Zwick during a Q & A session following a screening of Defiance on 20 Nov 2008.
Edward M. Zwick
October 8, 1952
|Alma mater|| Harvard University, A.B. 1974|
AFI Conservatory, MFA 1975
|Occupation||Director, producer, screenwriter|
|Known for||About Last Night, thirtysomething, Glory, Shakespeare in Love, The Last Samurai, Once and Again , Blood Diamond|
Lynn Liberty Godshall(m. 1982)
Edward M. Zwick (born October 8, 1952) is an American filmmaker and producer of film and television. He has worked primarily in the comedy-drama and epic historical film genres, including About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, and The Last Samurai. He is also the co-creator of the television series thirtysomething and Once and Again .
Zwick's prolific body of work has earned numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Picture, and Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series, and Outstanding Dramatic Special. He has additionally been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards.
Zwick was born into a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois,the son of Ruth Ellen (née Reich) and Allen Zwick. He attended New Trier High School, received an A.B. at Harvard in 1974, and attended the AFI Conservatory, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975.
His films include Glory (1989), Legends of the Fall (1994), The Siege (1998), The Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006), and Defiance (2008). Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a film production company called The Bedford Falls Company (inspired by the name of the town featured in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life ). This company has produced such notable films as Traffic and Shakespeare in Love and the TV shows thirtysomething , Relativity , Once and Again , and My So-Called Life .
He was one of the recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture for Shakespeare in Love ; he was also nominated in the same category for Traffic .
Despite sharing a surname and profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick.
|1986||About Last Night...||Yes||No||No||Directorial Debut|
|1989||Glory||Yes||No||No||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Director|
|1994||Legends of the Fall||Yes||Yes||No||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Director|
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Yes||No||No|
|2003||The Last Samurai||Yes||Yes||Yes|| National Board of Review Award for Best Director |
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Director
Nominated - Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
|2006||Blood Diamond||Yes||Yes||No||Nominated - St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Director|
|2010||Love & Other Drugs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2016||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||Yes||No||Yes|
|The Great Wall||No||No||Story|
|2018||Trial by Fire||Yes||Yes||No|
|1998||Dangerous Beauty||Marshall Herskovitz|
|Shakespeare in Love||John Madden|| Academy Award for Best Picture |
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Nominated - Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
|2000||Traffic||Steven Soderbergh||Nominated - Academy Award for Best Picture|
|2001||I Am Sam||Jessie Nelson|
|Lone Star State of Mind||David Semel||Executive producer|
|2014||Boys of Abu Ghraib||Luke Moran|
|About Alex||Jesse Zwick|
|Cut Bank||Matt Shakman|
|2016||The Birth of a Nation||Nate Parker||Executive producer|
|2017||Woman Walks Ahead||Susanna White|
|1979-80||Family||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 episode (directed);|
5 episodes (written)
|1983||Special Bulletin||Yes||Yes||Yes||TV movie|
3 episodes (directed);
8 episodes (written)
|1990||Extreme Close-Up||No||Story||executive||TV movie|
|1999-2002||Once and Again||Yes||Yes||executive||Co-creator;|
3 episodes (directed);
4 episodes (written)
Also actor; as Dr. Daniel Rosenfeld
2 episodes (written)
|2009||A Marriage||No||Yes||executive||TV movie|
|2016–18||Nashville||No||Yes||executive||1 episode (written)|
Executive producer only
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Episode "Sawdust"|
|1994-95||My So-Called Life|
|2000||The Only Living Boy in New York||Television movie|
|2002||Women vs. Men|
|Year||Film||Academy Awards||BAFTA Awards||Golden Globe Awards|
|1994||Legends of the Fall||3||1||4|
|2003||The Last Samurai||4||3|
|2010||Love & Other Drugs||2|
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