Peter Hedges

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 58)
West Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
  • Novelist
  • playwright
  • screenwriter
  • film director
  • film producer
EducationUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
Notable worksWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape (novel, 1991)
Dan in Real Life (film, 2007)
Susan Bruce Titman
(m. 1993)
Children2, including Lucas Hedges

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] His mother left when he was young so he was raised by his single father. He attended Valley High School, where he was involved in the theater department, including the improvisational group and the mime troupe, The Bakers Dozen. He later went to the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied drama.


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 addiction, 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 boys, Simon, who works in private equity [4] in New York, and Academy Award-nominated actor Lucas Hedges.



  • 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)


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


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