Charles Shyer


Director, Screenwriter
Charles Shyer

About

Also Known As
Charles Richard Shyer
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
October 11, 1951

Biography

A screenwriter, director and producer who has had his hand in many film comedies from the late 1970s, Shyer has frequently teamed with his wife Nancy Meyers and screenwriter Alan Mandel. The son of a Directors Guild founder, Shyer got his first credit as a producer (with Mandel) of the TV pilot "Cops" (CBS, 1973), but quickly moved on to writing. He contributed episodes of "All in the Fa...

Family & Companions

Nancy Meyers
Wife
Writer, producer. Together for 19 years; married July 28, 1995 in Rome; co-wrote "Private Benjamin" (1980), co-wrote and produced "Irreconcilable Differences" (1984), "Baby Boom" (1987), "Father of the Bride" (1991), "I Love Trouble" (1994); reportedly separated in 1998.

Biography

A screenwriter, director and producer who has had his hand in many film comedies from the late 1970s, Shyer has frequently teamed with his wife Nancy Meyers and screenwriter Alan Mandel. The son of a Directors Guild founder, Shyer got his first credit as a producer (with Mandel) of the TV pilot "Cops" (CBS, 1973), but quickly moved on to writing. He contributed episodes of "All in the Family" and "The Odd Couple," among others. After penning (again with Mandel) the pilot "Lady Luck" (NBC, 1973), he moved into films with the crowd-pleasing Burt Reynolds vehicle "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977, with Mandel and James Lee Barrett). Shyer and Mandel also wrote the script for Jack Nicholson's directorial effort "Goin' South," and was one of the many who penned "House Calls" (both 1978).

Shyer (along with Harvey Miller and--for the first time--Nancy Meyers) ventured into producing with "Private Benjamin" (1980), a bubbly money-maker starring Goldie Hawn as a suburban princess who joins the army. Shyer's directorial debut, "Irreconcilable Differences" (1984), displayed what was becoming his trademark style: adult comedies revolving around everyday middle-class life and "family values," with the characters in exaggerated familial situations. In the instance of "Irreconcilable Differences" (which he also co-produced and -wrote), Drew Barrymore played a painfully precocious kid who sued her parents for divorce. Shyer's "Baby Boom" (1987, which he also co-wrote with Meyers) featured Diane Keaton playing a yuppie who, sick of the urban life, takes to the hills of Vermont with her adopted infant on her arm. The film was an enormous success and led to a TV spin-off (NBC, 1988-89). Shyer and Meyers co-produced this as well, and Shyer wrote and directed the premiere episode.

"Father of the Bride" (1991, co-produced and -written with Meyers) was a remake of the 1950 chestnut, starring Steve Martin struggling with the age-old ritual of giving away his daughter. Shyer also directed and co-wrote (with Meyers) the 1995 sequel, "Father of the Bride Part II." Shyer's next two films did not fare well with either audiences or critics: he wrote (with Meyers and five others) the screwball comedy "Once Upon a Crime" (1992). He directed and co-wrote (with Meyers) "I Love Trouble" (1994), a bit of a departure in that it was not as suburban, starring Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte as two rival reporters who fall in love while researching a political cover-up. He next adapted and updated the screenplay for Disney's "The Parent Trap" for the 1998 sequel starring Lindsay Lohan in the dual Haley Mills roles and Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson as the befuddled divorced parents for whom the twins play Cupid, with Meyers directing. Their professional collaboration worked magic again to create a modest hit, but ironically Meyers and Shyers' personal relationship ended at the same time, with the couple's separation in 1998. After an extended hiatus, Shyer then assumed the director's chair--but not the writing chores--for "The Affair of the Necklace" (2001), a film set in pre-Revolutionary France in which a young aristocratic woman (Hilary Swank) left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace. The tale of intrigue failed to prove intriguing to filmgoers, however, providing Shyer with a rare flop. Shyer then returned to the remake well that had served him famously in the 1990s, adapting the 1966 British cult classic "Alfie" with Jude Law in the womanizing role made famous by Michael Caine.

