John Lee Hancock

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John Lee Hancock
John Lee Hancock, Jr.

(1956-12-15) December 15, 1956 (age 62)
OccupationScreenwriter, director, producer
Years active1987–present

John Lee Hancock, Jr. (born December 15, 1956) is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer. He directed the sports drama films The Rookie (2002) and The Blind Side (2009), and the historical drama films Saving Mr. Banks (2013) and The Founder (2016).


Hancock's debut as a screenwriter and director came in 1991 with Hard Time Romance. He worked on two more films as a screenwriter with A Perfect World and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before making his next directing effort in 2002 with the sports drama The Rookie, which was a critical and commercial success. In 2004, he wrote and directed The Alamo, which was a box office bomb. Five years later, his film The Blind Side was a box office success and received an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination.

In 2013 Hancock directed Saving Mr. Banks, a film about the life of P.L. Travers and her difficult negotiations with Walt Disney over adapting her novel Mary Poppins into a feature film. He also directed The Founder (2016), about the McDonald's fast food chain, and co-wrote the upcoming musical film The Goree Girls.


Year Film Director Writer Producer
1991 Hard Time Romance Yes Yes
1993 A Perfect World Yes
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Yes
2000 My Dog Skip Yes
2002 The Rookie Yes
2004 The Alamo Yes Yes
2009 The Blind Side Yes Yes
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Yes
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Yes
2016 The Founder Yes
2019 Chaos Walking Yes
The Highwaymen Yes Yes

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