Tony Gilroy

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Tony Gilroy
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Gilroy in 2012 at The Bourne Legacy premiere in Sydney, Australia
Anthony Joseph Gilroy

(1956-09-11) September 11, 1956 (age 66)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, director, producer
Years active1992–present
Notable workArmageddon
Bourne series
Michael Clayton
SpouseSusan Gilroy
Parent(s)Frank D. Gilroy
Ruth Dorothy Gaydos
RelativesDan Gilroy (brother)
John Gilroy (brother)

Anthony Joseph Gilroy (born September 11, 1956) is an American filmmaker. He wrote the screenplays for the original Bourne trilogy and wrote and directed the fourth film of the franchise. He also wrote and directed Michael Clayton (2007), Duplicity (2009) and co-wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).

He received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director and for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Michael Clayton.

Personal life[edit]

Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of Ruth Dorothy (née Gaydos), a sculptor and writer, and Frank D. Gilroy, an award-winning playwright, director, and movie producer, who received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Subject Was Roses in 1965. He is the brother of screenwriter Dan Gilroy and editor John Gilroy.[1][2] Through his father, he is of Italian, Irish and German descent.[3] He has two children, Sam and Kathryn, and is married to Susan Gilroy.

Gilroy was raised in Washingtonville, New York.[4] He graduated from Washingtonville High School in 1974[5][6] at 16 years old[7] and attended Boston University for two years before dropping out to concentrate on his music career.[4][8]


Gilroy in March 2009.


Gilroy has written many scripts for film, starting with the script for The Cutting Edge in 1992. This was followed by Dolores Claiborne in 1995 and The Devil's Advocate in 1997. He was one of five credited writers on Michael Bay's Armageddon, the highest-grossing film of 1998. Gilroy's next script was Proof of Life in 2000. In 2002, 2003 and 2007 he wrote the screenplays for The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and wrote and directed the next installment of the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy (2012).

Also in 2007, he wrote and directed the film Michael Clayton, which won an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay,[9] and was nominated for several Academy Awards including screenplay. In 2009, Gilroy wrote and directed the romantic comedy spy film Duplicity, starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Tom Wilkinson. Gilroy is set, along with The Bourne Ultimatum co-screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, to write the script for the upcoming film Army of Two, based on the video game from EA Montreal.

In September 2013, Gilroy delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.[10]

In 2016, Gilroy co-wrote the script to the sci-fi war film Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a prequel to the 1977 classic Star Wars. Gilroy shared writing duties with fellow filmmaker Chris Weitz.

In 2018, he received a Distinguished Screenwriter Award from the Austin Film Festival.[11]


Gilroy's directorial debut was in 2007, when he directed the film Michael Clayton, which his brother John Gilroy edited. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. In addition to its Edgar Award, the film won one Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton). The film was a box office success, grossing over $92 million worldwide.

He also wrote and directed his next film, Duplicity, released March 20, 2009, and starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Tom Wilkinson. He then took over as director of the next entry in the Bourne series as well as co-writing; the film, The Bourne Legacy, was released August 10, 2012, starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, and Albert Finney.

In October 2019, Gilroy returned to the Star Wars franchise to serve as the showrunner for Andor after Stephen Schiff had left the series. Gilroy was also set to write the pilot episode and direct multiple episodes for the series.[12] However, in September 2020, he stepped down as director for the series, but would remain attached as a writer and executive producer. Toby Haynes replaced him as director.[13]


Feature films[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
1992 The Cutting Edge No Yes No
1995 Dolores Claiborne No Yes No
1996 Extreme Measures No Yes No
1997 The Devil's Advocate No Yes No with Jonathan Lemkin
1998 Armageddon No Adaptation No with Jonathan Hensleigh, J. J. Abrams and Shane Salerno
2000 Bait No Yes Executive with Andrew Scheinman and Adam Scheinman
Proof of Life No Yes Executive
2002 The Bourne Identity No Yes No with William Blake Herron
2004 The Bourne Supremacy No Yes No
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum No Yes No with Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi
Michael Clayton Yes Yes No Directorial debut
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Feature Film
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
Uncredited voice cameo as "Taxi Driver"
2009 Duplicity Yes Yes No
State of Play No Yes No with Matthew Carnahan and Billy Ray
2012 The Bourne Legacy Yes Yes No with Dan Gilroy
2014 Nightcrawler No No Yes
2016 Rogue One No Yes No with Chris Weitz;
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Film Screenplay
Uncredited director of reshoots
Uncredited voice cameo as "Rebel Flight Controller"
The Great Wall No Yes No with Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro
2018 Beirut No Yes Yes

Uncredited writing works

Year Title Notes
1998 Enemy of the State with David Marconi, Aaron Sorkin, and Henry Bean[14]
2021 The Woman in the Window Uncredited rewrites for reshoots; screenplay by Tracy Letts[15]

Television and web[edit]

Year(s) Title Writer Producer Notes
1993 For Better and for Worse Yes No Television film
2015–16 House of Cards No Consulting 26 episodes
2018 Hammerhead: The Superior Project No Executive Television film
2022–present Andor Yes Executive Series for Disney+
Creator and executive producer (12 episodes)
Writer (5 episodes)


  1. ^ Frank D. Gilroy Biography (1925-)
  2. ^ Tony Gilroy Biography ((?)-)
  3. ^ Frank D. Gilroy
  4. ^ a b Max, D.T. (March 16, 2009). "Twister". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  5. ^ McKnight, Dale (February 2010). "Making the Grade: Examining the Valley's High Schools". Hudson Valley Magazine. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Lussier, Germain (January 23, 2008). "7 Oscar nominations for Washingtonville's Tony Gilroy and 'Michael Clayton'". Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Lussier, Germain (October 12, 2007). "'Michael Clayton' starring George Clooney, Blooming Grove, Moodna Viaduct and a directorial debut by Washingtonville grad Tony Gilroy". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Feeney, Mark (October 7, 2007). "Writer's move to director goes according to script". Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "The Edgar Allan Poe Awards". Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "Tony Gilroy Delivers his BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture". BAFTA. September 29, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "2018 Winners". Austin Film Festival. October 28, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 15, 2019). "'Rogue One' Writer Tony Gilroy Joins Cassian Andor 'Star Wars' Series at Disney Plus (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 22, 2020). "'Black Mirror's Toby Haynes To Direct 'Rogue One' Spin-Off Series At Disney+ As Tony Gilroy Steps Aside As Director". Deadline Hollywood.
  14. ^ "Enemy of the State (1998)". Motion State Review. November 28, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  15. ^ "The Woman in the Window: Tony Gilroy Was Brought in to Write the Reshoots on the Amy Adams Thriller". The Playlist. Retrieved September 8, 2022.

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