Zwick, Edward 1952– (Ed Zwick)

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ZWICK, Edward 1952
(Ed Zwick)


Full name, Edward M. Zwick; born October 8, 1952, in Chicago (some sources cite Winnetka), IL; son of Allen and Ruth Ellen (maiden name, Reich) Zwick; married Lynn Liberty Godshall (a writer), October 24, 1982. Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1974; American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies, M.F.A., c. 1976.

Addresses: Office Bedford Falls Company, 409 Santa Monica Blvd., Penthouse, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Agent Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Writer, director, and producer. Bedford Falls Company (production company), Santa Monica, CA, founder and partner (with Marshall Herskovitz), c. 1985; Academy Festival, Lake Forest, IL, apprentice. Worked as editor and feature writer for New Republic and Rolling Stone, 197274.

Member: Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America West.

Awards, Honors: Rockefeller Foundation fellow in Europe, 1970s; Chicago International Film Festival Award, student film category, 1976, for Timothy and the Angel; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding drama series, and Humanitas Prize, Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute, both 1980, for Family; Humanitas Prize (with Marshall Herskovitz), ninety minute category, Emmy awards (with others), outstanding drama special and outstanding writing in a miniseries or special, all 1983, Writers Guild of America Award (with Herskovitz), outstanding original drama anthology, 1984, and Directors Guild of America Award, outstanding directorial achievement in dramatic specials, 1984, all for Special Bulletin; Emmy Award (with others), 1988, and Emmy Award nomination (with others), 1991, both outstanding drama series, and Golden Globe Award (with others), best television drama series, 1989, all for thirtysomething; Writers Guild of America Award (with Herskovitz), outstanding episodic drama, 1989, for pilot of thirtysomething; Golden Globe Award nomination, best director of a motion picture, 1990, for Glory; Franklin J. Schaffner Award, American Film Institute, 1992; Bronze Wrangler Award (with others), Western Heritage awards, outstanding theatrical motion picture, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best director of a motion picture, both 1995, for Legends of the Fall; Lone Star Film and Television Award, best director, 1997, for Courage under Fire; Academy Award, Film Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Florida Film Critics Circle Award, all best picture, Golden Satellite Award, International Press Academy, best comedy or musical motion picture, and Golden Laurel Award nomination, Producers Guild of America, motion picture producer of the year, all with others, all 1999, for Shakespeare in Love; Golden Satellite Award (with others), best motion picture drama, 2000, New York Film Critics Circle Award (with others), best picture, 2000, and Academy Award nomination (with others), best picture, 2001, all for Traffic; Humanitas Prize (with Herskovitz), sixty minute category, 2001, for "Food for Thought," Once and Again; Stanley Kramer Award (with others), Producers Guild of America, 2002, for IAm Sam; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding writing for a variety, music, or comedy program, 2002, for America: A Tribute to Heroes; National Board of Review Award, best director, Saturn Award nomination, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, best director, and Laurel Award nomination (with others), motion picture producer of the year, all 2004, for The Last Samurai.


Television Work; Series:

Story editor, Family, ABC, beginning 1976.

Producer (with others), Family, ABC, 19791980.

Creator and executive producer, thirtysomething, ABC, 19871991.

Executive producer, My SoCalled Life, ABC, 19941995, later broadcast on MTV.

Producer (with Marshall Herskovitz), Relativity, ABC, 19961997.

Creator and executive producer (both with Herskovitz), Once and Again, ABC, 19992002.

Television Work; Movies:

Director, Having It All, 1982.

Producer and (as Ed Zwick) director, Special Bulletin, NBC, 1983.

Executive producer, Extreme CloseUp (also known as Home Video ), NBC, 1990.

Executive producer, Cowboys and Idiots (also known as Coyboys and Idiots, Lone Star State of Mind, and Road to Hell ), Starz!, 2002.

Executive producer, Women vs. Men, Showtime, 2002.

