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Vince Gilligan
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Gilligan at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born
George Vincent Gilligan Jr.

(1967-02-10) February 10, 1967 (age 52)
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Writer, producer, director
Years active1990–present
Partner(s)Holly Rice (1991–present)

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. (born February 10, 1967) [1] is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul . He was a writer and producer for The X-Files and was the co-creator of its spin-off The Lone Gunmen .

<i>Breaking Bad</i> American television series (2008–2013)

Breaking Bad is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. Set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series tells the story of Walter White, a struggling and depressed high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with stage-3 lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman, White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. The title comes from the Southern colloquialism "breaking bad" which means to "raise hell" or turn to a life of crime.

In media, a spin-off is a radio program, television program, video game, film, or any narrative work, derived from already existing works that focus on more details and different aspects from the original work.

<i>Better Call Saul</i> American drama television series

Better Call Saul is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off prequel of Gilligan's prior series Breaking Bad. Set in the early and mid 2000s, Better Call Saul follows the story of con-man turned small-time lawyer, Jimmy McGill, six years before the events of Breaking Bad, showing his transformation into the persona of criminal-for-hire Saul Goodman. Jimmy becomes the lawyer for former beat cop Mike Ehrmantraut, whose relevant skill set allows him to enter the criminal underworld of drug trafficking in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015. The 10-episode fourth season aired between August and October 2018. The show has been renewed for a fifth season, which is planned to premiere in 2020.

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Gilligan has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Writers Guild of America Awards, two Critics' Choice Television Awards and Producers Guild of America Awards, one Directors Guild of America Award and a BAFTA. Outside of television, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 2008 film Hancock .

Directors Guild of America Award award

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<i>Hancock</i> (film) 2008 film by Peter Berg

Hancock is a 2008 American superhero comedy film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman. It tells the story of a vigilante superhero, John Hancock (Smith) from Los Angeles whose reckless actions routinely cost the city millions of dollars. Eventually one person he saves, Ray Embrey (Bateman), makes it his mission to change Hancock's public image for the better.

Early life

Gilligan was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Gail, a grade school teacher, and George Vincent Gilligan Sr., an insurance claims adjuster. [2] His parents divorced in 1974 and he and his younger brother, Patrick, were raised in Farmville and Chesterfield County, and attended the laboratory school run by Longwood College. [1] [3] [4] Growing up, Gilligan became best friends with future film editor and film title designer Angus Wall. His interest in film began when Wall's mother, Jackie, who also taught alongside Gilligan's mother, would lend her Super 8 film cameras to him. He used the camera to make science fiction films with Patrick. [5] One of his first films was entitled Space Wreck, starring his brother in the lead role. One year later, he won first prize for his age group in a film competition at the University of Virginia. [1]

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Jackie would take Wall and Gilligan to Richmond and drop them off at Cloverleaf Mall to see films, and encourage both of them to pursue a career in the arts. "I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for Jackie. She was a wonderful lady and a real inspiration," he recalls. [5] Gilligan was recognized for his talents and creativity at an early age. George Sr. described him as a "kind of a studious-type young man, and he liked to read, and he had a vivid imagination". He introduced Gilligan to film noir classics, as well as John Wayne and Clint Eastwood Westerns on late-night television. [5] Gilligan won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. After eighth grade, he moved back to Chesterfield to attend high school. [1]

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Education

After graduating from Lloyd C. Bird High School in 1985, Gilligan went on to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts on a scholarship, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film production. [6] While at NYU, he wrote the screenplay for Home Fries ; Gilligan received the Virginia Governor's Screenwriting Award in 1989 for the screenplay, which was later turned into a film. [3] One of the judges of the competition was Mark Johnson, a film producer. He was impressed by Gilligan, saying he "was the most imaginative writer I'd ever read". [5]

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Career

The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen

Gilligan's big break came when he joined the Fox television drama The X-Files . Gilligan was a fan of the show, and submitted a script to Fox which became the second-season episode "Soft Light". [7] He went on to write 29 more episodes, in addition to being co-executive producer of 44 episodes, executive producer of 40, co-producer of 24, and supervising producer of 20. He also co-created and became executive producer of The X-Files spin-off series The Lone Gunmen . The series only ran for one season of 13 episodes.

Fox Broadcasting Company American television network

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<i>The X-Files</i> American science fiction drama television series

The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The original television series aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox. The program spanned nine seasons, with 202 episodes. A short tenth season consisting of six episodes premiered on January 24, 2016, and concluded on February 22, 2016. Following the ratings success of this revival, Fox announced in April 2017 that The X-Files would be returning for an eleventh season of ten episodes. The season premiered on January 3, 2018, concluding on March 21, 2018. In addition to the television series, two feature films have been released: The 1998 film The X-Files, which took place as part of the TV series continuity, and the stand-alone film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, released in 2008, six years after the original television run had ended.

