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Born: February 10, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Richmond, Virginia, USA Profession: screenwriter

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Writer and producer Vince Gilligan rose to prominence in the television world after penning some of the most memorable episodes of the cult science fiction series "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002). Scripts such as "Small Potatoes," which was later voted one of TV Guide's "100 Best Episodes of All Time," quickly elevated him to executive producer and creative consultant for the series, as well as for its less popular spin-off "The Lone Gunman" (Fox, 2001-02). After "The X-Files" closed up shop, it took a lot of false starts and stops before Gilligan found success on his own as the creator of "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013), a gritty drama about a terminally ill science teacher who uses his knowledge of chemistry to set up a meth lab in order to support his family. The show netted overwhelmingly positive response from audiences, as well as a 2008 Emmy for Gilligan's direction of the pilot episode. His work on the series, as well as the script for Will Smith's superhero comedy "Hancock" (2008), indicated that the scriptwriter-turned-showrunner had finally arrived, independent of the considerable shadow cast by the phenomenon that was "The X-Files."Born Feb. 10, 1967 in Richmond, VA, Gilligan earned a...

Writer and producer Vince Gilligan rose to prominence in the television world after penning some of the most memorable episodes of the cult science fiction series "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002). Scripts such as "Small Potatoes," which was later voted one of TV Guide's "100 Best Episodes of All Time," quickly elevated him to executive producer and creative consultant for the series, as well as for its less popular spin-off "The Lone Gunman" (Fox, 2001-02). After "The X-Files" closed up shop, it took a lot of false starts and stops before Gilligan found success on his own as the creator of "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013), a gritty drama about a terminally ill science teacher who uses his knowledge of chemistry to set up a meth lab in order to support his family. The show netted overwhelmingly positive response from audiences, as well as a 2008 Emmy for Gilligan's direction of the pilot episode. His work on the series, as well as the script for Will Smith's superhero comedy "Hancock" (2008), indicated that the scriptwriter-turned-showrunner had finally arrived, independent of the considerable shadow cast by the phenomenon that was "The X-Files."

Born Feb. 10, 1967 in Richmond, VA, Gilligan earned a degree in film production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His first positive notices came in 1989 when his original script for "Home Fries" won the Governor's Screenwriting Award in his home state. The picture itself, a romantic comedy, would take some nine years to make it to the screen with Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson in the leads. In 1993, Gilligan's script for "Wilder Napalm," a comedy-fantasy about pyrokinetic brothers who fall in love with the same woman, was produced in 1993 with Dennis Quaid, Debra Winger and Arliss Howard in the leads.

Gilligan's big break came two years later when he joined "The X-Files" as a creative consultant and contributing writer at the peak of the show's power in 1995. Among the 30 scripts he wrote or co-wrote for the show were such critical and fan favorites as "Small Potatoes," in which a man with the ability to change his appearance assumes Agent Fox Mulder's (David Duchovny) visage to romance his partner, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson); he also shared credit for the show's highest-rated episode, "Leonard Betts" and the emotionally affecting "Memento Mori," which launched a subplot involving Scully's bout with cancer. Gilligan became an executive producer on "The X-Files" in 1997, and signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Fox to develop new television series through "X-Files" creator Chris Carter's production company, Ten Thirteen.

To that end, he served as consulting producer on Carter's "Harsh Realm" (Fox, 1999-2000) and executive producer on "The Lone Gunmen," an "X-Files" spin-off devoted to three recurring and wacky characters who provided Mulder and Scully with information about conspiracy theories. On the latter series, Gilligan also shared creator title with fellow "X-Files" producer-writer Frank Spotnitz, as well as the omnipresent Carter. Neither program could match "The X-Files" in terms of popularity, and Gilligan would continue his producer duties with that show until it ended its network run in 2002. Immediately afterwards, Gilligan joined Spotnitz on the writing staff for Michael Mann's "Robbery Homicide Division" and later penned a episode of his partner's revised version of "Night Stalker" (ABC, 2005). Again, neither show yielded a full season's worth of episodes.

Spotnitz and Gilligan teamed again for "A.M.P.E.D." (2007), a sci-fi/action series slated for Spike TV which never got beyond the pilot phase. Gilligan then struck out on his own with "Breaking Bad," a dark drama for the basic cable network AMC, which had already found success with "Mad Men" (2007-2015). Gilligan served as the show's creator and executive producer as well as writer-director on the pilot episode. Positive response from critics and viewers was followed by four Emmy nominations and two wins, including one for Gilligan's direction for the pilot in 2008. It was also nominated as Outstanding New Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association, but lost to "Mad Men." Bryan Cranston, the show's lead, did, however, win an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama over Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," giving the show a push publicity-wise it might not have had otherwise. Gilligan's track record with television naturally led to opportunities to write feature films, and he revived his movie career in 2008 by sharing script credits for Will Smith's summer superhero flick, "Hancock." As "Breaking Bad" continued, the show's ratings and critical approbation continued to climb; the series' end in 2013 witnessed tributes unseen since the finale of "The Sopranos" (HBO 1999-2007). Gilligan followed the series with the prequel "Better Call Saul" (AMC 2015- ), which traced the early days of Walter White's shifty attorney Saul Goodman, as played by Bob Odenkirk. Gilligan also returned to network TV with the quirky police comedy-drama "Battle Creek" (CBS 2015), starring Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, and Dame Janet McTeer; the series was based on a pilot script Gilligan had written over a decade before.

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1995:
Worked as writer, creative consultant, and supervising producer on Fox's "The X-Files"; began executive producing series in 2000
1998:
Romantic comedy "Home Fries" released; Gilligan originally wrote screenplay while attending NYU
1998:
Met Bryan Cranston when he guest starred on "The X-Files" episode titled "Drive," co-written by Gilligan
2000:
Made TV directorial debut on episode of "The X-Files" titled "Je Souhaite"
2001:
Co-created "The Lone Gunmen" (Fox), a spin-off of "The X-Files"; cancelled after 13 episodes
2007:
Co-wrote and executive produced Spike TV movie "A.M.P.E.D."
2008:
With Vincent Ngo, co-wrote screenplay for superhero feature "Hancock"
2008:
Created, wrote, and executive produced acclaimed crime drama series "Breaking Bad" (AMC), starring Bryan Cranston; also directed pilot episode
2015:
Wrote "Better Call Saul," the follow up series to "Breaking Bad"
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Education

New York University's Tisch School of the Arts: New York , New York -

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