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Grant Heslov (born May 15, 1963) is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter and director, known for his producing and writing collaborations with George Clooney, which have earned him three Academy Award nominations. As a co-producer of Argo (2012), he received the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013. As an actor, he has appeared in films including True Lies (1994), Black Sheep (1996), Enemy of the State (1998) and The Scorpion King (2002), as well as performing supporting roles in several films made with Clooney.
Heslov at the 2009 Toronto International Film festival for the premier of The Men Who Stare at Goats
May 15, 1963 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, screenwriter, director|
Heslov was born in Los Angeles, and was raised in its Palos Verdes area. His father, Arthur, was a dentist and his mother, Kerrie (née Rosen), a businesswoman. He has two older brothers, Steven and Michael. His family is Jewish. He attended Palos Verdes High School, the University of Southern California (USC) along with friend (and future actor) Tate Donovan. He is a member of Phi Kappa Psi.
Heslov is married to Lysa Hayland-Heslov, a producer.
Heslov's acting credits include the films True Lies, Dante's Peak, Enemy of the State, The Scorpion King, Good Night and Good Luck, Congo, Black Sheep, and Catch Me If You Can. He has also appeared in such TV series as Happy Days, Family Ties, Mama's Family, L.A. Law, Matlock, Sleeper Cell and The X-Files.
In August 2006, Heslov and George Clooney started Smokehouse Pictures and began writing screenplays for production. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (with Clooney) and as producer for Best Film for Good Night, and Good Luck. Heslov also appears in the film as Don Hewitt, the director of the TV series See It Now, around which the movie is centered. He directed a screen adaptation of The Men Who Stare At Goats, starring Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey and co-produced The American starring Clooney in 2012. He also worked on 2011's The Ides of March. In June 2012, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Heslov, alongside Clooney and Ben Affleck, won for the Best Picture Oscar for the 2012 film Argo. The three men also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and the BAFTA Award for Best Film.
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