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Also Known As: Edward Solomon Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Saratoga, California, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, gagwriter, playwright, actor, director, stand-up comedian

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An accomplished screenwriter and producer, Ed Solomon is probably best-known for the snappy dialogue and clever stories he brought to the original feature film "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) and the big-screen versions of "Men in Black" (1997) and "X-Men" (2000), both blockbuster movies based on popular comic books.

An accomplished screenwriter and producer, Ed Solomon is probably best-known for the snappy dialogue and clever stories he brought to the original feature film "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) and the big-screen versions of "Men in Black" (1997) and "X-Men" (2000), both blockbuster movies based on popular comic books.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Levity (2003) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Leaving Normal (1992) Jerk In Bar
2.
 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) "Stupid" Seance Member
3.
 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) Stupid Waiter
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Joined writing staff of ABC sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" at age 21
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Worked as as stand-up comedian
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Had several plays produced in and around the Los Angeles area
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Wrote comic material for performers, such as Garry Shandling
1986:
Hired as a writer on "It's Garry Shandling's Show" (Showtime) for three seasons; also served as executive story editor
1989:
First collaboration with Chris Matheson, co-wrote screenplay for blockbuster teen comedy "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"; also made cameo appearance as a waiter
1991:
Co-wrote (with Matheson) the sequel "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"; also acted and served as associate producer with Matheson
1992:
Scripted and co-produced the poorly received "Leaving Normal"; directed by Edward Zwick
1993:
Wrote screenplay for "Super Mario Bros," based on the video game of the same name
1997:
Penned the smash hit movie "Men in Black," based on the Malibu comic book series
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Formed Infinite Monkeys, a production company; partnered with producer Edward Lynn
2000:
Co-wrote the screenplay for Shandling's big-screen bomb "What Planet Are You From"?
2000:
Did uncredited work on the script for "X-Men"
2000:
Co-scripted the feature film version of "Charlie's Angels"; directed by McG and co-starring Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz
2003:
Made feature directing debut with "Levity"; also wrote and produced
2003:
Penned the remake of "The In-Laws," starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks
2009:
Wrote and produced the comedy film "Imagine That" with Eddie Murphy
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"I got interested in writing because I felt that all my friends in high school were very, very talented and I didn't really have any actual skills, and I was so insecure that I felt I needed some kind of skill in order to be popular. I tried to develop a sense of humor and found that it didn't really help me get popular, it just made me seem like a guy who was trying to make jokes all the time." --Solomon in an e-mail interview published on the Writers' Guild web site (www.writersguild.org).

"I am an expert procrastinator, which is why I have to go to an office to work. I try to go places where there are no telephones, no televisions ... It's not so much that other people will call me, it's more that I will call them, especially when I'm working on a hard scene. When I am excited about what I am writing, I am the opposite of a procrastinator. I hate to be forced away from my work. Once I get rolling, if I'm really into something, all I want to do is write." --Ed Solomon quoted in an e-mail interview published on the Writers Guild of America's web site (www.writersguild.org).

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wife:
Cynthia Cleese. Actor. Born c. 1971; daughter of actors John Cleese and Connie Booth.

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father-in-law:
John Cleese. Actor, comic, writer.
mother-in-law:
Connie Booth. Actor.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Men in Black: The Script and the Story Behind the Film Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook

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