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Steven Schachter is an American television, theatre, and film director and screenwriter.


Much of Schachter's success stems from projects on which he has collaborated with William H. Macy. The two co-wrote the cable television movies The Con (1998), A Slight Case of Murder (1999), Door to Door (2002), and The Wool Cap (2004), all of which Schachter directed and in which Macy starred. He also has directed numerous other made-for-TV movies, including an adaptation of David Mamet's play The Water Engine , which he had directed at the off-Broadway Public Theater in 1977 and again at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway the following year. In 2006 he directed the TV movie The Mermaid Chair .

Schachter's latest projects also involve Macy. In May 2007, he completed filming the feature The Deal , written by and starring Macy, which is scheduled for release in 2008. The two are collaborating on Family Man , a pilot for a TNT series in which Macy would portray a model husband and father of three who unbeknownst to his family leads a gang of burglars.


Television films

1983Journey's EndYesNoNo
1992Getting Up and Going HomeYesNoNo
The Water Engine YesNoNo
1995 Lady Killer YesNoNo
Above Suspicion YesYesNo
Legacy of Sin: The William Coit StoryYesNoNo
1996Every Woman's DreamYesYesNo
To Face Her Past YesNoNo
1998The ConYesYesNo
To Live AgainYesNoNo
1999A Slight Case of MurderYesYesNo
2000 For All Time YesNoNo
2002 Door to Door YesYesNo
Just a Walk in the Park YesYesNo
2004 It Must Be Love YesNoNo
The Wool Cap YesYesYes
2005The Engagement RingYesNoNo
2006 The Mermaid Chair YesNoNo
2008 The Deal YesYesNo
Family ManYesYesExecutive
2010Unanswered PrayersYesNoNo

Television series

1990 ABC Afterschool Specials YesNo''All That Glitters''
1991 Thirtysomething NoYes''Sifting the Ashes''
1992 Home Fires NoYes''Fathers and Sons''
2012 Shameless NoYes''Can I Have a Mother''

Theatrical films

1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Assistant to John Schlesinger
1986 Firewalker Dialogue coach: Mr. Norris

As theatrical director

1976 A View from a Bridge
1977Mert & Phil
1985 The Water Engine
1988Big Time: Scenes from a Service Economy
1989Stained Glass
1990The Pink Studio

Awards and nominations


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