William De Los Santos

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William De Los Santos
William De Los Santos
William De Los Santos at the Spring Breakers Hollywood premiere at Arclight Cinemas, May 2013
Born (1965-10-29) October 29, 1965 (age 53)
United States
OccupationAuthor, poet, screenwriter, producer, film director
ResidenceHollywood Hills
GenreDark Comedy, Drama, Historic
Notable worksSpun
SpouseJennifer Field
ChildrenAbraham Hero De Los Santos
RelativesAbraham 'Tiki' De Los Santos (father), Kathleen M. Cornett (Petroff) (mother), Herman Haimowitz (grandfather)


William De Los Santos (born October 29, 1965) is a Hawaiian Irish-American author, poet, screenwriter and film director. He is best known for having written and produced the 2003 film Spun, which starred Jason Schwartzman, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, Mena Suvari and John Leguizamo.[1]


De Los Santos is the son of Abraham 'Tiki' De Los Santos,[2] a Hawaiian politician and entertainer and Kathleen Marie O'Carroll (Cornett/Petroff). He is also the grandson of Herman Haimowitz, an American painter and woodcut artist. He was raised by a fireman, William Raymond Hilbert. De Los Santos has 10 half brothers and sisters. De Los Santos is married to Miss Asian America 2006-2007 Jennifer Field, they have one child, Abraham Hero De Los Santos born in 2013. They reside in the Hollywood Hills.


De Los Santos attended Chaffey High School in Ontario, California and Point Loma College in San Diego, California where he played basketball. He then transferred to Eastern Oregon State University in La Grande, Oregon. De Los Santos also attended University of La Verne in La Verne, California and University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

Professional career[edit]

De Los Santos wrote the original screenplay for Spun (Columbia Pictures/TriStar Pictures), a work inspired by his experience in the Eugene, Oregon drug subculture.[3][4] Originally ignored by director Jonas Åkerlund, De Los Santos continued to phone Åkerlund for two years until he finally agreed to read his script.[5] The film has been billed as an autobiography of sorts featuring De Los Santos as the character Ross, portrayed by Jason Schwartzman.[6][7] Roger Ebert described the film as having "effortless wickedness" but said the film's "charm" was "admittedly an acquired and elusive taste". He gave the film 3 out of 4 stars.[8]

De Los Santos wrote the screenplay adaptation for the upcoming motion-picture based on Iceberg Slim's novel, Mama Black Widow.[9][10]

De Los Santos has written the screenplay for a film of the life of Plato entitled The Man of The Republic which is currently in development with producer Chris Hanley and his Muse Productions.[11][12]

De Los Santos also wrote and is set to direct his 2018 film, Tranzloco.[13]

De Los Santos directed the music video 'Mistakes Like This' for Atlantic Records recording artists Prelow in 2014.[14]

In 2017 De Los Santos optioned the novel Wasting Talent from author Ryan Leone and began adapting the story into a new script entitled Love in Vein.[15]

News journalist Alexandra Gill from The Globe and Mail wrote of De Los Santos, "...one of the most fascinating free spirts I've ever met."[16]

Writer Chris Campion, from Dazed & Confused Magazine, called De Los Santos, "...the most exciting American screenwriter of his generation...one minute he appears to be a deranged hustler trapped by mad ambition, and locked on a path determined by self-delusion. The next, he is a visionary poet whose wild and inspired ideas bear the spark of unfettered genius."[3]


  1. ^ "Spun". rottentomatoes.com.
  2. ^ TV.com
  3. ^ a b Campion, Chris (September 2002). "Hustler, Genius, Junkie, Thief: Will De Los Santos". Dazed & Confused. United Kingdom. 2 (5): 110–114.
  4. ^ Peter Bowen (Summer 2001). "SPED UP". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Jade Chang (November 14, 2002). "Tinseltown: knight rider, lord of the rings, spun". BBC Collective. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Gill, Alexandra (September 9, 2002). "Keeping it real on the festival circuit". Toronto Film Festival. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  7. ^ Brandon Judell (March 17, 2003). "The Will De Los Santos Spin on "Spun," Tattoos, and the Movie Biz". IndieWire. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 4, 2003). "Spun". Rogerebert.com.
  9. ^ Pimp Of The Region - Wattpad
  10. ^ Watch Mama Black Widow Video
  11. ^ IndieWire
  12. ^ The New York Times
  13. ^ Dave McNary (May 11, 2012). "Will De Los Santos to helm his Tranzloco". Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  14. ^ Vice
  15. ^ "Fight Club Screenwriter to Explore Outlaw Author's Tortured Life in New Doc". HuffPost.
  16. ^ 2002 Toronto International Film Festival

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