Mark Boal

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  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/23/1973, Aquarius
  • Profession: Screenwriter; producer
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Mark Boal Fast Facts:
  • Father William Boal produced educational films.
  • Ranked among the Top 10 of high-school debaters in the country during his senior year.
  • Has worked as a freelance journalist, writing articles for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice and Playboy magazine.
  • A 2004 article titled "Death and Dishonor" published in Playboy magazine became the inspiration for the 2007 film In the Valley of Elah.
  • Wrote the original screenplay for The Hurt Locker (2008) based on his experiences as a journalist in Iraq.
  • Sued by an Iraq war veteran who claimed the 2008 war film, in particular Jeremy Renner's character, was based on his life; the lawsuit was subsequently thrown out by the court.
  • Mark Boal Relationships:
  • William Boal - Father
  • Lillian Firestone Boal - Mother
  • Christopher Stetson Boal - Brother
  • Mark Boal Awards:
  • 2009 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Original Screenplay - Winner
  • 2009 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Winner
  • 2010 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2009 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Winner
  • 2009 Oscar: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Winner
  • 2013 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2012 Oscar: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 2012 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Nominee
  • 2012 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • College:
  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (BA in Philosophy, 1995)

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