Gaghan, Stephen 1965-

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Gaghan, Stephen 1965-


Full name, Stephen Wharton Gaghan; born May 6, 1965, in Louisville, KY; married Marian "Minnie" Mortimer, May 19, 2007; children: (with Michael McCraine, an actress, model, and photographer) Gardner, Betsy. Education: Attended business college in Massachusetts and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.


Agent—William Morris Agency, One William Morris Pl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Screenwriter, story editor, and director. Unnamed Stephen Gaghan Company, principal; directed a television commercial for Wii video game system, 2006, and MasterCard, 2007. Previously founded a catalog company, Fallen Empire, Inc.; worked for The Paris Review; also worked as a receptionist, graphic designer, photographer's assistant, and political fundraiser.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding writing for a drama series, 1997, for NYPD Blue; Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination (with others), best television episode, Mystery Writers of America, 1998, for The Practice; Sierra Award nomination, best screenplay—original, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, 2000, Academy Award, best writing, screenplay based on material previously produced or published, Film Award, best screenplay—adapted, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Globe Award, best screenplay—motion picture, Writers Guild of America Screen Award, best screenplay based on material previously produced or published, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, best screenplay—adapted, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best screenplay—adapted, International Press Academy, Online Film Critics Association Award nomination, best screenplay, Edgar Allan Poe Award (with Simon Moore), best motion picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination, best screenplay, Critics Choice Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association, best screenplay—adapted, 2001, all for Traffic; Best Film Award nomination, Sitges—Catalonian International Film Festival, 2003, for Abandon; National Board of Review Award, best screenplay—adapted, 2005, Academy Award nomination, best writing—original screenplay, Writers Guild of America Screen Award nomination, best adapted screenplay, University of Southern California Scripter Award nomination (with Robert Baer), Edgar Allan Poe Award (with Baer), best motion picture screenplay, 2006, Robert Festival Award nomination, best American film, 2007, all for Syriana.


Film Director:

Abandon, Paramount, 2002.

Syriana, Warner Bros., 2005.

Film Appearances:

Adam, Alfie, Paramount, 2004.

Television Work; Series:

Story editor, American Gothic, CBS, 1995.

Coproducer, Sleepwalkers, NBC, 1997.

Executive story editor, The Practice, ABC, 1997-98.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Inside "Traffic": The Making of "Traffic," 2000.

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2001.

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2001.

Hollywood High, AMC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Syriana," HBO First Look, HBO, 2005.

The Big Story, 2005.

The Charlie Rose Show, PBS, 2005.

"Inside the Academy Awards," Sunday Morning Shootout, AMC, 2006.

The Film Programme (also known as Film 2006), BBC, 2006.

"Stephen Gaghan/Ani DiFranco," The Henry Rollins Show, Independent Film Channel, 2006.

Entourage, HBO, 2007.



I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Sony, 1998.

Rules of Engagement (also known as Les regeles d'engagement, Rules—Sekunden der entscheidung, and Rules of Engagement—Die Regein des krieges), Paramount, 2000.

Traffic (also known as Traffic—Die Macht des kartells), USA Films, 2000.

(Uncredited rewrite) Black Hawk Down, Sony, 2001.

(Uncredited) Phone Booth, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002.

Abandon, Paramount, 2002.

The Alamo (also known as Bowie), Buena Vista, 2004.

Havoc, New Line Home Video, 2005.

Syriana, Warner Bros., 2005.

Television Episodes:

New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1994.

"Damned If You Don't," American Gothic, CBS, 1995.

"Where's 'Swaldo," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1996.

"First Degree," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

"Sex, Lies and Monkeys," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Sleepwalkers, 1997.

Published short fiction in The Iowa Review.