Life Events

1973

TV producing debut, "Cops"

1973

TV writing debut, "Lady Luck"

1977

Feature screenwriting debut, "Smokey and the Bandit"

1980

Feature producing debut (also co-scripted), "Private Benjamin"

1984

Feature directorial debut (also co-scripted), "Irreconciable Differences"

1988

Helmed the premiere episode of the shortlived spin-off of his feature, "Baby Boom"

1991

Helmed "Father of the Bride", a family comedy that starred Steve Martin and Diane Keaton

1992

Co-wrote the feature "Once Upon a Crime"

1995

Directed the sequel "Father of the Bride Part II"

1998

Co-wrote and Produced the family feature "The Parent Trap"

2001

Directed "The Affair of the Necklace"

2004

Helmed the remake of "Alfie" starring Jude Law; also produced and penned the script

Videos

Movie Clip

Father Of The Bride (1991) - What's The Big Deal? The well-to-do Banks family settling in for their first dinner after Annie (Kimberly Williams) has returned home from her semester studying architecture in Rome, Steve Martin as dad George, Diane Keaton as mom Nina, Kieran Culkin the little brother, in the 1991 remake, Father Of The Bride.
Father Of The Bride (1991) - This Blessed Event Steve Martin is the title character, with the same last name and a similar address-to-camera, though not exactly the same speech as Spencer Tracy’s in the original (1951), in the successful 1991 remake, with Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams and Martin Short, opening Father Of The Bride.
Father Of The Bride (1991) - Seventh Door On The Left George and Nina (Steve Martin, who continues his occasional narration, and Diane Keaton), themselves successful business owners, meet their even wealthier in-laws to be (Peter Michael Goetz, Kate McGregor-Stewart) at their Bel-Air mansion, in the remake Father Of The Bride, 1991.
Father Of The Bride (1991) - We Select A Cake First George, Nina and bride Annie (Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams) visit the Beverly Hills shop of wedding planner Franck (Martin’s pal Martin Short), complete with funny accent and an assistant (B.D. Wong) with an unlikely name, in the hit remake Father Of The Bride, 1991.
Protocol (1984) - The Would-Be Assassin Washington D.C. cocktail waitress Sunny (Goldie Hawn) after work joins a gang ogling dignitaries, (Richard Romans as the Emir) and winds up in the hospital, early in director Herbert Ross’ Protocol, 1984, written by Buck Henry, co-starring Chris Sarandon.
Protocol (1984) - National Heroine Presidential aides Cliff DeYoung and Ed Begley Jr. among the riveted viewers as Washington D.C. cocktail waitress Sunny (Goldie Hawn, also executive producer), who accidentally took a bullet intended for a visiting dignitary, dazzles the press, Chris Sarandon as her minder, in Protocol, 1984.
Smokey And The Bandit (1977) - I Love Your Suits It's been established that Big and Little Enos (Pat McCormick, Paul Williams) like to challenge truckers to make a reckless beer run, so they seek out "The Bandit" (Burt Reynolds, his first scene) at a Georgia truck rodeo, early in Smokey And The Bandit, 1977.
Smokey And The Bandit (1977) - We Ain't Never Not Made It Bandit (Burt Reynolds) has already persuaded Cledus (Jerry Reed) to undertake the daredevil beer run from Georgia to Texarkana and back, so this is mostly fluff, plus the introduction of the Trans Am, in Smokey And The Bandit, 1977.
Smokey And The Bandit (1977) - Think Of It As A Wedding Posse Having picked up the load of Coors and departed Texarkana, Cledus (Jerry Reed) in the truck and Smokey (Burt Reynolds) in the Trans Am now pause to pick up the runaway bride, Sally Field as "Carrie," in Smokey And The Bandit, 1977.
Smokey And The Bandit (1977) - Complete Lack Of Respect Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and fugitive bride Carrie (Sally Field) getting to know each other, while Cledus (Jerry Reed), running the beer, is really starting to bother pursuing Texas sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), provoking his famous line, in Smokey And The Bandit, 1977.

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Family

Melville Shyer
Father
One of the founders of Directors Guild of America.
Lois Shyer
Mother
Annie Meyers-Shyer
Daughter
Born on July 12, 1980.
Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Daughter
Born on July 26, 1987.

Companions

Nancy Meyers
Wife
Writer, producer. Together for 19 years; married July 28, 1995 in Rome; co-wrote "Private Benjamin" (1980), co-wrote and produced "Irreconcilable Differences" (1984), "Baby Boom" (1987), "Father of the Bride" (1991), "I Love Trouble" (1994); reportedly separated in 1998.

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