Jeb Stuart (writer)

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Jeb Stuart
Born (1956-01-21) January 21, 1956 (age 64)
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
film director
film producer
Years active1988-present
Known forDie Hard
The Fugitive

Jeb Stuart (born January 21, 1956) is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer[1] best known for writing blockbuster action films like Die Hard and The Fugitive.


Stuart graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stuart's first screenplay was that of the 1988 action film Die Hard,[2][3] which he co-wrote with Steven E. de Souza. Adapted from the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever, the film was a massive financial and critical success, spawning four sequels and being considered one of the greatest and most influential action films of all time.[4][5][6][7] He helped pen the science-fiction horror movie Leviathan and the Sylvester Stallone prison thriller Lock Up.

Stuart was heavily involved in the writing of The Fugitive (1993),[8] reworking David Twohy's original draft while on set and working with director Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. He wrote an early draft of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, entitled Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars, in 1995.[9] In 1997, he made his directorial debut with Switchback, a thriller starring Dennis Quaid and Danny Glover. The film's negative critical reception led to Stuart semi-retiring from filmmaking for over a decade, before returning by writing, producing, and directing Blood Done Sign My Name, adapted from the autobiography of author and historian Timothy Tyson.[10]

He is the creator of Netflix's Vikings: Valhalla a historical fiction drama television series, and a sequel to History’s Vikings (2013 TV series). This spin-off series starts a century after the original series and will tell the tales of some of the best known Northmen in history: Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and William the Conqueror. [11]



Year Film Writer Producer Director Notes
1988 Die Hard
Steven E. de Souza

Nominated for:
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture

1989 Leviathan with
David Webb Peoples
Next of Kin
Lock Up

Richard Smith &
Henry Rosenbaum

1990 Vital Signs with
Larry Ketron
Another 48 Hrs. with

John Fasano,
Larry Gross &
Eddie Murphy

1993 The Fugitive with
David Twohy

Nominated for:
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture
WGA Award for Best Screenplay

1995 Just Cause with
Peter Stone
1997 Fire Down Below
Philip Morton
2010 Blood Done Sign My Name

Awards and nominations[edit]



  1. ^ "Jeb Stuart". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Caryn James (1988). "Die Hard". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Guest Blog: Jeb Stuart - Austin Film Festival". Austin Film Festival. December 9, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "Ode to Joy: Why Die Hard Is Still the Best Action Movie of the Modern Era". Pajiba. July 16, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "10 Reasons Why Die Hard Is the Best Action Movie Ever Made". IFC. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Breihan, Tom. "Die Hard humanized (and perfected) the action movie". Film. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  7. ^ George, Kat. "15 Reasons 'Die Hard' Is The Greatest Movie Of All Time (No, Shut Up, It Actually Is)". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Andrew Davis on The Fugitive 20th Anniversary". CraveOnline. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Scott Chitwood (February 29, 2000). "Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars". IGN.
  10. ^ "Episode 74: A Conversation With 'Die Hard' Scribe Jeb Stuart". Writer's Bone. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (November 19, 2019). "'Vikings: Valhalla': Netflix Orders 'Vikings' Sequel Series From Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart & MGM TV".

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