- Chaired the student disciplinary committee in high school; also acted and played football.
- As a teenager, acted in Jewish instructional films (an uncle was the broadcast chairman of the Chicago Board of Rabbis), and worked backstage at Chicago theaters and as a Second City busboy.
- Began writing the plays Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Duck Variations and Reunion while a student at Goddard College.
- His post-college job at a Chicago real-estate company provided material for the Pulitzer-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.
- After college, taught drama at Goddard; students included William H. Macy.
- Directed first wife, Lindsay Crouse, in his movie directorial debut, House of Games (1987); directed second wife, Rebecca Pidgeon, in a number of plays and movies, including the 1991 crime thriller Homicide.
- Published a book of poetry, The Hero Pony, in 1990; published first novel, The Village, in 1994.
- 1982, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
- 1997, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
- 1988, Tony — Play: Nominee
- 1984, Tony — Play: Nominee
- 1988, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Nominee
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
- 1983, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- Tony Mamet — Half Brother
- Zosia Mamet — Daughter
- Noah Mamet — Son
- Rebecca Pidgeon — Wife
- Clara Mamet — Daughter
- Bernard Kleiman — Stepfather
- Lenore June Silver — Mother
- Lynn Mamet — Sister
- Bernard Morris Mamet — Father
- Willa Mamet — Daughter
- Lindsay Crouse — Ex-wife
- Bob Mamet — Half Brother
- Goddard College, Plainfield, VT (BA in English Literature, 1969)
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