Rain and the TV series Justified. In 2002, he created the widely acclaimed, yet short-lived drama series Boomtown.
He has also written for the television series Herman's Head and Band of Brothers. He also created the short-lived NBC drama Raines. Yost teamed up with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, along with two of his fellow Boomtown writers Michelle Ashford and Larry Andries, to write and direct episodes of the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Yost is the creator and executive producer of the FX series Justified, and an executive producer on the FX show The Americans. He is currently the head writer and executive producer of the Amazon Studios series Sneaky Pete.
Born in Etobicoke, he graduated from the University of Toronto Schools and Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He is the son of Canadian television personality Elwy Yost, the longtime host of the public broadcaster TVOntario's Saturday Night at the Movies. He lives in California with his family.
- Hey Dude (1989–1991) TV series (writer)
- Herman's Head (1991) TV series (unknown episodes)
- The Powers That Be (4 episodes, 1992–1993)
- Speed (1994/I) (writer)
- Broken Arrow (1996) (written by)
- Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) (characters)
- Firestorm (1998) (rewrite)
- Hard Rain (1998) (written by)
- From the Earth to the Moon (1998) TV miniseries (segments 2, 6)
- Challenger (2000) (writer)
- Mission to Mars (2000) (screenplay)
- Planet of the Apes (2001) (uncredited co-writing)
- Band of Brothers (episodes "Points" and "The Breaking Point", 2001)
- The Last Castle (2001) (screenplay)
- Young Arthur (2002) (TV) (writer)
- Boomtown (Series creator; 24 episodes, 2002–2003)
- Summerland (episode "Skipping School", 2004)
- Sixty Minute Man (2006) (TV) (writer)
- Raines (Series creator; 7 episodes, 2007)
- The Pacific (Series co-executive producer; "Part Four" Director and co-writer with Robert Schenkkan, 2010)
- Justified (Series creator; episodes "Fire in the Hole" and "Riverbrook", 2010)
- Falling Skies (Executive Producer, 2011)
- The Americans (executive producer, 2013)
- Sneaky Pete (executive producer, episodes "Safe", "Sam", "The Sinister Hotel Room Mystery", "Switch")
Awards and nominations
Yost won Emmy awards for his involvement in the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon and The Pacific. He also won a Golden Globe for his work on HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, for which he was one of the writers.
In May 2014 it was reported that Yost is developing a project for WGN America. Based on an upcoming Alex Kershaw novel, Avenue of Spies, it is set in Nazi-occupied Paris at the start of World War II.
- "Writers Bio".
- Tim Appelo (3 October 2012). "Showrunners 2012: 'Justified's' Graham Yost". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Rose, Lacey (27 May 2014). "'Justified's' Graham Yost Developing War Drama at WGN America". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 October 2014.