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Short Info

Net Worth$20 million dollars
Date Of BirthOctober 8, 1952
SpouseLiberty Godshall
MarkFrequently casts Denzel Washington
FactEdward Zwick is one of the few directors to have worked with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise. The others are Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott.

Edward Zwick is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama for The Last Samurai (2003).

Zwick was born in 1952 in New York City, the son of Ruth (née Lefkowitz), a teacher, and Bernard Zwick, an advertising executive. He has a sister, Linda. His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Poland and his mother from Russia. He grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.

He attended Harvard University, where he was a member of the rowing team and graduated in 1974 with a BA in History and Literature. He then attended the AFI Conservatory, where he earned his MFA in Film Directing.

Zwick’s first feature film was About Last Night… (1986), which he co-wrote with Glenn Gordon Caron and which starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. His next film, Glory (1989), was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won three, including Best Supporting Actor for Denzel Washington.

In 2000, Zwick directed the war film Courage Under Fire, starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

In 2003, Zwick directed the historical drama The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

In 2010, Zwick directed the action thriller Love & Other Drugs, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Hathaway.

Zwick’s most recent film is Pawn Sacrifice (2014), starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer. The film was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.

Zwick is married to actress Mariel Hemingway. They have two daughters: Ava and Zoe.

General Info

Full NameEdward Zwick
Net Worth$20 million dollars
Date Of BirthOctober 8, 1952
Height1.7 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Businessperson, Television Director
EducationAmerican Film Institute, Harvard University


SpouseLiberty Godshall
ChildrenJesse Zwick, Frankie Zwick
ParentsRuth Ellen Zwick, Allen Zwick


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, Laurel Award for TV Writing A...
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Se...
MoviesJack Reacher: Never Go Back, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Love & Other Drugs, Glory, Defiance, Legends of the Fall, Pawn Sacrifice, The Siege, Courage Under Fire, About Last Night, Leaving Normal, The Great Wall, Shakespeare in Love, Special Bulletin, I Am Sam, Abandon, Dangerous Beauty, Cut Ban...
TV ShowsQuarterlife, Once and Again, Thirtysomething, Dream Street, A Marriage

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#Marks / Signs
1Films about characters living through real-life historical events
2In terms of television, has frequently worked with Marshall Herskovitz
3Frequently casts Denzel Washington


1I think all popular culture is de facto political, so you goddam well better be responsible about it.
2To relate to something simply on the basis of race is to deny the universality drama, and I won't be a party to it.
3There is a segment of the American population that has been excluded from the national myth, and that should be redressed.
4I don't think movies can ever be too intense, but people have to understand why you're showing them the things you are showing them.
5I look at modern life and I see people not taking responsibility for their lives. The temptation to blame, to find external causes to one's own issues is something that is particularly modern. I know that personally I find that sense of responsibility interesting.
6There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive - in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen.
7I think it's too easy often to find a villain out of the headlines and to then repeat that villainy again and again and again. You know, traditionally, America has always looked to scapegoat someone as the boogie man.
8To me this movie is about what is valuable. To one person it might be a stone; to someone else, a story in a magazine; to another, it is a child. The juxtaposition of one man obsessed with finding a valuable diamond with another man risking his life to find his son is the beating heart of this film.
9It seems that almost every time a valuable natural resource is discovered in the world-whether it be diamonds, rubber, gold, oil, whatever-often what results is a tragedy for the country in which they are found. Making matters worse, the resulting riches from these resources rarely benefit the people of the country from which they come.
10I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.
11Sometimes when we weep in the movies we weep for ourselves or for a life unlived. Or we even go to the movies because we want to resist the emotion that's there in front of us. I think there is always a catharsis that I look for and that makes the movie experience worthwhile.
12There is something universal in the theme of a man trying to save his family in the midst of the most terrible circumstances. It is not limited to Sierra Leone. This story could apply to any number of places where ordinary people have been caught up in political events beyond their control.
13Samurai culture did exist really, for hundreds of years and the notion of people trying to create some sort of a moral code, the idea that there existed certain behaviors that could be celebrated and that could be operative in a life.
14I have nothing against diamonds, or rubies or emeralds or sapphires. I do object when their acquisition is complicit in the debasement of children or the destruction of a country.
15The interesting movies can definitely still be made but on a very small scale. The idea of putting that many resources to a story that might only make a certain amount of money is not what the studios want. They want movies that will move the stock price or justify giving up one of their tentpole slots.


