Kaplan, Jonathan 1947– (Jonathan Robert Kaplan)

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KAPLAN, Jonathan 1947
(Jonathan Robert Kaplan)


Born November 25, 1947, in Paris, France; son of Sol (a film composer) and Frances (an actress; maiden name, Heflin) Kaplan; nephew of Van Heflin (an actor); married Julie Selzer (a casting director); children: Molly. Education: New York University, B.F.A., film, 1969 (some sources site receiving M.F.A.); also attended University of Chicago, 196567; did postgraduate work at New World Pictures Roger Corman Post Graduate School of Film Making, 197173; tutored by Martin Scorsese.

Addresses: Agent United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actor, director, and screenwriter. Appeared in improvisational children's theater, 1964; worked as lighting designer, Filmore East Concert Hall, New York City, 196971.

Awards, Honors: Grand Prize, National Student Film Festival, c. 1970, for Stanley, Stanley; Golden Berlin Bear Award nomination, 1989, for The Accused; Theatre World Award, 1992; Golden Berlin Bear Award nomination, 1993, for Love Field; Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding drama series, 1999, 2000, 2001, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding directing for a drama series, 2000, 2001, all for ER.


Film Director:

Stanley Stanley (student film), 1970.

(And editor) Night Call Nurses, New World, 1972.

The Student Teachers, New World, 1973.

The Slams, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1973.

Truck Turner (also known as Black Bullet ), American International, 1974.

White Line Fever, Columbia, 1974.

Mr. Billion (also known as The Windfall ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1976.

Over the Edge, OrionWarner Bros., 1978.

Heart Like a Wheel, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1983.

Project X, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1987.

The Accused, Paramount, 1988.

Immediate Family, Columbia, 1989.

Unlawful Entry, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1992.

Love Field, Orion, 1992.

Bad Girls, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1994.

Brokedown Palace, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1999.

Film Work; Other:

Associate producer, Going Hollywood: The War Years (documentary), Warner Home Video, 1988.

Producer, Roller Blade Warriors: Taken by Force (also known as Power Blade Warrior: Taken by Force and Roller Blade Warriors ), Raedon Video, 1989.

Film Appearances:

Plaza Suite, 1971.

Scotty, Hollywood Boulevard, 1976.

Allnight gas station attendant, Cannonball (also known as Carquake ), 1976.

Himself, Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel, 1978.

Lawyer recruiter, The Firm, 1993.

Television Work; Series:

Consulting producer, ER, NBC, 20002001.

Producer, ER, NBC, 2003.

Also worked as story editor, JAG.

Television Director; Miniseries:

Picture Windows (also known as Picture Windows: Language of the Heart ), Showtime, 1995.

In Cold Blood, CBS, 1996.

Television Director; Movies:

The 11th Victim (also known as The Lakeside Killer ), CBS, 1978.

The Hustler of Muscle Beach, ABC, 1979.

The Gentleman Bandit (also known as The Bandit Priest ), CBS, 1980.

The Girls of the White Orchid (also known as Death Ride to Osaka ), NBC, 1983.

Reform School Girl, Showtime, 1994.

Television Work; Specials:

Coproducer, Unauthorized Biography: Richard M. Nixon, syndicated, 1989.

Television Director; Episodic:

ER, NBC, 19972003.

"Life Sentence," The Court, ABC, 2002.

Also directed "Since I Don't Have You," Fallen Angels, Showtime.

Stage Appearances:

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1957.


Music Videos:

Directed music videos, including Barbra Streisand's "Left in the Dark"; Rod Stewart's "Infatuation"; and John Cougar Mellancamp's "Rain on the Scarecrow," "Lonely Ole Night," "Smalltown," and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."



(With others) White Line Fever, Columbia, 1974.

Mr. Billion (also known as The Windfall ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1976.

Television Episodes:

(As Jonathan Robert Kaplan) "Flight Risk," JAG, CBS, 2000.

(As Jonathan Robert Kaplan) "Collision Course," JAG, CBS, 2001.

(With Paul J. Levine; as Jonathan Robert Kaplan) "To Walk on Wings," JAG, CBS, 2001.

Also wrote episodes of Sleepwalkers, NBC; and Mercy Point, UPN.