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.
Date Of Birth
July 24, 1965
Television producer, Film producer, Film director, Cinematographer, Television Director
University of Southern California, Brown University
Ellen Liman, Arthur L. Liman
Lewis Liman, Emily Liman
MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker, Shorty Industry Award for Best Use of Gamification
Hugo 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
Edge 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
Edge of Tomorrow was such an ambitious movie and a personal one. It was a labor of love for us all.
Paris 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.
[people turning up for a wet film premiere of Edge of Tomorrow at 5am] It's a testament to Tom Cruise's star power.
[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.
[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.
I 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.
The movie I end up with is the movie I aspired to make.
He 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.
As of 2001, Vice Chairman of the production company HYPNOTIC.
Originally 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.
Attended and graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1992).
Attended and graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (1988).