1Son-in-law of Raymond Godshall Jr..
2Both Blood Diamond (2006) and Glory (1989) feature two of the main characters (one white man and one black man) conflicting with each other at first but developing respect for each other in time.
3Received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1974.
4He has made a total of three films with Denzel Washington. The only directors to work with Washington more times than that are Spike Lee and Tony Scott, who have done four films each with him.
5Edward Zwick is one of the few directors to have worked with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise. The others are Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott.
6Has directed 4 actors in Oscar nominated roles; Djimon Hounsou, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, and Denzel Washington. Denzel won his Oscar.
7Runs a production company, The Bedford Falls Company, with partner Marshall Herskovitz.
8Graduated with a M.F.A. from the American Film Institute in 1975.




Woman Walks Ahead2017producer post-production
Nashville2016-2017TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes
The Birth of a Nation2016executive producer
Pawn Sacrifice2014producer
Cut Bank2014producer
About Alex2014executive producer
Boys of Abu Ghraib2014executive producer
Love & Other Drugs2010producer
A Marriage2009TV Movie executive producer
QuarterlifeTV Series executive producer - 3 episodes, 2008 producer - 2 episodes, 2008
Blood Diamond2006producer
1/4life2005TV Movie executive producer
The Last Samurai2003producer
Women vs. Men2002TV Movie executive producer
Lone Star State of Mind2002executive producer
Once and Again1999-2002TV Series executive producer - 61 episodes
I Am Sam2001producer
The Only Living Boy in New York2000TV Movie executive producer
Shakespeare in Love1998producer
The Siege1998producer
Dangerous Beauty1998producer
Relativity1996TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
My So-Called Life1994-1995TV Series executive producer - 19 episodes
Legends of the Fall1994producer
ThirtysomethingTV Series executive producer - 85 episodes, 1987 - 1991 producer - 1 episode, 1987
Extreme Close-Up1990TV Movie executive producer
Dream Street1989TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Special Bulletin1983TV Movie producer
Family1979-1980TV Series producer - 13 episodes


The Great Wall2016/Istory completed
American Assassinwriter filming
NashvilleTV Series written by - 21 episodes, 2016 - 2017 story by - 1 episode, 2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back2016screenplay by
Love & Other Drugs2010screenplay
A Marriage2009TV Movie written by
QuarterlifeTV Series creator - 6 episodes, 2008 story - 2 episodes, 2008
1/4life2005TV Movie additional story and dialogue
The Last Samurai2003screenplay
Once and AgainTV Series creator - 54 episodes, 1999 - 2002 writer - 11 episodes, 1999 - 2002 story - 1 episode, 1999
America: A Tribute to Heroes2001TV Special documentary
The Siege1998screenplay
ThirtysomethingTV Series created by - 84 episodes, 1987 - 1991 written by - 7 episodes, 1987 - 1991 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1987
Extreme Close-Up1990TV Movie story
Special Bulletin1983TV Movie story
Family1979-1980TV Series writer - 3 episodes


Jack Reacher: Never Go Back2016directed by
Pawn Sacrifice2014
Love & Other Drugs2010
Blood Diamond2006
1/4life2005TV Movie
The Last Samurai2003
Once and Again1999-2002TV Series 4 episodes
The Siege1998
Relativity1996TV Series 1 episode
Courage Under Fire1996
Legends of the Fall1994
Leaving Normal1992
Thirtysomething1987-1990TV Series 3 episodes
About Last Night...1986
The Best Times1985TV Series 1 episode
Special Bulletin1983TV Movie
Having It All1982TV Movie
Paper Dolls1982TV Movie
Timothy and the Angel1976Short
Family1976TV Series


Women vs. Men2002TV MovieModerator
Once and Again2000-2002TV SeriesDr. Daniel Rosenfeld
The Player1997TV Movie


