Bean, Henry 1945–

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BEAN, Henry 1945


Born August 3, 1945, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Donald (a lawyer) and Fahny (maiden name, Schorr) Bean; married Nancy Eliason, January 3, 1968 (divorced, February 14, 1970); married Leora Barish (a writer), March 23, 1980; children: Max. Education: Yale University, B.A., 1967; Stanford University, M.A., 1973. Politics: "Left." Religion: Jewish.

Addresses: Agent Alan Gasmer, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Writer, producer, director, and actor. Monte Vista High School, Danville, CA, teacher of English and journalism, 196971.

Member: Writer's Guild of America West.

Awards, Honors: Award from PENLos Angeles, first book of fiction, 1983, for False Match; Grand Jury Prize, dramatic category, Sundance Film Festival, Screen International Award nomination, European Film Awards, Open Palm Award, Gotham Awards, Golden St. George Award and Russian Film Clubs Federation Award, both Moscow International Film Festival, nomination for Bronze Horse, Stockholm Film Festival, all 2001, Independent Spirit Award nominations, best first feature and best screenplay, 2002, and Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination, most promising director, 2003, all for The Believer.


Film Work:

Producer (with Pierre David), Deep Cover, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Director, The Believer, Fireworks Pictures, 2002.

Film Appearances:

Customer in bar, Venus Rising, IRS Releasing, 1995.

Stein, Un divan a New York (also known as A Couch in New York and Eine Couch in New York ), Northern Arts Entertainment, 1997.

Ilio Manzetti, The Believer, Fireworks Pictures, 2002.



Showboat 1988: The Remake (also known as Showboat 1988 ), 1977.

(With Shirl Hendryx) Running Brave, Buena Vista, 1983.

(With Pascal Bonitzer, Chantal Akerman, Jean Grualt, and Leora Barish) Golden Eighties (also known as Window Shopping ), Pari/Gerick, 1986.

Internal Affairs, Paramount, 1990.

(With Michael Tolkin) Deep Cover, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Johnny Mnemonic, 1995.

Mulholland Falls, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1996.

Last Man Standing, New Line Cinema, 1996.

Enemy of the State, Buena Vista, 1998.

Desperate Measures, TriStar, 1998.

Armageddon, Buena Vista, 1998.

The Believer, Fireworks Pictures, 2002.

Also wrote (with Barish) Desire; (with Barish) Labyrinth Nine; and Who You Know.

Television Episodes:

The Hitchhiker, HBO and USA Network, 1983.

K Street, HBO, 2003.


False Match, Simon & Schuster, 1982.


The film Venus Rising, released by IRS Releasing in 1995, was based on a story by Bean and others.