Raised in Los Angeles, CA
Worked as a film editor after graduating from college
First credit as an editor, "Breaker, Breaker"
Sold first screenplay "Bad Manners" to Ray Stark's Rastar Productions; never produced
First produced screenplay, "The Falcon and the Snowman"
Earned first Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay for "Awakenings"
Feature directorial debut, "Searching for Bobby Fischer"; also scripted from the book by Fred Waitzkin
Penned the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"
Was one of three credited writers on "Clear and Present Danger"
Provided the story for the big screen adaptation of "Mission: Impossible"
Reportedly did uncredited script work for Spielberg's "Amistad" (1997) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)
Wrote and directed the based-on-fact drama "A Civil Action"
Penned a draft of the script for "Hannibal"; shared final on screen credit with David Mamet
Co-wrote the screenplay for Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"
Wrote and directed "All the King's Men," an adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's classic 1946 political novel
Wrote the film adaptation of Ridley Scott's "American Gangster," based on a <i>New York</i> magazine story about the rise and fall of the 1970s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas
Co-wrote the screenplay for "Moneyball" with Aaron Sorkin
Penned the film adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the book by Stieg Larsson and directed by David Fincher