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Born: December 16, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, data entry clerk for 1984 Olympics, typist, movie theater usher

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On his way to becoming one of the highest-paid screenwriters in motion picture history, Shane Black redefined the action movie by flipping its stale conventions upon its head while producing untold numbers of pale imitators. Black shot to the top of the class with his first script, "Lethal Weapon" (1987), which resuscitated the buddy cop genre on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. It also spawned three sequels over the next decade, but Black only had his hand in writing the original draft for "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989). Meanwhile, he landed a huge payday for his spec for "The Last Boy Scout" (1991) and became one of Hollywood's top-earning rewrite specialists, raking in a cool million per job. But nothing compared to the $4 million score he managed for "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996), especially in light of the action flick's subsequent failure at the box office. After taking nearly a decade off to throw some of Hollywood's most notorious parties, Black reemerged as the writer and director of "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" (2005), a hilarious and highly-entertaining action-comedy that unfortunately flopped at the box office, but nonetheless put him on sure footing for a solid comeback. ...

On his way to becoming one of the highest-paid screenwriters in motion picture history, Shane Black redefined the action movie by flipping its stale conventions upon its head while producing untold numbers of pale imitators. Black shot to the top of the class with his first script, "Lethal Weapon" (1987), which resuscitated the buddy cop genre on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. It also spawned three sequels over the next decade, but Black only had his hand in writing the original draft for "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989). Meanwhile, he landed a huge payday for his spec for "The Last Boy Scout" (1991) and became one of Hollywood's top-earning rewrite specialists, raking in a cool million per job. But nothing compared to the $4 million score he managed for "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996), especially in light of the action flick's subsequent failure at the box office. After taking nearly a decade off to throw some of Hollywood's most notorious parties, Black reemerged as the writer and director of "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" (2005), a hilarious and highly-entertaining action-comedy that unfortunately flopped at the box office, but nonetheless put him on sure footing for a solid comeback.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Iron Man 3 (2013)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Burn, Hollywood, Burn (1997) Himself
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 As Good As it Gets (1997) Cafe 24 Manager
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 Robocop 3 (1993) Donnelly
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 Dead Heat (1988) Patrolman
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 Predator (1987) Hawkins
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1986:
Sold "Lethal Weapon" screenplay written on speculation for $250,000 (film released 1987)
1987:
Made acting debut with bit in "Predator"
1988:
Walked off "Lethal Weapon II" project when not allowed to kill off Mel Gibson character
1991:
"The Last Boy Scout," for which Black was paid a then-precedent setting $1.75 million, released; also executive producer
1993:
Did rewrite on "Last Action Hero;" shared final screenplay credit
1994:
Sold spec script "The Long Kiss Goodnight" for then-record $4 million
1999:
Wrote and produced the war drama "A.W.O.L."
2005:
Made directorial debut with "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" a murder mystery starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan; also penned screenplay adaptation
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1979 - 1983

Notes

"I don't need the beautiful girl on my arm and the fancy car and the best restaurant. You could make a lifetime out of just trying to maintain your status as a cool guy. What I care about is the work." --Shane Black in LOS ANGELES TIMES MAGAZINE, August 19, 1990

About what he does: "It's not brain surgery." --quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 25, 1994

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brother:
Terry Black. Screenwriter. Credits include "Dead Heat".

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