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John Hamburg (born May 26, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director and producer.

John Hamburg
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Hamburg in 2010
Born (1970-05-26) May 26, 1970 (age 49)
Manhattan, New York City, US
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer
Spouse(s)Christina Kirk (m. 2005)


Personal lifeEdit

Hamburg was born to a Jewish family[1] in Manhattan, the son of New York City radio personality Joan Hamburg and Morton I. Hamburg.[2] He graduated from Brown University in 1992 with a degree in history. He then attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.[3]

Hamburg is married to actress Christina Kirk.[2]


After screening his 1996 short film Tick at the Sundance Film Festival, Hamburg wrote and directed the 1998 film Safe Men. Hamburg then found greater success co-writing Meet the Parents and Zoolander, and returned to the director's chair with Along Came Polly, which he also wrote. He also co-wrote the sequel Meet the Fockers. In 2009, Hamburg wrote and directed the hit comedy I Love You, Man. He wrote the second sequel to Meet the Parents, entitled Little Fockers.[2]

In 2016, Hamburg co-wrote the sequel Zoolander 2, which grossed $56 million at the box office compared to a $50 million budget,[4] and directed and co-wrote the comedy Why Him? for 20th Century Fox.[5]



Year Title Contribution Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
1996 Rick Yes No No No Short film
1998 Safe Men Yes No Yes Yes Philip Feature film
2003 Duplex No No No Yes Mr. Friedman Feature film
2004 Along Came Polly Yes No Yes No Feature film
2009 I Love You, Man Yes Yes Yes No Feature film
2010 Little Fockers No Yes Yes No Feature film
Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
2015 Drunk Wedding No Yes No No Feature film; Executive Producer
2016 Why Him? Yes Yes Yes No Feature film; Executive Producer


Year Title Contribution Notes
Director Producer
2001-2003 Undeclared Yes No Director of 3 episodes
2005 Stella Yes No Director of 2 episodes
2008 Welcome to the Captain Yes Yes Director of 3 episodes
Executive Producer of 5 episodes
2011 New Girl Yes No Director of Episode: "Cece Crashes"
2015 The Grinder Yes No Director of Episode: "Little Mitchard No More"
2015 Good Session Yes Yes Television Movie; Executive Producer


  1. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi. "Meet the "Parents" of Little Fockers". Jewish Journal.
  2. ^ a b c "Christina Kirk, John Hamburg". The New York Times. September 25, 2005. p. 23. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "John Hamburg Director Bio".
  4. ^ "Zoolander 2". IMDb.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 18, 2014). "John Hamburg Launches Production Company, Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 26, 2015.

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