Fast Facts

  • Started in the industry as a film editor.
  • Sold his first script, The Falcon and the Snowman, in 1985.
  • Made his directorial debut, Searching for Bobby Fischer, in 1993.
  • Formed his own production company, Film Rites, in 2007.

Awards

  • 1990, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 2007, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee

Relationships

  • Jim Zaillian — Father

College

  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (BA, 1975)