David Dobkin (director)

David Dobkin (born c. 1969/1970)[1] is an American director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Clay Pigeons, Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, The Judge, and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

David Dobkin
Bornc. 1969/1970 (age 50–51)
Notable worksShanghai Knights
Wedding Crashers
The Judge
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Years active1992–present

Early lifeEdit

Dobkin was raised in Washington, D.C., where he attended Lafayette Elementary School, [1] and later was raised in the suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, where he attended Walt Whitman High School.[2]


Dobkin made his music-video debut with a video clips for rapper Tupac Shakur.[2] Fifteen more videos followed for such music groups as Extreme, Robin Zander, Sonic Youth, dada, Blues Traveler, and others.[citation needed] Dobkin's music-video credits include George Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," Elton John's "You Can Make History", and Coolio's "1, 2, 3, 4". Dobkin also collaborated with band Maroon 5 in their music videos "Sugar", "Don't Wanna Know", "Memories", "Nobody's Love" and "Girls Like You"[citation needed] and an upcoming documentary film, which will be released in 2021.[3]

After shooting television commercials,[2] Dobkin broke into feature films with Clay Pigeons, for Scott Free, the first film produced at Ridley and Tony Scott's production company that they did not direct. The black comedy about a series of small-town murders starred Vince Vaughn, Joaquin Phoenix and Janeane Garofalo, and was distributed by Gramercy Pictures. Dobkin next directed the comedies Shanghai Knights (2003), starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, and Wedding Crashers (2005), with Wilson and Vaughn.[4]

Through his production company Big Kid Pictures,[4] Dobkin both produced and directed Fred Claus (2007), starring Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, and The Change-Up (2011), starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.[4] He co-wrote and was an executive producer of the film adaption of Dark Horse Comics' R.I.P.D. (2013),[5] Dobkin directed 2014's The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.[6]



Title Year Director Producer Writer Notes
52nd St. Serenade 1992 Yes No No Short film
Ice Cream Man 1995 No No Yes
Clay Pigeons 1998 Yes No No Directorial debut
Shanghai Knights 2003 Yes No No
Wedding Crashers 2005 Yes No No
Fred Claus 2007 Yes Yes No
The Change-Up 2011 Yes Yes No
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 No Yes Story
R.I.P.D. 2013 No Executive Story
The Judge 2014 Yes Yes Story
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017 No Executive Story
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga 2020 Yes No No
Untitled Maroon 5 documentary film[3] 2021 Yes No No Post-production
As executive producer
As producer
  • Mr. Woodcock (2007)
  • Vacation (2015)
  • As himself
  • Lennon or McCartney (2014)[7]
  • Here's to Life: The Story of the Refreshments (2017)
  • TelevisionEdit

    Title Year(s) Director Executive
    Love Street 1995 Yes No Episode: "Freudian Slip"
    2005 MTV Movie Awards 2005 Yes No Segment: "Crashers"
    Friends with Benefits 2011 Yes Yes Director (episode "Pilot") / Producer (13 episodes)
    The Gabriels 2013 No Yes Television film
    Into the Badlands 2015–2019 Yes Yes Director (3 episodes) / Executive Producer (32 episodes)
    Iron Fist 2018 Yes Yes Episode: "The Fury of Iron Fist"
    Sugar 2018 Yes Yes Director (2 episodes) / Executive Producer (8 episodes)
    Green Eggs and Ham 2019–present No Yes 13 episodes (also directing consultant)
    Resident Alien 2021 Yes Yes Director / Executive Producer

    Music videosEdit

    Title Year Artist(s) Notes Ref.
    "Keep Ya Head Up" 1993 Tupac featuring Dave Hollister
    "I Get Around" 1993 Tupac featuring Shock G and Money-B
    "Defense & Desire" 1993 Blues Traveler
    "All I Am" 1994 Dada
    "Hip Today" 1995 Extreme
    "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" 1995 John Lee Hooker
    "You Can Make History (Young Again)" 1996 Elton John
    "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" 1996 Coolio
    "Just the Two of Us" 1996 Toshinobu Kubota featuring Caron Wheeler
    "Banditos" 1996 The Refreshments
    "Sugar" 2015 Maroon 5
    "Don't Wanna Know" 2016
    "Girls Like You" 2018 Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions [8][9][10]
    "Memories" 2019 Maroon 5 [11]
    "Nobody's Love" 2020 [12]


    Dobkin has directed commercials for clients such as ESPN, Heineken (which earned him honors from SHOOT magazine), Carl's Jr., Coke, Honda, Coors Light and Sony PlayStation (which won a Bronze Lion at Cannes). His spots for the Utah Symphony were named "Spot of the Month" by Adweek Magazine and featured as the year's best in Communication Arts Magazine.[13]


    1. ^ a b Frey, Jennifer (May 16, 2004). "A Filmmaker's D.C. Close-Up". Archived from the original on April 13, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2020. ...he's 34 years old now...
    2. ^ a b c Lytal, Cristy (November 8, 2007). "It's more than talk with David Dobkin". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 16, 2020. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
    3. ^ a b Dresdale, Andrea; Nathanson, Jason (June 24, 2020). "Upcoming Maroon 5 doc will show 'how unique they actually are,' says director David Dobkin". ABC News Radio. Archived from the original on June 25, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
    4. ^ a b c "David Dobkin: Principal, Big Kid Pictures". Variety. Archived from the original on June 16, 2020. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
    5. ^ McCarthy, Todd (July 19, 2013). "R.I.P.D.: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
    6. ^ "Robert Downey Jr. in Shelburne Falls for 'The Judge' filming". Boston.com. June 3, 2013. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
    7. ^ Falkner, Scott (December 22, 2014). "Lennon or McCartney? New Documentary Asks 550 Celebrities Their Preference — See Their Answers". Inquisitr. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
    8. ^ Amatulli, Jenna. "Maroon 5, Cardi B's 'Girls Like You' Video Is A Star-Studded Dance Party". HuffPost. Archived from the original on May 31, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
    9. ^ Glicksman, Josh. "Maroon 5 Releases New Version of 'Girls Like You' Music Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
    10. ^ "Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (Vertical Video) featuring Cardi B". Spotify. Archived from the original on December 19, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
    11. ^ Dresdale, Andrea (October 8, 2019). "Watch a shirtless Adam Levine mourn in Maroon 5's new "Memories" video". ABC News Radio. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
    12. ^ Armstrong, Sam. "Maroon 5 Share Summery New Single "Nobody's Love"". UDiscoverMusic. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
    13. ^ David Dobkin bio – Tribute.ca

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