Oscar Directors: Gilroy, Tony–Background, Career, Awards

Tony Gilroy Career Summation

Occupational Inheritance: Yes; father is Frank Gilroy; brother Dan Gilroy

Social Class: upper middle; father, playwright; mother sculptor

Race/Ethnicity: White

Nationality: US

Formal Education: Boston University, 2 yrs; dropped out

Training: screenwriter of Bourne franchise

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First Oscar Nomination: Michael Clayton, 2007; 41

Other Nominations: Screenplay

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Anthony Joseph Gilroy (born September 11, 1956) the American screenwriter and filmmaker who wrote the screenplays for the first four films of the Bourne series starring Matt Damon, among other successful films; he directed the fourth film of the franchise. He was nominated for Academy Awards for his direction and script for Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney.

Gilroy wrote and directed Duplicity, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, and co-wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Ruth Dorothy (née Gaydos), a sculptor and writer, and Frank D. Gilroy, an award-winning playwright, director, and movie producer, who received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Subject Was Roses in 1965. He is the brother of screenwriter Dan Gilroy and editor John Gilroy. Through his father, he is of Italian, Irish and German descent.

He has two children, Sam and Kathryn, and is married to Susan Gilroy.

Gilroy was raised in Washingtonville, New York. He graduated from Washingtonville High School in 1974[5][6] at 16 years old and attended Boston University for two years before dropping out to concentrate on his music career.[4][8]

Gilroy has written many scripts for film, starting with the script for The Cutting Edge in 1992. This was followed by Dolores Claiborne in 1995 and The Devil’s Advocate in 1997. He was one of five credited writers on Michael Bay’s Armageddon, the highest-grossing film of 1998. Gilroy’s next script was Proof of Life in 2000.

In 2002, 2003 and 2007 he wrote the screenplays for The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and wrote and directed the next installment of the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy (2012).

Also in 2007, he wrote and directed the film Michael Clayton, which won an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, nd was nominated for several Academy Awards including screenplay.

In 2009, Gilroy wrote and directed the romantic comedy spy film Duplicity, starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Tom Wilkinson. Gilroy is set, along with The Bourne Ultimatum co-screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, to write the script for the upcoming film Army of Two, based on the video game from EA Montreal.

In September 2013, Gilroy delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series.[10]

In 2016, Gilroy co-wrote the script to the sci-fi war film Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a prequel to the 1977 classic Star Wars. Gilroy shared writing duties with fellow filmmaker Chris Weitz.

Gilroy’s directorial debut was in 2007, when he directed the film Michael Clayton, which his brother John Gilroy edited. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. In addition to its Edgar Award, the film won one Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton). The film was a box-office success, grossing over $92 million worldwide.

He also wrote and directed his next film, Duplicity, released March 20, 2009, and starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Tom Wilkinson. He then took over as director of the next entry in the Bourne series as well as co-writing; the film, The Bourne Legacy, was released August 10, 2012, starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, and Albert Finney.

He is returning to the Star Wars franchise to serve as showrunner for the Cassian Andor show after Stephen Schiff left the show. Gilroy has set to write a pilot and direct multiple episodes for the TV series. [11]

Feature films
Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
1992 The Cutting Edge Yes
1995 Dolores Claiborne Yes
1996 Extreme Measures Yes
1997 The Devil’s Advocate Yes with Jonathan Lemkin
1998 Armageddon Yes with Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams and Shane Salerno
2000 Bait Yes Executive with Andrew Scheinman and Adam Scheinman
Proof of Life Yes Executive
2002 The Bourne Identity Yes with William Blake Herron
2004 The Bourne Supremacy Yes
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Yes with Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi
Michael Clayton Yes Yes Directorial debut
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
Uncredited voice cameo as “Taxi Driver”
2009 Duplicity Yes Yes
State of Play Yes with Matthew Carnahan and Billy Ray
2012 The Bourne Legacy Yes Yes with Dan Gilroy
2014 Nightcrawler Yes
2016 Rogue One Yes with Chris Weitz;
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Film Screenplay
Uncredited director of reshoots
Uncredited voice cameo as “Rebel Flight Controller”
The Great Wall Yes with Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro
2018 Beirut Yes Yes
Television and web
Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1993 For Better and for Worse Yes Television film
2012 HBO First Look Yes Episode “The Bourne Legacy”
2015-2016 House of Cards Consulting 26 episodes
2018 Hammerhead Executive Television film
2021 Untitled Cassian Andor series Yes Yes Executive Series for Disney+ “Also Showrunner”