Philip Kaufman

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  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter
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  • Spent the better part of the '70s developing a script for a Star Trek movie centered around Spock, but Paramount lost interest due to poor pre-release buzz over another sci-fi film, Star Wars.
  • Fired as director of The Outlaw Josey Wales by Clint Eastwood due to creative differences. 
  • Collaborated with George Lucas on the basic story for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Appeared in uncredited background roles in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1987).
  • Directed the first film to be given an NC-17 rating, Henry & June.
  • Honored in an assortment of photographs on the walls of the Tosca Cafe in San Francisco, where he has been based since 1971.


  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
  • 1988, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay--based on material from another medium): Nominee
  • 1983, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1973, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Nominee
  • 1984, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Nominee
  • 1989, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 1989, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee


  • Nathan Kaufman — Father
  • Rose Kaufman — Wife (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Brandau — Mother
  • Peter Kaufman — Son


  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States (1958); attended Harvard University, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter

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