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Also Known As: John David Logan Died:
Born: September 24, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: screenwriter, playwright, producer

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One of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, John Logan made a name for himself by crafting extensively researched, thoroughly compelling historical epics. After more than 10 years as a respected playwright in Illinois, Logan began his transition to writing for the screen with the Orson Welles biopic "RKO 281" (HBO, 1999) and the Oliver Stone-directed NFL melodrama "Any Given Sunday" (1999). Having attracted the attention of director-producer Ridley Scott, he was brought on to script the Oscar-winning Roman Empire spectacle "Gladiator" (2000), starring Russell Crowe. Logan further cemented his growing reputation with his lauded work on films like Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai" (2003), Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" (2004) and Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007). After four years without a credit, he returned to pen the hit animated family feature "Rango" (2011) and reunited with Scorsese for the critically-acclaimed family-adventure "Hugo" (2011). Logan's love of history and knack for finding the often ambiguous human story within a larger, epic narrative rightfully made him one of the most sought-after and recognized screenwriters of the new millennium. ...

One of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, John Logan made a name for himself by crafting extensively researched, thoroughly compelling historical epics. After more than 10 years as a respected playwright in Illinois, Logan began his transition to writing for the screen with the Orson Welles biopic "RKO 281" (HBO, 1999) and the Oliver Stone-directed NFL melodrama "Any Given Sunday" (1999). Having attracted the attention of director-producer Ridley Scott, he was brought on to script the Oscar-winning Roman Empire spectacle "Gladiator" (2000), starring Russell Crowe. Logan further cemented his growing reputation with his lauded work on films like Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai" (2003), Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" (2004) and Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007). After four years without a credit, he returned to pen the hit animated family feature "Rango" (2011) and reunited with Scorsese for the critically-acclaimed family-adventure "Hugo" (2011). Logan's love of history and knack for finding the often ambiguous human story within a larger, epic narrative rightfully made him one of the most sought-after and recognized screenwriters of the new millennium.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Jailhouse Rock (1957)
3.
 Behind the High Wall (1956) Gun guard
4.
 Tall Man Riding (1955)
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 Tennessee Champ (1954) Pursuer
6.
 Sea of Lost Ships (1954) Swab
7.
 The Long, Long Trailer (1954) Mechanic
8.
 Desert Legion (1953) Legionnaire
9.
 The Man Behind the Gun (1953) Trooper
10.
 So Big (1953) Buyer
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Worked as a playwright in Chicago for 10 years after college
1985:
First play "Never the Sinner" was based on the likes of Illinois villains Leopold and Loeb
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Penned the stage plays "Hauptmann," about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and "Riverview," a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park
1992:
Directed a New York staging of "Hauptman" at Cherry Lane Theatre
1995:
Revived his play "Never the Sinner" at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater; play was produced off-Broadway in 1997
1996:
Sold first spec script, a football-themed drama called "Any Given Sunday" to Turner Pictures
1996:
Wrote the screenplay for the Fox TV movie "Tornado!"
1999:
Executive produced and wrote the horror flick "Bats"
1999:
Scripted the Emmy-nominated HBO drama "RKO 281," about the making of Orson Welles' 1941 classic "Citizen Kane"
1999:
Received writing credit for the football drama "Any Given Sunday"; directed by Oliver Stone and starred Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz
2000:
Co-wrote screenplay for Ridley Scott's blockbuster "Gladiator"; shared an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay
2002:
Scripted the DreamWorks adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine"
2002:
Wrote the screenplay for "Star Trek: Nemesis," the tenth feature film in the "Star Trek" franchise
2003:
Contributed to the story for the epic drama "The Last Samurai," which was directed and produced by Edward Zwick
2004:
Scripted the Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator," directed by Martin Scorsese; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay
2007:
Scripted the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"; directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp
2010:
Wrote the Broadway play "Red" about 20th-century abstract impressionist painter Mark Rothko; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play
2011:
Wrote the screenplay for the Martin Scorsese directed "Hugo," based on Brian Selznick's book <i>The Invention of Hugo Cabret</i>
2012:
Wrote the feature adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes
2012:
Co-wrote Bond film "Skyfall"
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -

Notes

"Cecil B De Mille once said: 'Give me a page of the Bible, and I'll give you a picture.' My thing is: 'Give me anyone's life and I'll give you a picture.' I find the scholarly element of detection and research so appealing--going in and trying to figure out my take on Orson Welles or Marcus Aurelius or Pasolini." --Logan to The Daily Telegraph, December 17, 1999.

"In 90 percent of the cases, history helps us out very nicely and is the spine from which we built the organs and the muscles. For that other 10 percent, it is pure invention." --Logan to MovieMaker, April/May 2000.

"I thought as a fluke that I'd take a playwriting class, but the minute I did that, I knew it was my destiny. I've never looked back. I spent 10 years writing plays, but I've always had this incredible passion for movies; I thought it would be fun to give that a try." --Logan to MovieMaker, April/May 2000.

"There is no such thing as empirical historical truth--there are different judgments on every single issue." --Logan to MovieMaker, April/May 2000.

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