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Also Known As: Douglas Liman Died:
Born: July 24, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, , USA Profession: director of photography, director

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A neophyte director who scored a hit with his first released feature, "Swingers" (1996), Doug Liman emerged as a true auteur who balanced a high-energy visual style with richly drawn characters. With "Swingers," a low-budget indie hit made for $250,000 that managed to redefine the cultural zeitgeist, Liman parlayed that film's popularity into a fruitful career as a top-shelf Hollywood director and executive producer. No less successful was his sophomore effort, "Go" (1999), which solidified his reputation as a go-to director for character-driven, youth-oriented films. But he vaulted into the mainstream limelight with his next film, "The Bourne Identity" (2001), a high-octane espionage thriller that was equal parts action and character, all the while helping to redefine the spy film. While serving as the executive producer on the ensuing films in the "Bourne" franchise, Liman had his biggest box office hit to date, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (2005), a huge commercial hit that was partly driven by stars Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie engaging in a tabloid-friendly affair during and after production. He took a step back with the critically-maligned "Jumper" (2009), while also venturing into television as both a...

A neophyte director who scored a hit with his first released feature, "Swingers" (1996), Doug Liman emerged as a true auteur who balanced a high-energy visual style with richly drawn characters. With "Swingers," a low-budget indie hit made for $250,000 that managed to redefine the cultural zeitgeist, Liman parlayed that film's popularity into a fruitful career as a top-shelf Hollywood director and executive producer. No less successful was his sophomore effort, "Go" (1999), which solidified his reputation as a go-to director for character-driven, youth-oriented films. But he vaulted into the mainstream limelight with his next film, "The Bourne Identity" (2001), a high-octane espionage thriller that was equal parts action and character, all the while helping to redefine the spy film. While serving as the executive producer on the ensuing films in the "Bourne" franchise, Liman had his biggest box office hit to date, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (2005), a huge commercial hit that was partly driven by stars Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie engaging in a tabloid-friendly affair during and after production. He took a step back with the critically-maligned "Jumper" (2009), while also venturing into television as both a director and producer on shows like "The O.C." (Fox, 2003-07) and "Covert Affairs" (USA Network, 2010-14), which only added to Liman's already impressive résumé.

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  Gambit (2019)
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  Wall, The (2017)
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  Fair Game (2010)
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  Jumper (2008)
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  Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) Director
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  Bourne Identity, The (2002) Director
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  Go (1999) Director

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1999:
Helmed second feature "Go"; also served as director of photography; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
2001:
Produced the indie film "See Jane Run" starring Clea DuVall and Kevin Corrigan
2003:
Directed the pilot episode of "The O.C." (Fox)
2005:
Directed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the dark comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"
2008:
Returned to directing with "Jumper" starring Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson
2010:
Directed "Fair Game," which is based on the true story of former CIA officer Valerie Plame (played by Naomi Watts)
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
International Center of Photography: New York , New York -
Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1988

Notes

With two friends from Brown University (David Bartis and Liz Hamburg), Liman started the Web site NibbleBox (www.nibblebox.com).

"I think teens are really smart. 'Go' will show you don't have to spoon-feed them garbage and that they can choose to see an original movie." --Doug Liman quoted in Entertainment Weekly, April 23, 1999.

"I think there is also a tendency for people who make independent films, they want to make cool movies. This is probably, in terms of psychiatry, the single most likely explanation for that--independent filmmakers want to make cool movies. And part of making a cool movie is to make these dark, edgy, sort of unlikable characters. I don't want to make 'cool' movies, I want to make sweet, uplifting films. To me those are the cool movies, the movies trying not to be cool." --Doug Liman quoted as part of March 1999's Independent Feature Project interview

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father:
Arthur L Liman. Attorney. Noted as chief counsel to the Senate during the Iran-contra hearings in the 1980s; born on November 5, 1932; died on July 17, 1997 of bladder cancer.
mother:
Ellen Fogelson. Writer and painter.
sister:
Emily Liman. Neurobiologist.
brother:
Lewis Liman. Lawyer. Born in 1960; works as prosecuting attorney for New York Federal District Court.
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