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Howard Deutch (born September 14, 1950) is an American film and television director who worked in collaboration with filmmaker John Hughes, directing two of Hughes's best-known screenplays, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful. Since 2011, he has primarily directed television productions, including multiple episodes of Getting On and True Blood.

Howard Deutch
Howard Roy Deutch

(1950-09-14) September 14, 1950 (age 68)
OccupationFilm director, television director
Years active1986–present
Lea Thompson (m. 1989)
ChildrenZoey and Madelyn Deutch


Life and careerEdit

Deutch was born in New York City, New York. His parents are Pamela (née Wolkowitz) and Murray Deutch, a music executive and publisher.[1][2] His uncle is actor Robert Walden (who is his mother's brother). Deutch was raised in a Jewish family.[3] He graduated from George W. Hewlett High School and attended The Ohio State University.[4] He began his career in the advertising department of United Artists Records, where his father was company president.[5] Deutch directed music videos for performers such as Billy Idol ("Flesh for Fantasy") and Billy Joel ("Keeping the Faith").[5] Deutch's feature-length directorial debut was the John Hughes-penned Brat Pack film Pretty in Pink. His next two directorial efforts were also written by Hughes: Some Kind of Wonderful and The Great Outdoors.

Deutch met his wife, actress Lea Thompson, during the filming of Some Kind of Wonderful; she was also featured in Article 99, his first feature venture without Hughes.[5] They have two daughters, Madelyn and Zoey Deutch, both of whom are actresses.

Deutch has directed three sequels to films he did not direct: Grumpier Old Men, The Odd Couple II, and The Whole Ten Yards. During a hiatus from features, he directed episodic television, including two installments of Tales from the Crypt and the pilot episode of Melrose Place.

Deutch directed his wife in four episodes of Caroline in the City, and his daughter Zoey in one episode of Ringer.[5]

Deutch teaches the Saturday advanced acting & directing class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.[6]


  • Nominated for DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television in 2003 for Gleason (2002)[7][8]
  • Earned a CableACE Award for his direction of an episode of the HBO series Tales From the Crypt entitled Dead Right.[8]




  1. ^ Morris, Christopher (24 October 2010). "Music publisher Murray Deutch dies". Variety. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Howard Deutch Biography". Film Reference. 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ Bobbin, Jay (29 November 2003). "Lea Thompson Gets In Holiday Spirit On Usa". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  4. ^ Howard Deutch, NNDB
  5. ^ a b c d "Howard Deutch Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  6. ^ Barton, Allen. "Howie Deutch". Beverly Hills Playhouse. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  7. ^ "Howard Deutch pic, poster, close-up pics & event picture". Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-08-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ a b Howard Deutch

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