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Also Known As: Paul John Weitz Died:
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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, playwright

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Screenwriter and director Paul Weitz first gained notice when he and his younger brother Chris (along with Todd Alcott) contributed to the screenplay for the DreamWorks/PDI computer animated feature "Antz" (1998). For this film, the writers created a movie that would have appeal for adults as well as children. A cleverly written exploration of individuality in the face of society's predetermined roles, "Antz" starred Woody Allen in what was easily his funniest role in the better part of a decade. Allen voiced Z-4195, the drone dissatisfied with his station in life who, for the love of high-class ant Princess Bala (Sharon Stone), undertakes a great adventure, becomes a hero, finds the elusive Insectopia, and foils the plans of coup minded General Mandible (Gene Hackman). With visual gags to entertain children and sophisticated social commentary that spoke to adults, "Antz" proved a crowd-pleaser, its character-driven screenplay setting it apart from Disney's similarly themed Pixar computer animated "A Bug's Life" (also 1998).Paul and Chris Weitz come from a Hollywood background, their mother is Academy Award nominated actress Susan Kohner, father fashion designer John Weitz, grandfather famed talent...

Screenwriter and director Paul Weitz first gained notice when he and his younger brother Chris (along with Todd Alcott) contributed to the screenplay for the DreamWorks/PDI computer animated feature "Antz" (1998). For this film, the writers created a movie that would have appeal for adults as well as children. A cleverly written exploration of individuality in the face of society's predetermined roles, "Antz" starred Woody Allen in what was easily his funniest role in the better part of a decade. Allen voiced Z-4195, the drone dissatisfied with his station in life who, for the love of high-class ant Princess Bala (Sharon Stone), undertakes a great adventure, becomes a hero, finds the elusive Insectopia, and foils the plans of coup minded General Mandible (Gene Hackman). With visual gags to entertain children and sophisticated social commentary that spoke to adults, "Antz" proved a crowd-pleaser, its character-driven screenplay setting it apart from Disney's similarly themed Pixar computer animated "A Bug's Life" (also 1998).

Paul and Chris Weitz come from a Hollywood background, their mother is Academy Award nominated actress Susan Kohner, father fashion designer John Weitz, grandfather famed talent agent Paul Kohner, grandmother Mexican actress Lupita Tovar, and uncle producer Pancho Kohner. Keeping the family business alive, the Weitz brothers collaborated on their next project as well, Paul as director and Chris as producer (and reportedly uncredited co-director) of 1999's teen comedy "American Pie," the brothers' take on a tale of four high school seniors who go to great lengths in their attempts to lose their virginity. "American Pie," the modern equivalent of the teen sex comedies prevalent in the early 80s (i.e., "Porky's" 1981; "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" 1982) captured that era's crudely funny look at teen sexuality, as well as incorporated a somewhat sensitive look at friendships and relationships. Featuring an ensemble cast made up primarily of virtual unknowns, many of whom would go on to thriving Hollywood careers, "American Pie" became a summer sleeper hit and ultimately, a film franchise: the Weitzs would go on to executive produce two sequels, "American Pie 2" (2001) and "American Wedding" (2003).

After the brothers were among the credited screenwriters of the hit sequel "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000) they co-created the short-lived WB sit-com "Off Centre" (2001) starring "Pie" veteran Eddie Kaye Thomas. In 2002 the Weitz brothers teamed with screenwriter Peter Hedges to adapt British novelist Nick Hornby's cult book in "About a Boy," which the brothers also co-directed. Starring Hugh Grant as an indolent arrested adolescent who suddenly matures when he forms a quirky friendship with a lonely young lad, "About a Boy" was one of the best films of its year, delivering both big laughs and honest sentiment. Wietz next tackled a solo project without his brother, serving a writer, director and producer of the extremely appealing, Billy Wilder-esque adult serio-comic "In Good Company" (2004), starring Dennis Quaid as a successful middle-aged ad salesman who suddenly finds himslef with a new boss half his age (Topher Grace) who also begins seeing his daughter (Scarlett Johansson).

Before achieving success in film, Weitz received some acclaim as a playwright, with "Mango Tea" produced by New York's Ensemble Studio Theater (EST) and performed off-Broadway featuring Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow. Other plays of Weitz's produced by EST include "All for One" and "Captive," the latter leading to his first film credit. This lurid story of a couple who finds that taking a hostage serves as romantic inspiration was adapted by writer-director Karl Slovin into "Sex and the Other Man" (1995), starring Kari Wuhrer and Ron Eldard as a dysfunctional couple, and Stanley Tucci as Wuhrer's boss, taken hostage by the couple whose presence cures Eldard's impotence. Weitz also had writing credits in Daisy von Scherler Mayer's "Madeline" (1998), as co-lyricist of the song "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale." Additionally, Weitz and brother Chris teamed up to pen the pilot episode of the 1998 remake series "Fantasy Island" (ABC), and as an actor he appeared in a supporting role in the indie hit "Chuck & Back" (2000).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Grandma (2015)
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  Admission (2013)
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  In Good Company (2004) Director
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  About a Boy (2002) Director
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  Down to Earth (2001) Director
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  American Pie (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Joshy (2016)
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 Life After Beth (2014)
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 Faults (2014)
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 Chuck and Buck (2000) Sam
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Made playwriting debut with "Mango Tea," starring Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow
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Wrote two subsequent plays "Captive" and "All for One"
1994:
With brother Chris, sold spec script "Rhode Island Smith and the Theme Park of Doom"
1995:
His play "Captive" adapted into feature film "Sex and the Other Man"
1996:
Collaborated with brother Chris on script for film version of 1960s TV sitcom "My Favorite Martian" (CBS)
1998:
Co-wrote song "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" for children's film "Madeline"; originally wrote draft of script with brother that was subsequently set aside; uncle Poncho Kohner co-produced
1998:
With brother Chris and Todd Alcott, received screenwriting credit for animated comedy "Antz"
1999:
Directed teen comedy "American Pie"; brother Chris produced and reportedly co-directed
2000:
Made feature acting debut opposite Mike White in "Chuck & Buck"
2001:
With brother Chris, co-wrote and co-directed "Down to Earth," a remake of 1978's "Heaven Can Wait"
2002:
Along with brother Chris and Peter Hedges, wrote screenplay for "About a Boy," starring Hugh Grant; also co-directed with brother Chris
2004:
Wrote and directed comedy "In Good Company," starring Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, and Scarlett Johansson
2006:
Directed "American Dreamz," a political satire starring Dennis Quaid and Hugh Grant
2007:
Produced adaptation of first novel in Philip Pullman's <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy "The Golden Compass," directed by brother Chris
2009:
Directed adaptation of Darren Shan's series of novels "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"
2010:
Helmed sequel to "Meet the Parents" (2000) titled "Little Fockers," co-starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller
2012:
Directed De Niro, Julianne Moore, and Paul Dano in "Being Flynn"; also wrote screenplay based on Nick Flynn's book <i>Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City: A Memoir</i>
2012:
Executive produced "American Reunion," featuring original "American Pie" cast
2013:
Directed Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in Princeton-set comedy "Admission"
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Education

Wesleyan University: Middletown , Connecticut -
Collegiate School: New York , New York -

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grandfather:
Paul Kohner. Talent agent. Czech; died in March 1988.
grandmother:
Lupita Tovar. Actor. Mexican; born in 1910; starred in several 1930s Westerns and also the Spanish language "Dracula" (1931).
father:
John Weitz. Fashion designer, author. Died of cancer in Nw 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 and executive.
brother:
Chris Weitz. Screenwriter, producer, director. Born c. 1969; frequent collaborator.
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