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Also Known As: Anthony Joseph Gilroy Died:
Born: September 11, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter

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After spending much of his early career writing scripts for films that were never produced, writer-director Tony Gilroy emerged as the go-to screenwriter for intelligent and richly drawn thrillers that often featured isolated heroes nearing the end of their limitations. Though he broke through with the ice-skating romantic comedy, "The Cutting Edge" (1992), Gilroy penned well-known thrillers like "Dolores Claiborne" (1995), "Extreme Measures" (1996) and "The Devil's Advocate" (1997), which helped pave the way for a lucrative side career as a noted script doctor. But it was his adaptation of Robert Ludlum's dense spy thriller, "The Bourne Identity" (2002) that propelled him into the upper echelon of Hollywood scribes. The massive critical and financial success of that film, as well as the sequels "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) and "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), redefined the spy thriller genre while making Gilroy a highly-sought writer. He parlayed the success of that franchise into a new career as a director, starting with the excellent legal thriller "Michael Clayton" (2007), which earned a large helping of critical adulation while drawing upon the stark, character driven films of the 1970s. He...

After spending much of his early career writing scripts for films that were never produced, writer-director Tony Gilroy emerged as the go-to screenwriter for intelligent and richly drawn thrillers that often featured isolated heroes nearing the end of their limitations. Though he broke through with the ice-skating romantic comedy, "The Cutting Edge" (1992), Gilroy penned well-known thrillers like "Dolores Claiborne" (1995), "Extreme Measures" (1996) and "The Devil's Advocate" (1997), which helped pave the way for a lucrative side career as a noted script doctor. But it was his adaptation of Robert Ludlum's dense spy thriller, "The Bourne Identity" (2002) that propelled him into the upper echelon of Hollywood scribes. The massive critical and financial success of that film, as well as the sequels "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) and "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), redefined the spy thriller genre while making Gilroy a highly-sought writer. He parlayed the success of that franchise into a new career as a director, starting with the excellent legal thriller "Michael Clayton" (2007), which earned a large helping of critical adulation while drawing upon the stark, character driven films of the 1970s. He moved on to direct the engaging romantic thriller "Duplicity" (2009) while penning "State of Play" (2009) and the remake of "Red Dawn" (2010), which only further added to Gilroy's already considerable stature within Hollywood.

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Sold first unproduced script at age 30
1992:
Wrote first produced screenplay, "The Cutting Edge"
1995:
Penned the Stephen King adaptation, "Dolores Claiborne"
1996:
Wrote the screenplay for "Extreme Measures"; first collaboration with director Taylor Hackford
1997:
Penned the Hackford-directed film, "The Devil's Advocate"
1998:
Wrote Michael Bay's blockbuster film, "Armageddon"
2000:
Re-teamed with Hackford for the hostage drama, "Proof of Life"
2002:
Adapted Robert Ludlum's spy novel for the big screen, "The Bourne Identity"
2004:
Penned the second feature adaptation, "The Bourne Supremacy"
2007:
Wrote the third film in the spy film trilogy, "The Bourne Ultimatum"
2007:
Made feature directing debut with "Michael Clayton," starring George Clooney; also wrote screenplay; earned Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay
2009:
Directed "Duplicity," starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts as two corporate spies; also wrote screenplay
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