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Michael Stephen Lehmann (born March 30, 1957) is an American film and television director.[1][2]

Michael Lehmann
Michael Stephen Lehmann

(1957-03-30) March 30, 1957 (age 62)
OccupationFilm director, television director
Years active1985–present

Early life and educationEdit

In 1978, Lehmann graduated from Columbia University.[3]


Lehmann's first job in the film industry was answering phones at Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope film company. Later he supervised cameras on films that included 1983's The Outsiders. Lehmann attended film school at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and graduated in 1985. While at USC he made a student film, Beaver Gets a Boner, the title of which he believes helped get the attention of film executives who would later hire him.

A short film by Lehmann, titled "Ed's Secret Life (An Unauthorized Biography)", was shown on Saturday Night Live. Purportedly about Mister Ed's post-career life, William Schallert, Mick Fleetwood, and Heather Locklear appeared in it.

Lehmann is most known for directing the black comedy, Heathers.[4] He also directed 40 Days and 40 Nights, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Hudson Hawk, Meet the Applegates, Airheads and Because I Said So.

Lehmann directed his first television commercial through the Leo Burnett Company in June 1996 for McDonald's. Lehmann also directs for television, and has worked on the short lived HBO comedy series The Comeback and NBC's The West Wing. Lehmann has guest directed on The Larry Sanders Show, Watching Ellie and Century City. Recently, Lehmann has directed episodes of HBO dramas, Big Love and True Blood, as well as Showtime's Californication and White Famous, the series Betas, FX's American Horror Story and Snowfall and Hulu's Veronica Mars.

Lehmann claimed he would never make a sequel to Heathers. He claimed Winona Ryder wanted to do Heathers set in Washington, D.C., but he saw no potential for the project.[5]

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ "Columbia College Today". Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Colombia College Today: "Michael Lehmann ’78: Satire and Subversion on the Silver Screen" By Jennifer Preissel November/December 2017
  4. ^ The New York Times
  5. ^ Kyle Buchanan. "Michael Lehmann Administers Cup of Liquid Drainer to Heathers Sequel". Movieline. Retrieved May 14, 2015.

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