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Short Info

Net Worth$50 million
Date Of BirthJuly 24, 1965
MarkPrevalent use of Steadicam shots
FactLives in Tribeca area of Manhattan, New York City.

Doug Liman is an American film director and producer. He is known for his work on the films Swingers (1996), The Bourne Identity (2002), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and Jumper (2008).

Liman was born in New York City, the son of Ellen (née Sarokin), a television producer, and Arthur L. Liman, a lawyer. His father was from a Jewish family, and his mother is of Russian Jewish descent. He has a sister, Dana.

Liman began making short films while still in junior high school and studied at International Center of Photography in New York City. While attending Brown University, he helped to co-found the student-run cable television station BTV. He also worked as an intern on the television series China Beach.

Liman’s first feature film was Swingers (1996), which he co-wrote with Jon Favreau and directed. The film was a success, grossing $250 million worldwide.

Liman’s next film was The Bourne Identity (2002), based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $215 million worldwide.

Liman’s next film was Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a married couple who are revealed to be assassins working for rival agencies. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $478 million worldwide.

Liman’s next film was Jumper (2008), starring Hayden Christensen as a young man who discovers he has the ability to teleport. The film was a critical and commercial failure, grossing $222 million worldwide.

In 2010, Liman directed the action thriller Fair Game, based on the true story of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $99 million worldwide.

In 2014, Liman directed the action thriller Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $370 million worldwide.

In 2016, Liman directed the action thriller American Made, starring Tom Cruise as a pilot who becomes a drug smuggler for the CIA. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $217 million worldwide.

Liman has been married twice. His first wife was actress Jennifer Beals, with whom he has a daughter, Gia. His second wife is producer Lauren Schuler Donner, with whom he has two sons, Jake and Luke.

Liman is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and has brown hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameDoug Liman
Net Worth$50 million
Date Of BirthJuly 24, 1965
Height1.87 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Film producer, Film director, Cinematographer, Television Director
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Brown University


ParentsEllen Liman, Arthur L. Liman
SiblingsLewis Liman, Emily Liman


AwardsMTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker, Shorty Industry Award for Best Use of Gamification
NominationsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, European Film Award for Best Non-European Film, Shorty Industry Award for Best in Television
MoviesEdge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper, American Made, Swingers, Fair Game, Go, Getting In, The Killing Floor, Gambit, Acting 101, The Wall, Everest
TV ShowsCaptive

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#Marks / Signs
1Use of characters doubling as spies or agents
2Use of humor in unusual settings
3Prevalent use of Steadicam shots


1Edge of Tomorrow was such an ambitious movie and a personal one. It was a labor of love for us all.
2Paris is very close to my heart. It's the most beautiful city in the world, but on Edge of Tomorrow I got to showcase it in a completely different light.
3[people turning up for a wet film premiere of Edge of Tomorrow at 5am] It's a testament to Tom Cruise's star power.
4[Tom Cruise] People forget that behind the celebrity, he's a brilliant actor who's been in some of our favorite movies. He's extraordinarily talented and his range is incredible.
5[on Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)] Tom innately understands that audiences come to the theatre not to watch a god but to see a good movie, and he will do everything in his power to make the film as great as possible. Nobody takes the trust of the audience more sacredly than him. When I'm working on a film, I think about how it will play with a tiny audience of friends whose opinions I respect, basically a 40-bloc radius from my apartment in Manhattan. Tom is thinking how it will play with the entire planet Earth.
6I don't really analyze my process. I do know that if it's not right, I won't move on. I'm tenacious to a fault about that.
7The movie I end up with is the movie I aspired to make.


1He liked Edge of Tomorrow (2014) because he got to reshoot the same scenes until he got them right, a result of the film being set in a time warp.
2He wanted to do Edge of Tomorrow (2014) because it showed a role Tom Cruise hadn't done yet; someone very bad at what they do.
3Tom Cruise did all his own stunts on Edge of Tomorrow (2014); Doug Liman felt he could make an amazing career out of it.
4Liman felt he had to keep up with Tom Cruise all throughout filming Edge of Tomorrow (2014).
5During Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Emily Blunt took Liman and Tom Cruise out for karaoke one night; she terrified Liman by getting to see her in that different light.
6Cousin of John Hamburg.
7Is actively involved in the Arthur L. Liman undergraduate fellowship program.
8Serves on the boards of the Legal Action Center (LAC) and Symphony Space.
9In one of 105 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) in 2008.
10Got to read the script for Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) for the first time on the set of The Bourne Identity (2002), but rejected it. Brad Pitt then gave it to him for a second time after Liman had finished The Bourne Identity (2002).
11His father, Arthur L. Liman, was one of the prosecutors in the Iran-Contra Affair (in The Bourne Identity (2002), Liman portrays a likewise agency within agency...).
12Lives in Tribeca area of Manhattan, New York City.
13Graduated in same high school class with actor/director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld.
14As of 2001, Vice Chairman of the production company HYPNOTIC.
15Originally did not want to cast Scott Wolf in Go (1999) because Katie Holmes was already in the movie, and he did not want the movie to star two television actors. However, he saw him talking in a hallway with Jay Mohr and realized that the chemistry between the two would be good in the movie.
16Attended and graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1992).
17Attended and graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (1988).




