Steven Lisberger

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Steven Lisberger
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Steven Lisberger at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
Steven M. Lisberger

(1951-04-24) April 24, 1951 (age 68)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1973–present
Notable work
Spouse(s)Peggy Flook Lisberger

Steven M. Lisberger (born April 24, 1951) is an American film director, producer and writer famous for directing Tron in 1982.

Life and career[edit]

Lisberger was born in 1951 in New York City and grew up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Of his ethnic background, he says that his father was Jewish while his "mother’s side of the family put him in a concentration camp."[1] Lisberger attended The Hill School in Pottstown. He went on to become a 1974 graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.

While attending the museum school, he and five associates formed Lisberger Studios. Their first project of note was Cosmic Cartoon which earned a Student Academy Award nomination in 1973. It was also featured in the nationally released anthology film Fantastic Animation Festival in 1977. Through his company Lisberger Studios, Lisberger directed the production, from 1974–77, of commercials, title sequences and feature segments for such shows as the ABC-TV children's series Make a Wish and the PBS children's series Rebop.

In 1978, after moving to Venice, California, Lisberger and his business partner Donald Kushner conceived and produced a 90-minute animated film, Animalympics, for NBC-TV's aborted coverage of the 1980 Olympics. They then turned their creative efforts to the development of Tron at Disney. It was released in 1982.

His film Hot Pursuit (1987) is one of Ben Stiller's first speaking roles.

He was hired as director for Slipstream in 1989, but the film did not do well.

Lisberger spent most of the 1990s and 2000s writing screenplays with several being optioned by various studios.

In 2007 it was announced that he and Jessica Chobot were working together on a film project called Soul Code, but it got lost in development hell.[2]

He tried for years to get a sequel to Tron developed. This effort led to Disney greenlighting Tron: Legacy, for which Lisberger served as producer.[3]

Steven and his wife, Peggy, live in Santa Monica, California and have a son named Carl.[citation needed]


Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Producer Note
1980 Animalympics NoN NoN NoN TV film
1982 Tron NoN NoN Cameo
1987 Hot Pursuit NoN NoN
1989 Slipstream NoN
2010 Tron: Legacy NoN Cameo


  1. ^ Liel Leibovitz (20 December 2010), "Tron and the Jewish question", Tablet magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Trying to go beyond Tron".
  3. ^ "Tron Legacy Set Interview: Steven Lisberger, Creator of Tron – /Film". March 17, 2010.

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