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Also Known As: Charles Stuart Kaufman Died:
Born: November 1, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, playwright

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Without a doubt one of Hollywood's most iconoclastic and imaginative screenwriters, Charlie Kaufman tapped into his surreal imagination that was one part Franz Kafka, another part Philip K. Dick, and produced some of the most inventive films of the early 21st century. Starting off as a writer on television shows like "Get a Life!" (Fox, 1990-92) and "The Edge" (Fox, 1992-93), Kaufman realized his dream of writing features with "Being John Malkovich" (1999), an absurd and hilarious dramedy that announced his arrival as a formidable artiste who managed to attract mainstream attention. Immediately tagged as one who shied away from the media spotless, Kaufman was rather reticent about personal details and instead allowed his work to speak for itself. After receiving an enormous amount of praise and a substantial cult following with "Malkovich," he followed up with the mildly received screwball comedy "Human Nature" (2001). Kaufman let his imagination loose with "Adaptation" (2002), an attempt to adapt Susan Orlean's best-selling novel The Orchid Thief, where the scribe wound up writing himself and fictional twin brother, Donald Kaufman, into the script to hilarious and awards-worthy results. But it was...

Without a doubt one of Hollywood's most iconoclastic and imaginative screenwriters, Charlie Kaufman tapped into his surreal imagination that was one part Franz Kafka, another part Philip K. Dick, and produced some of the most inventive films of the early 21st century. Starting off as a writer on television shows like "Get a Life!" (Fox, 1990-92) and "The Edge" (Fox, 1992-93), Kaufman realized his dream of writing features with "Being John Malkovich" (1999), an absurd and hilarious dramedy that announced his arrival as a formidable artiste who managed to attract mainstream attention. Immediately tagged as one who shied away from the media spotless, Kaufman was rather reticent about personal details and instead allowed his work to speak for itself. After receiving an enormous amount of praise and a substantial cult following with "Malkovich," he followed up with the mildly received screwball comedy "Human Nature" (2001). Kaufman let his imagination loose with "Adaptation" (2002), an attempt to adapt Susan Orlean's best-selling novel The Orchid Thief, where the scribe wound up writing himself and fictional twin brother, Donald Kaufman, into the script to hilarious and awards-worthy results. But it was "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) that earned Kaufman his widest praise, thanks to an imaginative storyline that was pinned down by honest emotion. By the time he made his directorial debut with the maudlin "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), Kaufman had cemented his reputation as filmmaker capable of turning wildly complex ideas into believable and entertaining movies.

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Moved from NYC to Southern California
1991:
Wrote episodes of the FOX sitcom, "Get a Life!"
1993:
Staff writer on the FOX variety series, "The Edge"
1993:
Served as exective story editor on the CBS summer sitcom "The Trouble With Larry"
1994:
Penned first draft of what became breakthrough feature, "Being John Malkovich"
1995:
Was a co-producer of the short-lived FOX comedy "Misery Loves Company"
1996:
Worked as a staff writer on the equally short-lived ABC series "The Dana Carvey Show"
1996:
Produced and scripted episodes of the FOX sitcom "Ned and Stacy"
1999:
First produced screenplay, "Being John Malkovich"; directed by Spike Jonze and starring John Cusack
2001:
Second produced screenplay, "Human Nature"; produced and directed by Michel Gondry
2002:
Re-teamed with Jonze for "Adaptation"; a film version of Susan Orlean's book <i>The Orchid Thief</i>; suffered writer's block in trying to pen adaptation of the non-fiction work and instead used that situation as basis for film, going so far as to create a fictional brother, Donald, to whom he dedicated the script; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay
2002:
Adapted game show producer Chuck Barris' seriocomic autobiography "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"; George Clooney made his directorial debut
2004:
Re-teamed with Gondry for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay
2008:
Premiered his directorial debut, "Synecdoche, New York" at the Cannes Film Festival; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
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Education

William H. Hall High School: West Hartford , Connecticut -
Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -
New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

"I want to create situations that give people something to think about. I hate a movie that will end by telling you that the first thing you should do is learn to love yourself. That is so insulting and condescending, and so meaningless. My characters don't learn to love each other or themselves" ---Charlie Kaufman to Michael Sragow at Salon.com, November 11, 1999.

"It's exactly the same with television; the batting average for these networks is just atrocious with doing the safe stuff, so why not make part of your shows as insane and different as you possibly can and see what sticks? They're not winning this way. But there is the mentality that if you pick something safe, as an executive, and it fails, you're not blamed, because you can justify it ... Am I digging my own grave here by saying all this stuff? "---Kaufman to Anthony Kaufman of indieWIRE.com, October 27, 1999.

"I had a long, long struggle to get into the business at all. And it certainly looked like it was never going to happen," he says. "And people ask me, 'Tell me the story of your struggle.' And there's some kind of relief at the end of the story for the listener because ... it worked out and all that trouble was worth it. But when you're going through it, it can just as easily not work out. It could have just as easily not worked out, and for all kinds of reasons."---Charlie Kaufman quoted to CNN.com, December 15, 2004.

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