Len Wiseman

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Len Wiseman
Wiseman in June 2007
Born Len Ryan Wiseman
(1973-03-04) March 4, 1973 (age 42)
Fremont, California, U.S.
Occupation Director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Kate Beckinsale (m. 2004) (separated)
Children 1 step-daughter
For the chemist, see Leonard Albert Wiseman.

Len Ryan Wiseman (born March 4, 1973) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his work on the Underworld series, Live Free or Die Hard, and Total Recall.


Wiseman began his career in film as a property assistant on a number of Roland Emmerich films: Stargate (1994); Independence Day (1996); and Godzilla (1998).[1] After creating advertisements for clients including Sony, he directed music videos for artists such as Megadeth, En Vogue and, Static-X. He received a Best Art Direction nomination for Quarashi's "Stick 'Em Up" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and a Best Director nomination for Rufus Wainwright's "Across the Universe" at the Music Video Production Association (MVPA) Awards.[1]

In 2003, Wiseman co-created and directed the film, Underworld. Despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, the film did well at the box office and has gained a cult following.[citation needed] He directed the 2006 sequel Underworld: Evolution and acted as a producer for both Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Underworld: Awakening.[2]

In 2007, he directed the fourth installment of the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis, which opened to generally favorable reviews and box office success.[3][4] In 2010, he directed the pilot episode of CBS's Hawaii Five-0.[5] He most recently directed Total Recall, which starred Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and his wife Kate Beckinsale, and was released in August 2012.[6] Wiseman will direct the live action version of The Darkness.[7] In February 2015 was confirmed Wiseman is set to direct the pilot episode of the upcoming Fantasy series Lucifer, based on DC Entertainment Inc. comic with the same name.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Wiseman was born and raised in Fremont, California.[9] He attended American High School and later studied film at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.[1]

Wiseman's first marriage was to a kindergarten teacher named Dana.[10][11] He divorced her after meeting Kate Beckinsale on the set of Underworld.[10][11] Beckinsale also ended a relationship with her partner Michael Sheen.[12]

Wiseman married Beckinsale on May 9, 2004, in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California.[13] They live in Los Angeles. Wiseman is stepfather to Beckinsale's daughter Lily Mo Sheen. The child's biological father, Michael Sheen, has said, "Len is a really lovely man. He has been a fantastic step-father for Lily, I couldn't really want anything better for my daughter."[14] On November 20, 2015, it was announced that Beckinsale and Wiseman were divorcing.[15]



  1. ^ a b c "Len Wiseman Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Underworld' Creator Questions the End of the World". November 10, 2009. Archived from the original on November 11, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Live Free or Die Hard". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Len Wiseman". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "alexoloughlinrocks.com". alexoloughlinrocks.com. January 27, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rich, Katey. "Colin Farrell Confirmed For Total Recall Remake, Which Shoots in May". CinemaBlend. 
  7. ^ "SDCC 2013: Witchblade Will Be Part Of 'The Darkness' Movie [EXCLUSIVE]". July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Len Wiseman Set to Direct Lucifer Pilot for Fox". February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ "California Births, 1905–1995". Familytreelegends.com. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Kate Beckinsale | Beckinsale Branded Home-Wrecker". Contactmusic.com. May 18, 2004. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Benjamin, Laura. "Kate's Mr Nobody". Daily Mail (London: Mail Online). 
  12. ^ Kate Beckinsale. "Kate Beckinsale Biography". People. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Beckinsale marries in US ceremony". BBC News. May 11, 2004. Archived from the original on January 28, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ Rollings, Grant (January 12, 2011). "I've never felt pressure like playing Clough. He's a mix of Mourinho, Ferguson, Simon Cowell and Oscar Wilde". The Sun (London). Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ http://www.eonline.com/uk/news/717505/kate-beckinsale-and-husband-len-wiseman-separate-after-11-years-of-marriage?utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=imdb_topstories

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