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Also Known As: Christopher John Weitz Died:
Born: November 30, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, actor, journalist

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One half of a successful filmmaking partnership with his brother Paul, as well as a solo talent, Chris Weitz was a writer, producer and director whose string of hit films included "American Pie" (1999), "About a Boy" (2002), and "The Golden Compass" (2007). "Pie," with its mix of raucous comedy and heartfelt charm, put the brothers on the comedy map, but the gentler, more mature "Boy" established them as versatile talents. Weitz struggled with "Compass," which marked his debut as a director without Paul, but found his footing again as a producer of his brother's work, among others, and as director of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009), the hotly anticipated sequel to the tween sensation, "Twilight" (2007). Weitz's ability to bring a fresh outlook to a wide variety of genres made him one of Hollywood's most versatile and in-demand filmmakers.

One half of a successful filmmaking partnership with his brother Paul, as well as a solo talent, Chris Weitz was a writer, producer and director whose string of hit films included "American Pie" (1999), "About a Boy" (2002), and "The Golden Compass" (2007). "Pie," with its mix of raucous comedy and heartfelt charm, put the brothers on the comedy map, but the gentler, more mature "Boy" established them as versatile talents. Weitz struggled with "Compass," which marked his debut as a director without Paul, but found his footing again as a producer of his brother's work, among others, and as director of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009), the hotly anticipated sequel to the tween sensation, "Twilight" (2007). Weitz's ability to bring a fresh outlook to a wide variety of genres made him one of Hollywood's most versatile and in-demand filmmakers.

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DIRECTOR:

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  About a Boy (2002) Director
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  Down to Earth (2001) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) Cast
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 Chuck and Buck (2000) Charlie 'Chuck' Sitter
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 Broken Hearts Club, The (2000) Director
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Worked as a freelance journalist for British newspapers <i>The Independent</i> and the London <i>Sunday Times</i> after completing his English degree at Cambridge University
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Joined the diplomatic corps, but was required to wait a year after passing foreign service exams before beginning tenure
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While waiting for clearance to join diplomatic corps, began collaborating with older brother Paul on a screenplay
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With Paul, worked on the screenplay for the children's film "Madeline," produced by uncle Pancho Kohner
1998:
Along with brother and Todd Alcott, credited for the screenplay of the animated comedy "Antz"
1998:
Co-wrote (with brother) an episode of the ABC remake of the series "Fantasy Island"
1999:
Produced the teen comedy "American Pie," directed by brother; reportedly co-directed
2000:
Co-starred opposite Mike White in "Chuck & Buck," directed by Miguel Arteta; screened at Sundance Film Festival
2001:
Reteamed with brother Paul to co-direct "Down to Earth," a remake of "Heaven Can Wait" starring Chris Rock; also contributed to the screenplay
2002:
Along with brother Paul and Peter Hedge wrote "About a Boy"; received an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay
2001:
Will direct the film version of Philip Pullman's popular children's fantasy series "His Dark Materials" (lensed 2005)
2005:
Acted in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
2006:
Produced "American Dreamz" a political satire helmed by his brother Paul Weitz
2007:
Wrote and directed an adaptation of the first book of <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy, "The Golden Compass"
2009:
Directed "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
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Education

University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -
University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -

Notes

"I think 'Antz' helped us to think more visually, to write beyond words on a page, with moving images and scenes in mind. It was very valuable in terms of moving from screenwriting to directing." --Chris Weitz quoted in AMERICAN PIE press material

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companion:
Heather Graham. Actress. Dating as of January 2003.

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grandfather:
Paul Kohner. Talent agent. Czech; died in March 1988.
grandmother:
Lupita Tovar. Actor. Mexican; born in 1910; appeared in many 1930s Westerns as well as the the Spanish-language version of "Dracula".
father:
John Weitz. Fashion designer, author. Died of cancer in New York on October 3, 2002.
mother:
Susan Kohner. Actor. Had notable roles in the 1950s and early 1960s, including an Oscar-nominated turn in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life" (1959); retired after marriage to John Weitz.
uncle:
Pancho Kohner. Producer, executive.
brother:
Paul Weitz. Screenwriter, director. Born c. 1965; frequent collaborator.
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