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Peter Simpson Hedges (born July 6, 1962)[1] is an American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, film director and film producer.

Peter Hedges
BornPeter Simpson Hedges
(1962-07-06) July 6, 1962 (age 56)
West Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
OccupationNovelist, playwright, screenwriter, film director, film producer
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
Alma materNorth Carolina School of the Arts
Period1984–present
Notable worksWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape (novel, 1991)
Dan in Real Life (film, 2007)
Spouse
Susan Bruce Titman (m. 1993)
[1]
Children2, including Lucas Hedges
Website
peterhedgeswriter.com/ph/

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Early lifeEdit

Hedges was born in West Des Moines, Iowa, where he was raised, the son of Carole (Simpson), a psychotherapist, and the Rev. Robert Boyden Hedges, an Episcopal priest.[1][2] He attended Valley High School, where he was involved in the theater department, including the improvisional group and the mime troupe, The Bakers Dozen. He later went to the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied drama.

CareerEdit

Hedges' novel What's Eating Gilbert Grape was adapted into a critically acclaimed movie of the same title, which launched his film career.

In 2002, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for About a Boy. In the same year, he wrote and directed Pieces of April, starring Katie Holmes, which he dedicated to his mother.

In 2007, he co-wrote and directed Dan in Real Life.

He wrote and directed The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), a film conceived by Ahmet Zappa, produced by Zappa and Scott Sanders, and released by Walt Disney Pictures.[3] In 2018, he wrote and directed the drama Ben Is Back, about drug addition, starring his son Lucas Hedges, and Julia Roberts.

His latest novel The Heights was published March 4, 2010 by Dutton.

Personal lifeEdit

His wife is Susan Bruce (Titman), a poet. They have two children, Simon and Academy Award-nominated actor Lucas Hedges.

FilmographyEdit

PlaysEdit

  • Oregon (1984)
  • Champions of the Average Joe (1985)
  • The Age of Pie (1986)
  • Andy and Claire (1986)
  • Teddy by the Sea (1986)
  • Imagining Brad (1988)
  • Baby Anger (1993)
  • Good as New (1995)

NovelsEdit

  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1991)
  • An Ocean in Iowa (1998)
  • The Heights (2010)

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