Hurwitz at the American Reunion
premiere in 2012
Jonathan Benjamin Hurwitz
November 15, 1977
|Spouse(s)||Randy Hurwitz (2007–present; 2 children)|
Jonathan Benjamin Hurwitz (born November 15, 1977) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer.
Life and career
Hurwitz was born in New Jersey, and grew up mostly in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania and Randolph, New Jersey. He is an alumnus of Randolph High School and a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Hurwitz, with Hayden Schlossberg, created the Harold & Kumar film franchise. They wrote Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, wrote/directed/co-produced Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and wrote/co-produced A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.
Hurwitz & Schlossberg first met and became friends at Randolph High School in Randolph, New Jersey, and sold their first script Filthy to MGM while seniors in college. Hurwitz was studying finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, while Schlossberg was a history major at the University of Chicago with plans of attending law school. Upon selling Filthy, they moved to Hollywood to begin their career in the entertainment industry.
Hurwitz and Schlossberg produced and co-wrote the Universal Pictures comedy Blockers, starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz. They are currently working on Cobra Kai, a continuation of The Karate Kid franchise for YouTube Premium. Hurwitz & Schlossberg created the show, along with their close friend Josh Heald. The trio serve as executive producers, show runners, writers, and directors on the series.
- 2004: Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (writer)
- 2008: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (writer/director/co-producer)
- 2008: Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam (short) (writer/director)
- 2011: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (writer/co-producer)
- 2012: American Reunion (writer/director)
- 2018: Blockers (producer)
- 2018: Cobra Kai (creator/executive producer/writer/director)
- Cahillane, Kevin. "Homegrown: A Stoner Comedy Straight Out of Randolph", The New York Times, August 15, 2004. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Mr. Hurwitz and Mr. Schlossberg say their inspiration came straight out of Randolph. 'The high school we went to had a lot of Indian and Asian kids,' said Mr. Schlossberg, who graduated from Randolph High in Morris County in 1996, as did Mr. Hurwitz."
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