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Born: December 24, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: director, screenwriter, novelist, publicist

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As a screenwriter and director, Nicholas Meyer found success as a gifted filmmaker with a track record of producing crowd-pleasing entertainment for both film and television. After his start as a publicist for Paramount Pictures, he launched himself into a successful career as a novelist in 1971, and soon made his mark with the teleplay for "The Night That Panicked America" (ABC, 1975). His first major motion picture script came with "The Seven Percent Solution" (1976), an adaptation of his own novel, followed by his directorial debut on the sci-fi thriller "Time After Time" (1979). However, it was for his shepherding of the franchise-saving sequel "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) that Meyer would be most fondly remembered by genre film fans. He would be called back to contribute two more times on the successful iterations "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991). Later in his career, Meyer transitioned into more literary fare with such projects as the Richard Gere/Jodi Foster period romance "Sommersby" and a pair of adaptations based on novels by the revered American author Philip Roth - "The Human Stain" (2003) and "Elegy" (2008). Although...

As a screenwriter and director, Nicholas Meyer found success as a gifted filmmaker with a track record of producing crowd-pleasing entertainment for both film and television. After his start as a publicist for Paramount Pictures, he launched himself into a successful career as a novelist in 1971, and soon made his mark with the teleplay for "The Night That Panicked America" (ABC, 1975). His first major motion picture script came with "The Seven Percent Solution" (1976), an adaptation of his own novel, followed by his directorial debut on the sci-fi thriller "Time After Time" (1979). However, it was for his shepherding of the franchise-saving sequel "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) that Meyer would be most fondly remembered by genre film fans. He would be called back to contribute two more times on the successful iterations "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991). Later in his career, Meyer transitioned into more literary fare with such projects as the Richard Gere/Jodi Foster period romance "Sommersby" and a pair of adaptations based on novels by the revered American author Philip Roth - "The Human Stain" (2003) and "Elegy" (2008). Although his impressive career encompassed the alternating, often overlapping, titles of novelist, screenwriter and director, Meyer was viewed more as an artisan than an auteur - an apt descriptor for such a talented craftsman of well-made mainstream movies.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Vendetta (1999) Director
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  Company Business (1991) Director
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  The Deceivers (1988) Director
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  Volunteers (1985) Director
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  Day After, The (1983) Director
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  Time After Time (1979) Director

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 Intimate Portrait: Kim Cattrall (2000) Interviewee
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1969:
Was unit publicist for feature film "Love Story"
1974:
First produced script, a TV pilot for ABC, "Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders"
1975:
Wrote screenplay for "The Night that Panicked America" (ABC)
1977:
Wrote the screen adaptation of his novel "The Seven Percent Solution"
1979:
Feature film directing debut, "Time After Time"; also adapted the screenplay
1981:
Published his autobiographical novel <i>Confessions of a Homing Pigeon</i>
1982:
Directed and re-wrote screenplay for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"
1983:
Made TV directorial debut, "The Day After" (NBC)
1985:
Directed Tom Hanks and John Candy in "Volunteers"
1986:
Co-wrote the screenplay for the fourth Star Trek film, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
1988:
Directed the Merchant/Ivory produced, "The Deceivers"
1991:
Directed "Company Business," starring Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryishnikov; also adapted from his own screenplay
1991:
Directed "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"; also developed the story with Leonard Nimoy and co-wrote the screenplay
1993:
Was the principal screenwriter of the critically acclaimed film, "Sommersby"
1993:
Directed his own play about Leo Tolstoy, "Loco Motives," which premiered in Los Angeles
2003:
Adapted the Philip Roth novel, "The Human Stain"
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Education

University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa - 1968

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wife:
Lauren Leigh Taylor. Married on June 6, 1984.

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father:
Bernard C Meyer. Psychoanalyst.
mother:
Elly Meyer. Concert pianist.

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