"Soft Light" is the twenty-third episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It originally aired on the Fox network on May 5, 1995. It was written by Vince Gilligan and directed by James A. Contner. The episode is a "Monster-of-the-Week" story, unconnected to the series' wider mythology, or overarching fictional history. "Soft Light" received a Nielsen rating of 8.5 and was watched by 8.1 million households. The episode generally received mixed to positive reviews from television critics.

Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul

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Gilligan in 2011

Gilligan created, wrote, directed, and produced the AMC drama series Breaking Bad . He created the series with the premise that the hero would become the villain. "Television is historically good at keeping its characters in a self-imposed stasis so that shows can go on for years or even decades," he said. "When I realized this, the logical next step was to think, how can I do a show in which the fundamental drive is toward change?" [8] He added that his goal with Walter White was to turn him from "Mr. Chips into Scarface". [9] While pitching the show to studios, Gilligan was initially discouraged when he learned of the existing series Weeds and its similarities to the premise of Breaking Bad. While his producers convinced him that the show was different enough to still be successful, he later stated that he would not have gone forward with the idea had he known about Weeds earlier. [10]

Breaking Bad received widespread critical acclaim and has been praised by many critics as being among the greatest television dramas of all time. [8] Gilligan has been awarded numerous times for writing, directing, and producing the series. The Writers Guild of America has awarded him four times in straight succession, from 2012 to 2014; three as a part of the Breaking Bad writing team and one individually for writing the episode "Box Cutter". [11] [12] [13] He also received two Primetime Emmys in 2013 and 2014 for producing the show. In 2014, he won the Directors Guild of America Award for directing the finale of Breaking Bad, "Felina". [14]

In September 2013, Sony Pictures Television announced a deal with AMC to produce a Breaking Bad spin-off prequel entitled Better Call Saul, to focus on character Saul Goodman from the original series, before he became Walter White 's lawyer, and to star Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as the title character. [15] Gilligan co-created the series with Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould, with both of them acting as showrunners. The first episode, which Gilligan directed and co-wrote, premiered on February 8, 2015. [16]

In July 2018, it was announced that Gilligan had agreed with Sony TV on a new three-year deal. [17]

In November 2018 Gilligan confirmed that he is working on a Breaking Bad movie. [18]

Other work

Gilligan first had a screenplay produced in 1993 for the romantic comedy film, Wilder Napalm . While working on The X-Files, one of Gilligan's early screenplays was produced as a film, Home Fries , which starred Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson. [19] Gilligan was hired by The X-Files creator Chris Carter to be a consulting producer on his new series Harsh Realm . After The X-Files, Gilligan wrote three episodes of the short lived police procedural series Robbery Homicide Division and an episode of the ABC series Night Stalker . In 2007, Gilligan and fellow The X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz wrote a sci-fi pilot entitled A.M.P.E.D. , which was not picked up for a full series. He also rewrote the screenplay for the 2008 Will Smith film Hancock , which was originally written by Vincent Ngo. [20]

Gilligan made his acting debut in 2014 in "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing", the ninth episode of the fifth season of NBC's comedy series Community . He plays a cheesy actor hosting "Pile of Bullets", a fictional 1990s VCR-based video game. [21] In September 2013, Sony announced that it struck a deal with CBS to produce a new television series created by Gilligan and David Shore entitled Battle Creek . Based on a script written by Gilligan ten years prior, the show follows the partnership of two police detectives who must compete with a seemingly-perfect FBI agent. Gilligan co-wrote the first episode with Shore, the showrunner of the series. [22] CBS ordered thirteen episodes and the series aired on CBS starting March 1, 2015. [23] CBS decided not to renew the series for a second season. [24]

Personal life

Gilligan has been with his girlfriend, Holly Rice, since 1991. [2] In an interview in 2011, Gilligan stated that he was raised Catholic, [25] but added, "I'm pretty much agnostic at this point in my life. But I find atheism just as hard to get my head around as I find fundamental Christianity. Because if there is no such thing as cosmic justice, what is the point of being good?" [26]

He further stated his philosophy as: "I feel some sort of need for biblical atonement, or justice, or something. I like to believe there is some comeuppance, that karma kicks in at some point, even if it takes years or decades to happen. My girlfriend says this great thing that's become my philosophy as well. 'I want to believe there's a heaven. But I can't not believe there's a hell.'" [26]

Filmography

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Gilligan and Aaron Paul at the 36th Saturn Awards on June 24, 2010

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993 Wilder Napalm Writer
1998 Home Fries Writer
2008 Hancock Co-writerWritten with Vincent Ngo
TBA Untitled Breaking Bad film Director and writer

Television

Production staff

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995–1996 The X-Files Creative consultantSeason 3
1996–1997Co-producerSeason 4
1997–1998Supervising producerSeason 5
1998–2000Co-executive producerSeasons 6–7
1999–2000 Harsh Realm Consulting producerSeason 1
2000–2002 The X-Files Executive producerSeasons 8–9
2001 The Lone Gunmen Co-creator
Executive producer
Season 1
2007 A.M.P.E.D. Executive producer Pilot
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Creator
Executive producer
Seasons 1–5
2015–present Better Call Saul Co-creator
Executive producer
Season 1–present
2015 Battle Creek Co-creator
Executive producer
Season 1

