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Also Known As: S.M. Alexander, Scott M. Alexander Died:
Born: June 16, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, music coordinator

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This screenwriter and his partner, Larry Karaszewski, struggled through several unsuccessful projects before hitting gold with self-described "weirdo biopics" of director Ed Wood Jr. and porn king Larry Flynt.

This screenwriter and his partner, Larry Karaszewski, struggled through several unsuccessful projects before hitting gold with self-described "weirdo biopics" of director Ed Wood Jr. and porn king Larry Flynt.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Screwed (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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Raised in Southern California
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Began shooting Super-8mm movies while in high school
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Met future partner Larry Karaszewski while at USC in the 1980s
1986:
Within two weeks of graduating from college, sold first spec script "Homewreckers" to 20th Century Fox for $300,0000
1988:
TV writing debut, an episode of the syndicated series "Monsters"; also directed an episode
1990:
First produced screenplay, "Problem Child"; co-written with Larry Karaszewski
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Reportedly worked on the script for the animated "Cats Don't Dance" (1997); did not receive final credit
1994:
Had first critical hit with "Ed Wood", directed by Tim Burton; co-written with Karaszewski
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Worked on script rewrites of "Mars Attacks!" (1996) for Tim Burton; denied on screen credit by the Writers Guild
1996:
Won critical and popular acclaim with the controversial "The People vs. Larry Flynt", directed by Milos Forman; co-penned with Karaszewski
1997:
Co-wrote the screenplay for the remake of Disney's "That Darn Cat"; credited as S M Alexander
1998:
With Karaszewski, made co-directorial debut with "Screwed", also co-scripted (released theatrically in 2000)
1999:
Pair reteamed with Forman to script biopic of Andy Kaufman "Man on the Moon"
2003:
Co-wrote the teen adventure, "Agent Cody Banks"
2007:
With Karaszewski, adapted a Stephen King short story called "1408"
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Education

Palisades High School: Pacific Palisades , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1986

Notes

"We write movies that--on paper--are studio films. They have three solid acts, a protagonist, an antagonist, and a twist on page 60, so a studio can feel comfortable with the form. But then we're taking the content and completely twisting it around. We've been lucky enough to get to the point where we can basically come in with as weird an idea as we want, and can probably find some sucker to buy it."--Scott Alexander quoted in Boxoffice, December 1996.

"I cried at the cast and crew screening, I was so embarrassed." --Scott Alexander on "Problem Child" in Movieline, November 1996.

"We were lucky enough to win the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay [for "The People vs. Larry Flynt"] which is one of the highs of our lives. And it's a great moment, and you get escorted backstage and there's. like, 100 reporters back there and crews, and lights flashing, and they all start asking us, 'Don't you feel ashamed having made this movie about him?' And I'm thinking, 'My God! If I can't have these ten minutes of pleasure, what does it take?' And I actually snapped at all of these reporters, saying, 'Can't you just let us enjoy this moment? Can't you just ask us the puff questions that everyone else gets?'" --Scott Alexander quoted in Written By, April 1997.

"Most biopic pitches you hear in Hollywood are about 'The first person to blah-blah-blah' ... But Scott and Larry are not concerned about a particular person's achievements as much as they are about their subject's passion, especially when if has a slanted angle." --Michael Costigan, then Columbia Pictures executive vice president of production, quoted in Time , December 31, 1999.

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wife:
Deborah Alexander.

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son:
Casey Alexander. Born on April 10, 1994.
son:
Jeremy Alexander.
daughter:
Lily Grace Alexander. Born on January 15, 2000.

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