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Net Worth80 million dollars
Date Of BirthAugust 8, 1963
SpouseAmy Eldon
FactGraduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1988)
PaymentsEarned $5,000,000 from The Kid (2000)

Jon Turteltaub is an American film director and producer. He is best known for directing the films “Phenomenon” (1996), “Instinct” (1999), “The Kid” (2000), “National Treasure” (2004) and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010).

Turteltaub was born on August 8, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA. His parents are television producer Stephen J. Turteltaub and public relations executive Harriet Sue Turteltaub. He has two sisters, Wendy and Jill. Turteltaub was raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema-Television in 1985.

Turteltaub’s first film as a director was “3 Ninjas” (1992). He has also directed the films “Phenomenon” (1996), “Instinct” (1999), “The Kid” (2000), “National Treasure” (2004) and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010). Turteltaub has also produced the films “The Rock” (1996), “Gone in Sixty Seconds” (2000) and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” (2007).

Turteltaub has been married to Amy Eldon since 1993. They have three children: Max, Zoe and Simon.

General Info

Full NameJon Turteltaub
Net Worth80 million dollars
Date Of BirthAugust 8, 1963
ProfessionTelevision producer, Film producer, Film director, Television Director
EducationWesleyan University, University of Southern California, Beverly Hills High School


SpouseAmy Eldon
ParentsSaul Turteltaub


NominationsDGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Film/Miniseries
MoviesThe Sorcerer's Apprentice, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, National Treasure, Last Vegas, Cool Runnings, While You Were Sleeping, Phenomenon, Disney's The Kid, 3 Ninjas, National Treasure 3, Instinct, Think Big, Trabbi Goes to Hollywood, Meg, More, Patience
TV ShowsJericho

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The Kid (2000)$5,000,000


1Nic [Nicolas Cage] was a junior and I was a senior. It's hard to believe he's younger than I am. Nic was like the cool outsider - he kind of had this James Dean quality - but he thinks he was the loser who didn't fit in. But he doesn't realize all the girls think that's hot.
2Then I was in college being miserable and studying and [Nicolas Cage] was making a lot of money and getting fame and fortune and being on the cover of GQ. I have since become successful and still never been asked to be on the cover of GQ.
3It was really important to me - and it might have been the obnoxious director thing - but I just insisted that we go to the places where we were shooting. It felt like if we're going to celebrate these aspects of American history, I want the movie to look real, not fake. [on shooting on location]
4Most treasure hunt movies take place abroad and in the past, which from the audience standpoint means laws are different, rules are different, the people in the third world can get shot in bunches and that's okay. But we couldn't shoot our own cops, our own FBI. We couldn't have the public get endangered. So suddenly we had all of these restrictions that made it much harder to do an action film.
5There's something more literary about adventure films [that keeps them timeless]. That quality may be hard to define, but you know it when you see it. 'Pirates of the Caribbean' harks back to Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island.'
6In adventure films, the danger is more important than the violence. And I think wish-fulfillment plays into the appeal. For adults, a good adventure film can really tap into childhood passions.


1Once beat out fellow Beverly Hills High School classmate Nicolas Cage for a role in Thornton Wilder's play Our Town.
2Went to Beverly Hills High School, the same high school as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Corbin Bernsen, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Breckin Meyer, Jonathan Silverman, and Richard Dreyfuss.
3Nephew of Fritzi Burr and Aaron Heyman.
4Graduated from Wesleyan University in 1985. Is one of at least six recent graduates of this Connecticut college to rise to success as a film director, along with fellow alumni such as Miguel Arteta, Michael Bay, Ruben Fleischer, Joss Whedon, and Benh Zeitlin.
5Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1988)
6Son of Saul Turteltaub




StayTV Movie executive producer completed
The Thousand Year Journey2015Documentary short executive producer
Common Law2012TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
Harper's Island Unsolved2009TV Short executive producer
Harper's Island2009TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Jericho2006-2008TV Series executive producer - 29 episodes
National Treasure: Book of Secrets2007producer
Beyond Jericho2006TV Series producer
Countdown2006TV Series co-executive producer - 22 episodes
National Treasure2004producer
Role of a Lifetime2002executive producer
The Kid2000producer
RocketMan1997executive producer


StayTV Movie completed
Rush Hour2016TV Series 1 episode
Last Vegas2013
Common Law2012TV Series 1 episode
The Sorcerer's Apprentice2010
Harper's Island2009TV Series 1 episode
National Treasure: Book of Secrets2007
Jericho2006TV Series 2 episodes
National Treasure2004
More, Patience2001TV Movie
The Kid2000
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-Series 1 episode
While You Were Sleeping1995
Cool Runnings1993
3 Ninjas1992
Driving Me Crazy1991
Think Big1989


Driving Me Crazy1991
Think Big1989writer


The Sorcerer's Apprentice2010writer: "I'm Awesome"


Casting 'Harper's Island'2009Video short special thanks
One by One: The Making of 'Harper's Island'2009Video short special thanks
Eagle vs Shark2007special thanks
The Motel2005thanks


The American Cinematheque Tribute to Jerry Bruckheimer2013TV MovieHimself
Made in Hollywood2010TV SeriesHimself
The Rotten Tomatoes Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Director
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009DocumentaryHimself
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
NT2: Recreating Lincoln's Assassination2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Scoring a Sequel2008Video documentary short
NT2: Set in History2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Crafting the Presidents' Book2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Creating the London Chase2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Evolution of a Golden City2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Inside the Library of Congress2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: On Location2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Secrets of a Sequel2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Underground Action2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Directors2008TV Series documentaryHimself
National Treasure: Exploding Charlotte2005Video shortHimself
National Treasure: On the Set of American History2005Video shortHimself
To Steal a 'National Treasure'2005Video shortHimself
'National Treasure' on Location2005Video documentary shortHimself
Shootout2004TV SeriesHimself
A Kid Becomes the Kid2000TV ShortHimself
Conversations with Jon Turteltaub2000Video documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

1999DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for TelevisionFrom the Earth to the Moon (1998)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Direction of a Motion Picture or MiniseriesFrom the Earth to the Moon (1998)

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