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Also Known As: Chris Mcquarrie Died:
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Birth Place: Princeton, New Jersey, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, actor, law firm employee, detective agency guard/investigator

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As the childhood friend and frequent collaborator of director Brian Singer, screenwriter and sometime helmer Christopher McQuarrie was catapulted to the upper echelons of the screenwriting world after winning the Oscar for the widely hailed noir thriller "The Usual Suspects" (1995). In breaking all the rules for screenwriting - mainly because he was unaware of them - McQuarrie redefined the crime-noir genre and became one of the most sought-after writers in the business. But such blessings came with a price after he was given the chance to direct his first feature, "The Way of the Gun" (2000), a graphic thriller that polarized audiences and critics on its way to becoming a box office failure. For the next seven plus years, McQuarrie was trapped in development hell on a number of movies that never made it to production, frustrating him to the point of wanting to quit the business altogether. But Singer managed to pull his old friend back in by directing McQuarrie's spec script for "Valkyrie" (2008), a World War II thriller about a Nazi plot to assassinate Hitler. From there, he wrote the scripts for two more critically derided films, "Killshot" (2009) and "The Tourist" (2010), but managed to earn...

As the childhood friend and frequent collaborator of director Brian Singer, screenwriter and sometime helmer Christopher McQuarrie was catapulted to the upper echelons of the screenwriting world after winning the Oscar for the widely hailed noir thriller "The Usual Suspects" (1995). In breaking all the rules for screenwriting - mainly because he was unaware of them - McQuarrie redefined the crime-noir genre and became one of the most sought-after writers in the business. But such blessings came with a price after he was given the chance to direct his first feature, "The Way of the Gun" (2000), a graphic thriller that polarized audiences and critics on its way to becoming a box office failure. For the next seven plus years, McQuarrie was trapped in development hell on a number of movies that never made it to production, frustrating him to the point of wanting to quit the business altogether. But Singer managed to pull his old friend back in by directing McQuarrie's spec script for "Valkyrie" (2008), a World War II thriller about a Nazi plot to assassinate Hitler. From there, he wrote the scripts for two more critically derided films, "Killshot" (2009) and "The Tourist" (2010), but managed to earn praise for writing and directing the highly anticipated adaptation of "Jack Reacher" (2012). Whether behind the camera or the keyboard, McQuarrie's gift for telling unique stories and redefining genre tropes remained the one constant in his otherwise turbulent career.

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  Way of the Gun, The (2000) Director

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Born and raised in New Jersey
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Moved to Western Australia after high school graduation
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Returned to U.S.; found work at a detective agency
1993:
First produced screenplay, "Public Access"; film directed by Bryan Singer
1994:
Reteamed with Singer on labyrinthine crime thriller "The Usual Suspects"; won Oscar for screenplay; first collaboration with actor Benicio Del Toro
1997:
Collaborated with Kevin Pollak as excutive producer and writer of unsold pilot "The Underworld"
2000:
Reteamed with Singer again, doing uncredited work on big-budget flick "X-Men," based on the Marvel Comic
2000:
Made directorial debut with "The Way of the Gun," a thriller starring Del Toro and James Caan; also scripted
2008:
Returned to feature writing with script for "Valkyrie," directed by Bryan Singer and starring Tom Cruise
2010:
Created NBC drama thriller series "Persons Unknown"
2010:
Co-wrote screenplay of "The Tourist," starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie
2012:
Directed second feature film "Jack Reacher," starring Cruise; also scripted based on Lee Child's book <i>One Shot</i>
2013:
Co-wrote screenplay of action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer," directed by Bryan Singer
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Education

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional High School South: Plainsboro , New Jersey -

Notes

"You do not need schooling to learn how to write. Watch great films. Figure out how they work, what they did. Then spend your whole life trying NOT to make the same films over again." --McQuarrie to DiAnne Olson Wosep in a cyberspace interview.

"The best way I can describe the process with Bryan [Singer] is that he is directing the film from the time it is being written, I do a draft, run it by Bryan, do another draft, run it by Bryan. WE FIGHT LIKE ANIMALS. Each of us is intense in our convictions. However, we also have honed the skill any filmmaker needs: 'The Power to be Reasonable'. Concession is the key to any collaboration. If you need it done your way, do it yourself." --McQuarrie to Wosep.

"Chris doesn't feel the need to govern himself and the result is writing that's electrifying and truthful." --Bryan Singer as quoted in production notes for "The Usual Suspects".

"I think Chris would have been at home writing his machine-gun dialogue in the Hollywood of the 40s and 50s." --Producer Robert Jones as quoted in the production notes of "The Usual Suspects".

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wife:
Heather McNeely McQuarrie. Costume designer.

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