Jeb Stuart (writer)

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Jeb Stuart
Born (1956-01-21) January 21, 1956 (age 62)
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Occupation Screenwriter
film director
film producer
Years active 1988-present
Known for Die 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, Lock Up, and The Fugitive.

Career[edit]

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 a 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 and 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]

Filmography[edit]

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

Nominated for:
Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture

1989 Leviathan with
David Webb Peoples
Next of Kin
☑Y
Lock Up
☑Y
with

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 Alan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture
WGA Award for Best Screenplay

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominations:[edit]

References[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. 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Ode to Joy: Why Die Hard Is Still the Best Action Movie of the Modern Era". Pajiba. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  5. ^ "10 Reasons Why Die Hard Is the Best Action Movie Ever Made". IFC. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  6. ^ Breihan, Tom. "Die Hard humanized (and perfected) the action movie". Film. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  7. ^ George, Kat. "15 Reasons 'Die Hard' Is The Greatest Movie Of All Time (No, Shut Up, It Actually Is)". Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Andrew Davis on The Fugitive 20th Anniversary". CraveOnline. 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  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 2017-09-02. 

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