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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).

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).

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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

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 Life After Beth (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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