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Helgeland, Brian 1961–

PERSONAL

Full name, Brian Thomas Helgeland; born January 17, 1961 in Providence, RI; raised in New Bedford, MA; son of Karin Helgeland; children: two. Education: Southern Massachusetts University (now University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth), B.A., English, 1983 (some sources say he graduated from Loyola Marymount University); attended Boston University and Loyola Marymount University.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Producer, director, and writer. Previously worked as a commercial fisherman, c. early 1980s.

Awards, Honors: Society of Texas Film Critics Award, best adapted screenplay, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, best screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, best screenplay, New York Film Critics Circle Award, best screenplay, 1997, Academy Award, best writing—screenplay based on material from another medium, Writers Guild of America Award (Screen), best screenplay based on material previously produced or published, Film Award nomination, best screenplay—adapted, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Globe Award nomination, best screenplay—motion picture, ALFS Award, screenwriter of the year, London Film Critics Circle Film Awards, Edgar Allan Poe Award, best motion picture, Mystery Writers of American, University of Southern California (USC) Scripter Award (with Curtis Hanson and James Ellroy), Friends of the USC Libraries, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, best adapted screenplay, Golden Satellite Award, best motion picture screenplay—adaptation, International Press Academy, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, best screenplay—adapted, Online Film Critics Society Award, best screenplay, National Society of Film Critics Award, best screenplay, Sierra Award, best screenplay, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, Florida Film Critics Award, best screenplay, Chlotrudis Award, best screenplay, Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, best screenplay, 1998, all awards shared with Cutis Hanson, all for L.A. Confidential; Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination, best motion picture, 1997, for Conspiracy Theory; Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (with Warren Beatty and Jeremy Parker), best screenplay, 1998, for Bulworth; Audience Award, Cognac Festival du Film Policier, 1999, for Payback; Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, best screenplay—adapted, 2003, Writers Guild of America Award (Screen) nomination, best adapted screenplay, USC Scripter Award (with Dennis Lehane), Golden Satellite Award, best screenplay—adapted, Literary Award, screenplay, PEN Center USA West, Online Film Critics Association Award nomination, best screenplay—adapted, Golden Globe Award nomination, best screenplay—motion picture, Edgar Allen Poe Award nomination (with Dennis Lehane), best motion picture screenplay, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination, best writer, Film Award nomination, best screenplay—adapted, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Discover Screenwriting Award nomination, American Screenwriters Association, Academy Award nomination, best writing—screenplay based on material previously produced or published, 2004, all for Mystic River.

CREDITS

Film Work:

Coproducer, Highway to Hell, Hemdale Releasing, 1992.

Coproducer, L.A. Confidential, Warner Bros., 1997.

Director, Payback (also known as Parker), Paramount, 1998.

Director and producer, A Knight's Tale, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000.

Director and producer, The Order (also known as The Sin Eater and Sin Eater—Die seele des bosen), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Film Appearances:

Himself, L.A. Confidential … Off the Record (documentary short), Warner Home Video, 1998.

Himself, The Rules of Love (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, The Rock Music Scene in 1370 (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, Stories for the People (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, The Marquee Event (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, Tournaments: A Cross Between Pro Football and Stock Car Racing (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, Heath Ledger Profile (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, School of Hard Knocks (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, The World's First Sports Promoter (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, Sexy Armour and a Rock Band on Tour (documentary short), Columbia TriStar, 2001.

Himself, "Mystic River": Beneath the Surface (documentary short), Warner Home Video, 2004.

Himself, "Mystic River": From Page to Screen (documentary short), Warner Home Video, 2004.

Himself, Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing "Man on Fire" (documentary), Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2005.

Television Work; Episodic:

Director, "A Slight Case of Murder," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1996.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998.

Himself, The Making of "A Knight's Tale" (documentary), HBO, 2001.

Himself, The Making of "Man on Fire" (documentary), 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "A Knight's Tale," HBO First Look, HBO, 2001.

Himself, "Man on Fire," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

WRITINGS

Screenplays:

(With Scott Pierce) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (based on a story by Helgeland and William Kotzwinkle), New Line Cinema, 1988.

(With Rhet Topham) 976-EVIL, New Line Cinema, 1988.

Highway to Hell, Hemdale Releasing, 1992.

Assassins (also known as Day of Reckoning), Warner Bros., 1995.

(With Curtis Hanson) L.A. Confidential (based on a novel by James Ellroy), Warner Bros., 1997.

Conspiracy Theory, Warner Bros., 1997.

(With Eric Roth) The Postman (based on a novel by David Brin), Warner Bros., 1997.

Payback (also known as Parker), Paramount, 1998.

(With Warren Beatty and Jeremy Pikser) Bulworth, 1998.

A Knight's Tale, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000.

Blood Work, Warner Bros., 2002.

Mystic River, Warner Bros., 2003.

The Order (also known as The Sin Eater and Sin Eater—Die seele des bosen), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Man on Fire, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Cirque du Freak, 2006.

Television Episodes:

Friday the 13th: The Series (also known as Friday the 13th and Friday's Curse), syndicated, 1987.

"A Slight Case of Murder," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1996.

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

Entertainment Weekly, August 8, 1997, p. 37.

The Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA), March 19, 1998.

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