Edward M. Zwick (born October 8, 1952) is an American filmmaker, director and Academy Award-winning film and television producer. He has worked primarily in the comedy-drama and epic historical film genres, including About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, and The Last Samurai.
Zwick at the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Japan premiere red carpet in November 2016
Edward M. Zwick
October 8, 1952
|Alma mater||Harvard University, A.B. 1974|
AFI Conservatory, MFA 1975
|Occupation||Director, producer, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Lynn Liberty Godshall (since 1982)|
Early life and educationEdit
Zwick was born into a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth Ellen (née Reich) and Allen Zwick. He attended New Trier High School, received an A.B. at Harvard in 1974, and attended the AFI Conservatory, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975.
His films include Glory (1989), Legends of the Fall (1994), The Siege (1998), The Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006), and Defiance (2008). Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a film production company called The Bedford Falls Company (inspired by the name of the town featured in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life). This company has produced such notable films as Traffic and Shakespeare in Love and the TV shows thirtysomething, Relativity, Once and Again, and My So-Called Life.
Despite sharing a surname and profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick.
|1986||About Last Night...||Yes||No||No||Directorial Debut|
|1989||Glory||Yes||No||No||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Director|
|1994||Legends of the Fall||Yes||Yes||No||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Director|
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Yes||No||No|
|2003||The Last Samurai||Yes||Yes||Yes||Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Director|
|2010||Love & Other Drugs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2016||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||Yes||No||Yes|
|The Great Wall||No||No||Story|
|2018||Trial by Fire||Yes||Yes||No|
|Shakespeare in Love||Academy Award for Best Picture|
BAFTA Award for Best Film
|2000||Traffic||Nominated - Academy Award for Best Picture|
|2001||I Am Sam|
|Lone Star State of Mind||Executive producer|
|2014||Boys of Abu Ghraib|
|2016||The Birth of a Nation||Executive producer|
|2017||Woman Walks Ahead|
|1979-1980||Family||Yes||Yes||No||1 episode (directed);|
5 episodes (written)
|1983||Special Bulletin||Yes||Yes||Yes||TV movie|
3 episodes (directed);
8 episodes (written)
|1990||Extreme Close-Up||No||Story||executive||TV movie|
|1999-2002||Once and Again||Yes||Yes||executive||Co-creator;|
3 episodes (directed);
4 episodes (written)
2 episodes (written)
|2009||A Marriage||No||Yes||executive||TV movie|
|2016–2018||Nashville||No||Yes||executive||1 episode (written)|
Executive producer only
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Episode "Sawdust"|
|1994-1995||My So-Called Life|
|2000||The Only Living Boy in New York||TV movie|
|2002||Women vs. Men|
|1997||The Player||TV movie|
|2000-2002||Once and Again||Dr. Daniel Rosenfeld||Uncredited;|
|2002||Women vs. Men||Moderator||TV movie|
Awards received by Zwick moviesEdit
|Year||Film||Academy Awards||BAFTA Awards||Golden Globe Awards|
|1994||Legends of the Fall||3||1||4|
|2003||The Last Samurai||4||3|
|2010||Love & Other Drugs||2|
- Edward Zwick Biography (1952–). FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
- Sachs, Micah. "An Interview with Filmmaker Edward Zwick". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- Rosen, Steven (December 7, 2006). "Director Zwick excavates the bloody price of 'Diamonds'". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- Cox, David (January 13, 2009). "In Defiance of Jewish passivity". The Guardian. Retrieved June 4, 2018.