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Born: March 19, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: director, playwright, screenwriter

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Once dubbed by Details magazine as "the meanest man in Hollywood," writer-director-playwright Neil LaBute had indeed made some of the most caustic, cruel and wickedly funny films in contemporary cinema. LaBute's work as a playwright was no less vicious. His plays provoked anger from critics and audiences alike, and even prompted the Mormon Church - of which he had been a member - to disfellowship him for his negative characterizations of the faithful. But the most frequent, yet disavowed criticism of LaBute was to label him a misogynist. Time and again, LaBute had to defend himself against the charge, particularly with "In the Company of Men" (1997), an acid bath of a film that announced loudly his arrival on the filmmaking scene. He followed up with the independent hit "Your Friends and Neighbors" (1998), which helped launch his Hollywood career. LaBute's later films - in particular "Nurse Betty" (2000), "Possession" (2002) and "Lakeview Terrace" (2008) - stemmed the critical tide and showed the breadth of his talents, though those same critics claimed that he had gone soft. But for an iconoclast like LaBute, such criticisms only reinforced his belief in his work, as he continued to defy, outrage...

Once dubbed by Details magazine as "the meanest man in Hollywood," writer-director-playwright Neil LaBute had indeed made some of the most caustic, cruel and wickedly funny films in contemporary cinema. LaBute's work as a playwright was no less vicious. His plays provoked anger from critics and audiences alike, and even prompted the Mormon Church - of which he had been a member - to disfellowship him for his negative characterizations of the faithful. But the most frequent, yet disavowed criticism of LaBute was to label him a misogynist. Time and again, LaBute had to defend himself against the charge, particularly with "In the Company of Men" (1997), an acid bath of a film that announced loudly his arrival on the filmmaking scene. He followed up with the independent hit "Your Friends and Neighbors" (1998), which helped launch his Hollywood career. LaBute's later films - in particular "Nurse Betty" (2000), "Possession" (2002) and "Lakeview Terrace" (2008) - stemmed the critical tide and showed the breadth of his talents, though those same critics claimed that he had gone soft. But for an iconoclast like LaBute, such criticisms only reinforced his belief in his work, as he continued to defy, outrage and shed light on multiple facets of human nature.

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  Shape of Things, The (2003) Director
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  Possession (2002) Director
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  Nurse Betty (2000) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Cleanflix (2009)
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 Independent's Day (1997) Himself
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 Decade Under the Influence, A (2003) Interviewer
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Met actor Aaron Eckhart at BYU, who would later play leading roles in several of his films
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Received a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre in London
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Became an established playwright with such productions as "Filthy Talk for Troubled Times" and "A Gaggle of Saints"
1997:
Directed debut feature "In the Company of Men," a controversial look at male bonding in a corporate setting; first film with Aaron Eckhart
1998:
Helmed second feature (also scripted), the equally controversial look at marriage and relationships "Your Friends and Neighbors"
1999:
Made NYC debut as playwright with "Bash: Latter-Day Plays," a set of three short plays (Iphigenia in orem, A gaggle of saints, and Medea redux) featuring Calista Flockhart (made West End debut in 2007)
2000:
Helmed the black comedy "Nurse Betty" starring Renée Zellweger in the title role
2001:
London stage directing debut, "The Shape of Things"
2002:
Directed and co-wrote the screen adaptation of "Possession"; third collaboration with Aaron Eckhart
2002:
Directed Liev Schreiber in the play "The Mercy Seat"; one of the first major theatrical responses to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks
2003:
Adapted his play "The Shape of Things" into a feature film, starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz
2004:
Scripted the Off-Broadway play, "Fat Pig," about a slim male office-worker who falls for an extremely overweight librarian
2005:
Wrote the Off-Broadway play, "Some Girl(s)"
2006:
Directed Nicolas Cage in "The Wicker Man," a remake of Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer's 1973 thriller
2008:
Wrote the Off-Broadway play, "Reasons to Be Pretty" starring Piper Perabo
2008:
Helmed the feature, "Lakeview Terrace" co-starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson
2009:
Made his Broadway debut when "Reasons to Be Pretty" moved to the Lyceum Theatre; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play
2010:
Directed the Chris Rock produced black comedy, "Death at a Funeral," a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name
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Education

Central Falley High School: Spokane , Washington -
University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas -
University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas -
New York University: New York , New York -
Brigham Young University: Provo , Utah - 1985
Brigham Young University: Provo , Utah - 1991

Notes

"Everyone in a relationship has hurt someone or been hurt, usually both. Men are trying to pass off the movie as a fantasy, while women are pretty sure it's a documentary. The truth is somewhere in between." --Neil LaBute on "In the Company of Men", quoted in Details, August 1997.

"I'm not sure anything's too sacred to write about. Maybe that is a dangerous way to feel. I think writers are dangerous people. In fact, there's an inherent danger to sitting here with you right now."--Neil LaButePremiere

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wife:
Lisa LaBute. Mental health professional. Born c. 1964.

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daughter:
Lily LaBute. Born c. 1988.
son:
Spencer LaBute. Born c. 1991.

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