Television Work; Specials:

Executive producer, Rock the Vote, Fox, 1992.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Ballerina," Family, ABC, 1979.

The Best Times, NBC, 1985.

"The Parents Are Coming, the Parents Are Coming," thirtysomething, ABC, 1987.

"Accounts Receivable," thirtysomething, ABC, 1988.

"Arizona," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990.

My SoCalled Life, ABC, episodes from 1994 to 1995, later broadcast on MTV.

"Unsilent Night," Relativity, ABC, 1996.

"Where There's Smoke," Once and Again, ABC, 1999.

"Food for Thought," Once and Again, ABC, 2000.

"Unfinished Business," Once and Again, ABC, 2000.

"Gardenia," Once and Again, ABC, 2002.

Television Work; Pilots:

Director, Paper Dolls, ABC, 1982.

Director, The Insiders, ABC, 1985.

Executive producer, Sawdust, CBS, 1987.

Executive producer, The Castle, ABC, 1998.

Director, Once and Again, ABC, 1999.

Executive producer, The Only Living Boy in New York, Fox, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

(Uncredited) Dr. Daniel Rosenfeld, a recurring role, Once and Again, ABC, 20002002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Moderator, Women vs. Men, Showtime, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, Frank Capra's American Dream, 1997.

Himself, The 71st Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1999.

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

Himself, America Responds: A Special Report, PBS, 2001.

Himself, Inside "thirtysomething," Bravo, 2001.

Sarge!, History Channel, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, The Museum of Television and Radio: Influences, Bravo, c. 2000.

Film Director:

About Last Night, TriStar, 1986.

Glory, TriStar, 1989.

Leaving Normal, Universal, 1992.

Legends of the Fall, TriStar, 1994.

Courage under Fire, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1996.

The Siege, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

The Last Samurai (also known as The Last Samurai: Bushidou ), Warner Bros., 2003.

Also made the short film Timothy and the Angel, American Film Institute.

Film Producer:

(With Bill Wittliff and Marshall Herskovitz) Legends of the Fall, TriStar, 1994.

Dangerous Beauty (also known as A Destiny of Her Own and The Honest Courtesan ), Warner Bros., 1998.

(With others) Shakespeare in Love, Miramax, 1998.

The Siege, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

Executive Search, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1999.

Traffic (also known as TrafficDie Macht des Kartells ), USA Films, 2000.

I Am Sam, Miramax, 2001.

Abandon, Paramount, 2002.

The Last Samurai (also known as The Last Samurai: Bushidou ), Warner Bros., 2003.



The Siege, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

The Last Samurai (also known as The Last Samurai: Bushidou ), Warner Bros., 2003.

Teleplays; Stories for Movies:

(With Marshall Herskovitz) Special Bulletin, NBC, 1983.

Extreme CloseUp (also known as Home Video ), NBC, 1990.

Teleplays; Specials:

(With others) America: A Tribute to Heroes, multiple networks, 2001.

Teleplays; Episodic:

"Ballerina," Family, ABC, 1979.

"From Russia with Love," Family, ABC, 1979.

"Letting Go," Family, ABC, 1980.

thirtysomething, ABC, multiple episodes, between 1987 and 1991.

Once and Again, ABC, multiple episodes, between 1999 and 2002.

Teleplays; Pilots:

(With Marshall Herskovitz) thirtysomething, ABC, 1987.

The Castle, ABC, 1998.

Once and Again, ABC, 1999.


Editor, Literature and Liberalism: An Anthology of Sixty Years of the New Republic, introduction by Irving Howe, New Republic Book Company, 1976.

Contributor to periodicals, including New York Times.



American Film, January, 1990, p. 58.

Cineaste, Volume 22, issue 3, 1996, pp. 1113.

Entertainment Weekly, November 13, 1998, p. 36.

Esquire, November, 1990, p. 160.

Film Comment, January/February, 1990, p. 22.