Jason Bourne2016executive producer
I Am Rebel2016TV Series documentary executive producer - 4 episodes
Left on Purpose2015Documentary executive producer
Covert Affairs2010-2014TV Series executive producer - 54 episodes
Edge of Tomorrow2014executive producer
After the Fall2014executive producer
The Arrangement2013TV Movie executive producer
The Unexplained2012TV Series documentary executive producer - 14 episodes
I Just Want My Pants Back2011-2012TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
CamelThorns2010Short executive producer
Dao jiàn xiào2010executive producer
Fair Game2010/Iproducer
Knight Rider2008-2009TV Series executive producer - 18 episodes
Business Class2007TV Movie executive producer
The Bourne Ultimatum2007executive producer
The Killing Floor2007executive producer
Mr. and Mrs. Smith2007TV Short executive producer
Heist2006TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
The PTA2006TV Series executive producer
Cry_Wolf2005executive producer
Mail Order Wife2004executive producer
The Bourne Supremacy2004executive producer
The O.C.2003-2004TV Series executive producer - 27 episodes
Terry Tate, Office Linebacker: Sensitivity Training2004Short executive producer
Two Harbors2003Short executive producer
Arrested Development2003Short executive producer
Otto+Anna2003Short supervising producer
Gabriel y Gato2003Short executive producer - uncredited
One Man's Castle2003Short executive producer
The Bourne Identity2002producer
Indie Is Great2002Short producer
Kissing Jessica Stein2001associate producer
See Jane Run2001producer
The Year of the Great Storm2017executive producer announced
Atticaproducer pre-production
Edge of Tomorrow 2producer announced
Luna Parkproducer announced
The Forest of Hands and Teethproducer pre-production
Suits2011-2017TV Series executive producer - 94 episodes
Invisible2016TV Series producer


Chaos Walking2018pre-production
American Made2017completed
The Wall2017/IIpost-production
Edge of Tomorrow 2announced
Justice League Darkannounced
Luna Parkannounced
Reckoning with Torture2016Documentary attached
Captive2016TV Series documentary
Invisible2016TV Series
Edge of Tomorrow2014
I Just Want My Pants Back2011-2012TV Series 2 episodes
Fair Game2010/I
Mr. and Mrs. Smith2007TV Short
Heist2006TV Series 1 episode
Mr. & Mrs. Smith2005
The O.C.2003TV Series 2 episodes
The Bourne Identity2002
Indie Is Great2002Short
Getting In1994


The O.C.2004-2005TV Series executive consultant - 24 episodes


Fair Game2010/Idirector of photography
Go1999photographed by
Swingers1996photographed by


FX Movie Download2014TV SeriesGuest
The Moth2002TV Series


Luna Parkstory announced

Camera Department

Fair Game2010/Icamera operator


Identyfikatsiya Porna2013Short special thanks
The Born Defecation2012Short special thanks
Hatched: A Tale of Great Egg-spectations2011Short thanks
Kashf: The Lifting of the Veil2008special thanks
The Art of Stalking2007Short special thanks
Away from Her2006special thanks
Time Enough at Last2004Short special thanks
Coyote1997special thanks


A World on the 'Edge of Tomorrow'2014Video shortHimself
Edge of Tomorrow: Creatures Not of This World2014Video shortHimself
Edge of Tomorrow: Storming the Beach2014Video shortHimself
Edge of Tomorrow: Weapons of the Future2014Video shortHimself
On the Edge with Doug Liman2014Video documentaryHimself
Días de cine2014TV SeriesHimself
Moyers & Company2012TV SeriesHimself
Alter Egos2011TV SeriesHimself
Media City2011TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32010TV SeriesHimself
TV Festival Du Cannes 20102010TV MovieHimself
Doug Liman's Jumper: Uncensored2008Video documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHimself
The Ludlum Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum2007Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Science2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Domestic Violence: Shooting Mr. & Mrs. Smith2006Video documentary shortHimself
Charlie Rose2005TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Still Swingin'2005TV Short documentaryHimself
Unscripted2005TV SeriesHimself
NY Indies2005Documentary
The Bourne Identity: From Identity to Supremacy - Jason and Marie2004Video shortHimself
The Bourne Identity: Inside a Fight Sequence2004Video shortHimself
The Bourne Identity: The Birth of 'The Bourne Identity'2003Video shortHimself
Making It in Hollywood2002Video documentaryHimself
The Panel1999TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1997FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsNewcomer of the YearSwingers (1996)
1997MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest New FilmmakerSwingers (1996)

Nominated Awards

2015Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorEdge of Tomorrow (2014)
2015HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormEdge of Tomorrow (2014)
2010Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalFair Game (2010)
2000Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorGo (1999)
1999Grand Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalGo (1999)
1997Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsSwingers (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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