Neil LaBute



  • Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/19/1963, Pisces
  • Profession: Director; screenwriter; producer; author
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Neil LaBute Fast Facts:
  • Played Snoopy in a high-school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and was also in the casts of Arsenic and Old Lace and Our Town.
  • Converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after enrolling at Brigham Young University.
  • At BYU, met actor Aaron Eckhart, who has appeared in a number of his films.
  • Worked in mental hospitals in New York and Utah while in graduate school.
  • Starred in the 1986 slasher comedy High School Spirits
  • Early in his career, was asked by church leaders to no longer write about Mormon characters.
  • Shot 1997's In the Company of Men in less than two weeks and for about $25,000, which was invested by two friends and was the money they received as part of an insurance settlement from an auto accident.
  • Had fictional pieces published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Playboy; a collection of short stories was published in 2004.
  • The LaBute New Theater Festival for professional playwrights and high-school students is held by the St. Louis Actors' Studio in Missouri.
  • Neil LaBute Relationships:
  • Richard LaBute - Father
  • Lisa Gore - Wife
  • Lily LaBute - Daughter
  • Spencer LaBute - Son
  • Marian LaBute - Mother
  • Neil LaBute Awards:
  • 2009 Tony: Play - Nominee
  • 1997 Sundance Film Festival: Filmmakers Trophy: Dramatic - Winner
  • College:
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States (BA in Theater, 1985); University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States (MA); New York University, New York, New York, United States (MFA in Dramatic Writing)

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