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Birth Place: Longview, Texas, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, production coordinator, assistant director, location scout, freelance writer

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Texas native John Lee Hancock left the practice of law after four years to pursue a different career path, his work in film evolving from his participation in theater. A former member of the Fountainhead Theater Company in Los Angeles, he founded, along with Brandon Lee, Bill Allen and George Davis, the Legal Aliens Theater (also in L.A.), and wrote and directed the plays "Fullfed Beast", "Riff For Emily" and "Ten to Midnight". As part of his movie apprenticeship he served as a location scout, production coordinator and assistant director before making his feature debut as director and screenwriter of "Vaya Con Dios" (1991). Hancock's breakthrough as a major player came when he scripted Clint Eastwood's "A Perfect World" (1993), and he reteamed with Eastwood for the screen version of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997), adapting the best-selling book by John Berendt.

Texas native John Lee Hancock left the practice of law after four years to pursue a different career path, his work in film evolving from his participation in theater. A former member of the Fountainhead Theater Company in Los Angeles, he founded, along with Brandon Lee, Bill Allen and George Davis, the Legal Aliens Theater (also in L.A.), and wrote and directed the plays "Fullfed Beast", "Riff For Emily" and "Ten to Midnight". As part of his movie apprenticeship he served as a location scout, production coordinator and assistant director before making his feature debut as director and screenwriter of "Vaya Con Dios" (1991). Hancock's breakthrough as a major player came when he scripted Clint Eastwood's "A Perfect World" (1993), and he reteamed with Eastwood for the screen version of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997), adapting the best-selling book by John Berendt.

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  Alamo, The (2004) Director
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  Rookie, The (2002) Director
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  Vaya Con Dios (1991) Director

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Grew up in Texas
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Worked as a lawyer for four years prior to making his decision to embark on a film career
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Served as production coordinator, location scout and assistant director
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Worked as freelance writer for the <i>European Press Association</i> and <i>Alpha Press</i>
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Member of the Fountainhead Theater Company in Los Angeles
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Founded the Los Angeles based, Legal Aliens Theatre Company, along with Brandon Lee, Bill Allen and George Davis
1991:
Feature film directing and screenwriting debut, "Vaya Con Dios" (also known by "Hard Time Romance")
1993:
First collaboration with director Clint Eastwood, the screenplay for "A Perfect World"
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Re-teamed with Eastwood to write the screen adaptation of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
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Created and wrote the pilot for the CBS drama series "L.A. Doctors"
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Produced the family film "My Dog Skip"
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Directed Dennis Quaid in "The Rookie"
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Wrote and directed the American war film "The Alamo"
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Wrote and directed "The Blind Side," based on the 2006 book by Michael Lewis
2012:
Co-wrote screenplay for "Snow White and the Huntsman"
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Education

Baylor University: Waco , Texas -
Baylor University: Waco , Texas -

Notes

"John is one of the unsung heroes. He took a story with a multitude of characters and streamlined and condensed it. But at the same time the quality that John was able to enhance, and Clint [Eastwood] as the director embraced, is the level of ambiguity in terms of what really did happen the night of the incident. The audience sees three different versions, but only as flashbacks and from certain points of view. So at the end of the film when John Cusack's character asks 'what really did happen that night?', it's more of a real question than a rhetorical one." --Kevin Spacey, praising Hancock's adaptation of the John Berendt book in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" press kit

"A beautiful black cat that no one claims to own has been hanging around the set since we arrived at Mercer House. Though thin he doesn't seem hungry, thirsty or in any special need of human compassion. The only people he likes are Kevin [and only when he's in wardrobe as Jim Williams] and Jim's nieces, Amanda and Susan.

"Thus we have decided, Amanda, Susan and myself, that the cat is actually Jim returning home to oversee the shoot. In fact we have to keep all the doors to the house closed lest the cat [as it has on several occasions] enter, head for the drawing room and lounge in Jim's favorite chair. I'm not a real supernatural groupie, but I'll surely convert when the cat starts drinking vodka tonics and smoking Tiparillos ...

"A week or so after the wrap I started to go through and catalogue video interviews with the real Savannahians in the story ... there was some footage of the aforementioned black cat, lying lazily on the sidewalk beside Mercer House, his chin up as a soft breeze washed over his face.

"It seems the video cameraman, while loading up his gear, saw the cat and found its regal pose interesting in relation to the mansion. When I ask the cameraman, who knew nothing of the cat's purported former life, about the footage he told me, 'He [the cat] looked at me like I was trespassing. Like he owned the place or something.'

"Indeed." --John Lee Hancock, from his diary kept for the Los Angeles Times (November 16, 1997) about the shooting of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

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wife:
Molly Hancock.

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