Family1978-1979TV Series story editor - 6 episodes


Blood Diamond2006writer: "When da Dawgs Come Out to Play" - as Ed Zwick


Family Weekend2013very special thanks
The Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors2010Video documentary special thanks - as Ed Zwick
The Honeysting2009Short special thanks
My So-Called Life: My So-Called Life Story2007Video documentary short special thanks - as Ed Zwick
The Clearing2004special thanks - as Ed Zwick
Good Will Hunting1997thanks - as Ed Zwick
The Pallbearer1996special thanks
The True Story of Glory Continues1991Documentary special thanks


Bobby Fischer, The Cold War and the Match of the Century2015Video shortHimself
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Co-Creator, Thirtysomething
Charlie Rose1998-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
About Last Night: Ed Zwick and Robe Lowe in Conversation2009Video documentaryHimself
Defiance: Return to the Forest2009Video documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2009TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty2008TV SpecialHimself
My So-Called Life: My So-Called Life Story2007Video documentary shortHimself - Executive Producer (as Ed Zwick)
Blood Diamond: Focus Points2007Video documentaryHimself
The Siege: Freedom Is History2007Video shortHimself
The Siege: Taking New York2007Video shortHimself
Blood Diamond: Becoming Archer2007Video shortHimself
Blood Diamond: Inside the Siege of Freetown2007Video shortHimself
Blood Diamond: Journalism on the Front Line2007Video shortHimself
Film '722007TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2003-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
A World of Detail: Production Design with Lilly Kilvert2004Video shortHimself
Edward Zwick: Director's Video Journal2004Video shortHimself
From Soldier to Samurai: The Weapons2004Video shortHimself
Making an Epic: A Conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise2004Video documentary short
Silk and Armor: Costume Design with Ngila Dickson2004Video shortHimself
The Last Samurai: Imperial Army Basic Training2004Video shortHimself
Tom Cruise: A Warrior's Journey2004Video documentary short
Shootout2004TV SeriesHimself
History vs. Hollywood2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Becoming Sam2002Video documentary shortHimself
Inside Traffic: The Making of 'Traffic'2000TV Short documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Siege'2000Video documentary shortHimself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Picture
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Frank Capra's American Dream1997TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee: Director
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture - Drama & Best Director
The Media Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Drama Series
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Drama Special & Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special & Nominated: Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special

Archive Footage

The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Co-creator, 'thirtysomething'
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Gomorron1995TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2014Filmmaker AwardCinema Audio Society, USA
2012Laurel Award for TV Writing AchievementWriters Guild of America, USA
2003Truly Moving Picture AwardHeartland FilmThe Last Samurai (2003)
2003NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest DirectorThe Last Samurai (2003)
2002Stanley Kramer AwardPGA AwardsI Am Sam (2001)
2001Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize60 Minute CategoryOnce and Again (1999)
2001OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureTraffic (2000)
1999OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureShakespeare in Love (1998)
1999BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmShakespeare in Love (1998)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Comedy/Musical PictureShakespeare in Love (1998)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalShakespeare in Love (1998)
1997Lone Star Film & Television AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsBest DirectorCourage Under Fire (1996)
1995Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureLegends of the Fall (1994)
1992Franklin J. Schaffner AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
1989Truly Moving Picture AwardHeartland FilmGlory (1989)
1989KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorGlory (1989)
1989WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic DramaThirtysomething (1987)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThirtysomething (1987)
1984DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic SpecialsSpecial Bulletin (1983)
1984WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAOriginal Drama AnthologySpecial Bulletin (1983)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SpecialSpecial Bulletin (1983)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a SpecialSpecial Bulletin (1983)
1983Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize90 Minute CategorySpecial Bulletin (1983)

Nominated Awards

2006SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorBlood Diamond (2006)
2004Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Last Samurai (2003)
2004PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThe Last Samurai (2003)
2003Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearThe Last Samurai (2003)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramAmerica: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesOnce and Again (1999)
2001OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureTraffic (2000)
2000ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureTraffic (2000)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureShakespeare in Love (1998)
1999PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesShakespeare in Love (1998)
1998ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureShakespeare in Love (1998)
1995Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureLegends of the Fall (1994)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThirtysomething (1987)
1991Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize90 Minute CategoryExtreme Close-Up (1990)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureGlory (1989)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThirtysomething (1987)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThirtysomething (1987)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Drama SeriesThirtysomething (1987)
1989DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - NightThirtysomething (1987)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a SpecialSpecial Bulletin (1983)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesFamily (1976)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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