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Born: November 4, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: playwright, screenwriter, producer, actor, painter, sales clerk, short order cook, producers' assistant

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Acknowledged as one of the most promising playwrights in contemporary American theater, the openly gay Jon Robin Baitz has begun to branch out into films and television. His plays have generally been described as classically structured meditations on morality and they not only challenge and please audiences but also earn critical encomiums.

Acknowledged as one of the most promising playwrights in contemporary American theater, the openly gay Jon Robin Baitz has begun to branch out into films and television. His plays have generally been described as classically structured meditations on morality and they not only challenge and please audiences but also earn critical encomiums.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Three Hotels (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hollywood Dreams (2006)
2.
 One Fine Day (1996) Yates Jr
3.
 Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995) Jake Axelrod
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Raised in Brazil and South Africa
1978:
Returned to Los Angeles with family
1979:
Travelled throughout Europe and Israel
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Worked as producers' assistant; used experience as inspiration for play "Mizlansky/Zilansky"
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Was sales clerk at Book Soup on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles; first met Henry Jaglom who was a customer
1987:
First two-act play produced in Los Angeles, "The Film Society"
1988:
"The Film Society" produced in London and later Off-Broadway in NYC; latter staging featured Nathan Lane
1991:
TV writing and directing debut, "Three Hotels" for "American Playhouse" on PBS
1992:
Had two plays produced successfully off-Broadway, "The End of the Day" and "The Substance of Fire"
1993:
Co-scripted (with Howard A Rodman) an episode of the Showtime anthology series "Fallen Angels" entitled "The Frightening Frammis"; adapted from a story by Jim Thompson; episode marked Tom Cruise's directorial debut
1995:
Feature film acting debut, "Last Summer in the Hamptons", directed by Henry Jaglom
1996:
Garnered praise for Off-Broadway play "A Fair Country"
1996:
Feature film debut as producer and screenwriter, "The Substance of Fire" (adapted from his play)
1996:
Had small role as a business associate of Michelle Pfeiffer's in the comedy "One Fine Day"
1998:
A revision of an earlier work, "Mizlansky/Zilinsky, or 'Schmucks'" opened Off-Broadway; Nathan Lane co-starred; staged by Joe Mantello
1998:
Contributed the first act to the play "House"; Terrence McNally wrote second half; staged by Mantello at Bay Street Theater
1999:
Adapted Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"; produced at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse with Annette Bening in the lead; restaged in summer 2000 at Long Island's Bay Street Theater starring Kate Burton; later played at Boston's Huntington Theatre
2001:
"Ten Unknowns", about an aging painter and a scientist who becomes involved with him, opened Off-Broadway starring Donald Sutherland and Juliana Margulies
2002:
Wrote the screenplay for the feature film "People I Know"
2006:
Created the ABC family drama, "Brothers and Sisters"; served as producer and writer
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Education

Clifton Preparatory School: -
Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills , California - 1979

Notes

Baitz has received Rockefeller, Revson, National Endowment for the Arts and American Academy of Arts and Letters fellowships, an Oppenheimer/Newsday award and Theatre Communications Guild's Playwrights USA Award.

He received the Humanitas Prize for the PBS production of "Three Hotels".

In 1999, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Baitz is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company and the New York Stage and Theater Company

"If Arthur Miller married Noel Coward, their baby would be Robbie Baitz"--Andre Bishop, Artistic Director of NYC'c Lincoln Center Theatre

He and Mantello were among the theatrical personalities profiled in the November 1995 Architectural Digest.

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companion:
Joe Mantello. Actor; director. Met in 1989; together since November 1990.

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father:
Edward Baitz. Businessman. Worked for Carnation Company.
brother:
Jeffrey Wayne Baitz. Born on November 3, 1948.
brother:
Rick Baitz. Composer. Born on August 20, 1954.

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