Jonathan Tropper

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Jonathan Tropper
Born (1970-02-19) February 19, 1970 (age 53)
Riverdale, New York, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, author, producer
Alma materYeshiva University
New York University
Subjectfiction, humor
Notable worksThis Is Where I Leave You, Banshee, Warrior
SpouseStephanie Abram

Jonathan Tropper (born February 19, 1970) is an American screenwriter, novelist, and producer.[1] He is the internationally best-selling author of six novels that have been translated into over thirty languages. His last two novels, This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go, were both New York Times best-sellers. He is the co-creator and executive producer of the Cinemax television series Banshee (2013–2016) and the creator of the Cinemax television series Warrior (2019–present).

Life and career[edit]

Tropper was born in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York City. He studied English as an undergraduate at Yeshiva University and received a master's degree in creative writing at New York University, after which he spent eight years running a Manhattan-based company that manufactured displays for jewelry companies. He wrote at night and on weekends, ultimately publishing his first novel, Plan B, which attracted the attention of an agent, allowing him to leave his job and become a full-time writer. Five of Tropper's six books have been optioned at auction within a week of publication (The Book of Joe, How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, One Last Thing Before I Go, and This Is Where I Leave You).

The themes of his books appear to stem from his personal experiences: they deal with topics such as being single, growing up, getting married, being married, getting divorced, and living in suburbia. Tropper's hometown of New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York, is a main source of inspiration when creating the characters and settings in his books.[2]

How to Talk to a Widower was a 2007 selection for The Richard and Judy Show in the United Kingdom. Everything Changes was a Booksense selection. Three of Tropper's books are currently being adapted into movies. Tropper co-wrote the film adaptation of The Book of Joe with Ed Burns, who will direct.[3] This Is Where I Leave You was published in August 2009 and was a New York Times bestseller.[4] It was made into the 2014 film of the same name. Tropper's most recent novel, One Last Thing Before I Go, was published in August 2012. The novel was optioned by Paramount Pictures for J. J. Abrams.

Tropper co-created the television series Banshee with David Schickler. The show aired on Cinemax; Tropper served as an executive producer on the show.

In October 2017, it was announced that his series Warrior, based on Bruce Lee's original idea and set against the Tong Wars of 19th century San Francisco, received a straight-to-series order at Cinemax. The series debuted on Cinemax in April 2019 to critical acclaim.[5] Tropper served as showrunner and executive producer. Justin Lin, director of multiple Fast and Furious films and Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, served as executive producers.[6]

In 2020, Tropper took over as showrunner and executive producer of the Apple TV+ science fiction series See (2019–present), starring Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, and Dave Bautista.[7]

Tropper lives with his wife and four children in New York City.[8]


Tropper wrote the screenplay for the 2014 film adaptation of his novel This is Where I Leave You. Shawn Levy directed, and the film co-starred Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda. Tropper later produced and wrote the screenplay for Kodachrome (2017), starring Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, and Elizabeth Olsen. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews,[9] and was acquired by Netflix.[10]

Tropper wrote the screenplay for The Adam Project, a science-fiction thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Shawn Levy.[11]



Year Title Writer Producer
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Yes Executive
2017 Kodachrome Yes Yes
2018 Irreplaceable You No Yes
2022 The Adam Project Yes No


Year Title Director Executive
Writer Creator Showrunner Notes
2013–2016 Banshee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Directed episode "Only One Way a Dogfight Ends";
Wrote 17 episodes
2013–2014 Banshee Origins No Yes No No No
2017 Vinyl No No Yes No No Episode: "Whispered Secrets"
2019–present Warrior Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Directed episode "Learn to Endure, or Hire a Bodyguard";
Wrote 8 episodes
2019–2022 See No Yes Yes No Yes Wrote 7 episodes


  • 2000 – Plan B (ISBN 978-0312272760)
  • 2004 – The Book of Joe (ISBN 978-0385338103)
  • 2005 – Everything Changes (ISBN 978-0385337427)
  • 2007 – How to Talk to a Widower (ISBN 978-0385338912)
  • 2009 – This Is Where I Leave You (ISBN 978-0525951278)
  • 2012 – One Last Thing Before I Go (ISBN 978-0525952367)


  1. ^ Manhattanville Faculty Bio Archived 2013-01-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Muchnick, Jeanne (January 2010). "Tropper Uses New Rochelle as His Muse". Westchester Magazine.
  3. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (May 2, 2012). "Ed Burns' Indy Streak". Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Lussier, Germain (May 29, 2012). "All-Star Cast Joins Adam Shankman's 'This Is Where I Leave You'". Film. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  5. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (2019-04-05). "'Warrior' Review: Bruce Lee's Vision of Chinese in the Old West Comes to Rowdy, Violent Life on Cinemax". IndieWire. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-10-11). "'Warrior': Cinemax Sets Cast & Director For Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2020-01-13). "'See': Dave Bautista Joins Season 2 Of Apple Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  8. ^ La Gorce, Tammy (3 October 2008). "Writing as Vicarious Experience". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  9. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (2018-04-19). "Review: 'Kodachrome,' an Ode to Color Film, Now Streaming Near You". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  10. ^ "Toronto: Netflix Acquires Elizabeth Olsen-Starrer 'Kodachrome'". The Hollywood Reporter. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  11. ^ "Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy Reteam for Time-Travel Adventure Movie From Skydance (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-06-09.

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