Jon Turteltaub

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Jon Turteltaub
Turteltaub in 2013
Jonathan Charles Turteltaub

(1963-08-08) August 8, 1963 (age 55)
Alma materWesleyan University
USC School of Cinematic Arts
OccupationFilm director, film producer
Years active1989–present
Amy Eldon (m. 2006)

Jonathan Charles Turteltaub (born August 8, 1963) is an American film director and producer.

Life and career[edit]

Turteltaub was born on August 8, 1963 in New York City one of two children born to comedy writer Saul Turteltaub, best known for his work with Sanford and Son, and his wife, Shirley Steinberg. His parents are both Jewish.[1] Turteltaub graduated from Wesleyan University and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[2]

He has directed several successful mainstream films for the Walt Disney Studios, including; 3 Ninjas (1992), Cool Runnings (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Phenomenon (1996), Instinct (1999), Disney's The Kid (2000), National Treasure (2004), as well as its 2007 sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010).[3][4][5] Turteltaub produced the CBS television series Jericho, and also directed the show's first three episodes.

Personal life[edit]

Turteltaub is married to British television writer and producer Amy Eldon. They have three children: sons Jack and Daniel, and daughter Arabella Rose. Eldon is the sister of photojournalist Dan Eldon, who was stoned to death alongside several other journalists in Somalia in 1993.[6] Turteltaub and his family reside in Malibu, California, next door to his in-laws.[7][8] He serves on the Creative Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[9]


Filmography for Jon Turteltaub
Year(s) Title Role Notes
1989 Think Big Director, writer
1991 Driving Me Crazy Director, writer Known as Trabbi Goes to Hollywood in Germany
1992 3 Ninjas Director 1st installment of the 3 Ninjas film series
1993 Cool Runnings Director Based on the Jamaica national bobsleigh team
1995 While You Were Sleeping Director
1996 Phenomenon Director
1999 Instinct Director
2000 Disney's The Kid Director, producer
2004 National Treasure Director, producer 1st installment of the National Treasure film series
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Director, producer Sequel to National Treasure
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Director
2013 Last Vegas Director
2018 The Meg Director Based on Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror
Television series for Jon Turteltaub
Year(s) Title Role Notes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Director Miniseries, Episode 7: "That's All There Is"
2006 Jericho Director, executive producer 3 episodes
2009 Harper's Island Director, executive producer TV series, pilot episode
2012 Common Law Director, executive producer TV series, pilot episode
2016 Rush Hour Director Based on Rush Hour film series, pilot episode


  1. ^ DVDizzy: "Jon Turteltaub Interview - The Director of the National Treasure Movies Discusses His 16 Years of "Surprise Hits" at Disney" retrieved August 25, 2015 |"You need to stop reading the internet. Tennessee? I'm a Jew from New York"
  2. ^ "Jon Turteltaub biography and filmography". August 8, 1963. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  3. ^ "Jon Turteltaub profile". Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Jon Turteltaub filmography". Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Company With Disney; By Hollywood standards, director Jon Turteltaub has remained remarkably loyal to one studio, from '3 Ninjas' to his latest, 'The Kid.'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Dan & Amy Eldon". The MY HERO Project. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  7. ^ onioneye. "My Daughter – Amy Eldon Turteltaub « Kathy eldON". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  8. ^ Turteltaub, Amy Eldon (2013-07-12). "Remembering My Brother Dan Eldon: A Journalist Who Died To Tell the Story". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  9. ^ "About | Represent.Us". End corruption. Defend the Republic. Retrieved 2016-11-01.

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