Paul Weitz (filmmaker)
Paul Weitz at 2015 Sundance Film Festival
|Born||Paul John Weitz
November 19, 1965
New York City, New York, United States
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Brown (2001–present)|
|Children||Jane Antonia Weitz (b. 2004)|
Weitz was born in New York City, New York. He is son of the actress Susan Kohner and Berlin-born novelist/fashion designer John Weitz (born Hans Werner Weitz), and the grandson of Bohemia-born producer Paul Kohner and Mexican actress Lupita Tovar. His grandmother, Lupita, starred in Santa, Mexico's first talkie, in 1932. His father, and maternal grandfather, were Jewish, and his maternal grandmother was Catholic; he was raised in a "nonreligious" household.
Growing up in New York City, he attended The Allen-Stevenson School and later Collegiate. Then, he graduated from Wesleyan University, where he wrote the play Mango Tea. The play was performed off-Broadway.
Weitz first achieved mainstream success by co-writing the successful animated film Antz with his brother Chris and Todd Alcott. Alongside his brother, he then achieved a new level of notoriety by directing the teen comedy smash hit American Pie. Weitz followed this with his greatest critical success when he co-directed 2002's About a Boy, an adaption of Nick Hornby's novel which earned him and his brother an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The brothers have since worked on establishing separate film careers, although they often serve as a producers on each other's projects. Weitz has written and directed the well-received romantic comedy In Good Company and the political satire American Dreamz, which faced mixed reviews. Additional writing credits include the television show Cracking Up.
He has also directed an adaptation of Darren Shan's young adult novel Cirque du Freak called The Vampire's Assistant. He directed the 2010 film Little Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers.
In addition to film, Weitz has written a number of plays, including Roulette, Privilege, Show People, and Trust, all of which have been produced Off-Broadway in New York City. Trust starring Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, Sutton Foster, and Ari Graynor, directed by Peter DuBois ran at Second Stage Theatre . It will be produced in Brazil, Germany and Greece in 2013. Second Stage previously produced Privilege and Show People and produced Lonely, I'm Not, starring Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby a new comedy by Weitz in 2012. Lonely, I'm Not was a New York Times critics pick.
- Paul and Chris Weitz
- Paul Weitz
- 2004: In Good Company
- 2006: American Dreamz
- 2009: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
- 2010: Little Fockers
- 2012: Being Flynn
- 2013: Admission
- 2014: Life After Beth – actor only
- 2014: Mozart in the Jungle (TV pilot)
- 2015: Grandma
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