Writer

YearShowSeasonEpisodeEpisode numberOriginal airdateNotes
1995 The X-Files 2"Soft Light"23May 5, 1995
19963"Pusher"17February 23, 1996
4"Unruhe"4October 27, 1996
"Paper Hearts"10December 15, 1996
1997"Leonard Betts"12January 26, 1997Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Memento Mori"14February 9, 1997Written by Gilligan & Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz & John Shiban
"Small Potatoes"20April 20, 1997
5"Unusual Suspects"3November 16, 1997
"Christmas Carol"6December 7, 1997Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Emily"7December 14, 1997Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
1998"Kitsunegari"8January 4, 1998Written by Gilligan & Tim Minear
"Bad Blood"12February 22, 1998
"Folie a Deux"19May 10, 1998
6"Drive"2November 15, 1998
"Dreamland"4November 29, 1998Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Dreamland II"5December 6, 1998Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
1999"Tithonus"10January 24, 1999
"Monday"14February 28, 1999Written by Gilligan & John Shiban
"Three of a Kind"20May 2, 1999Written by Gilligan & John Shiban
"Field Trip"21May 9, 1999Teleplay by Gilligan & John Shiban
(Story by Frank Spotnitz)
7"Hungry"3November 21, 1999
"Millennium"4November 28, 1999Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
2000"The Amazing Maleeni"8January 16, 2000Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"X-Cops"12February 20, 2000
"Theef"14March 12, 2000Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Je Souhaite"21May 14, 2000Also director
8"Roadrunners"4November 26, 2000
2001 The Lone Gunmen 1"Pilot"1March 4, 2001Written by Gilligan & Chris Carter & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Bond, Jimmy Bond"2March 11, 2001Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Planet of the Frohikes"7April 6, 2001
"Maximum Byers"8April 13, 2001Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
"All About Yves"12May 11, 2001Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"The Cap'n Toby Show"13June 1, 2001Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
2002 The X-Files 9"John Doe"7January 13, 2002
"Jump the Shark"15April 21, 2002Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Sunshine Days"18May 12, 2002Also director
Robbery Homicide Division 1"Free and Clear"4November 30, 2002Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
"City of Strivers"7November 8, 2002
"Life is Dust"9November 30, 2002Teleplay written by Gilligan & Todd A. Kessler & Sean Jablonski
(Story by Michael Mann)
2005 Night Stalker 1"What's the Frequency, Kolchak?"10March 17, 2006
2007A.M.P.E.D.PilotWritten by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
2008 Breaking Bad 1"Pilot"1January 20, 2008Also director
"Cat's in the Bag..."2January 27, 2008
"...And the Bag's in the River"3February 10, 2008
"Cancer Man"4February 17, 2008
20092"Peekaboo"6April 12, 2009Written by Gilligan & J. Roberts
"ABQ"13May 31, 2009
20103"No Mas"1March 21, 2010
"Full Measure"13June 13, 2010Also director
20114"Box Cutter"1July 17, 2011
"End Times"12October 2, 2011Director only
"Face Off"13October 9, 2011Also director
20125"Live Free or Die"1July 15, 2012
"Madrigal"2July 22, 2012
2013"Felina"16September 29, 2013Also director
2015 Battle Creek 1"The Battle Creek Way"1March 1, 2015Written by Gilligan & David Shore
Better Call Saul 1"Uno"1February 8, 2015Also director
Written by Gilligan & Peter Gould
20162"Klick"10April 18, 2016Also director
Written by Gilligan & Heather Marion
20173"Mabel"1April 10, 2017Also director
Written by Gilligan & Peter Gould
"Witness"2April 17, 2017Director only
20184"Wiedersehen"9October 1, 2018Director only

Acting

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014 Community DevonEpisode: "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! The CommissionerEpisode: "Lil Jon Wears a Baseball Cap and Sunglasses"
2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Axalon (voice)Episode: "Mr. Rippen"
2018 American Dad! Himself (voice)Episode: "(You Gotta) Strike for Your Right"

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1997 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Nominated
1998Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesNominated
2008 Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2009 Writers Guild of America Award Best New Series Nominated
Best Episodic Drama Won
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2010 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Nominated
Humanitas Prize 60 Minute Category Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2011Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaNominated
Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesNominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Drama Series Nominated
Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesWon
Best Episodic DramaWon
Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Drama Series Nominated
Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Episode in a TV Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesNominated
2013Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Drama SeriesWon
Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaNominated
Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon
2014Directors Guild of America AwardOutstanding Directing – Drama SeriesWon
Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesWon
Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaWon
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best International Programme Won
Golden Globe Award Best Television Series - Drama Won
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Drama SeriesWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesNominated
2015Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
2016Writers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2017Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesNominated

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