Zwick, Edward: Director Career; Filmography

Edward M. Zwick He has worked primarily as director and/or producer of serio-comedies or epic historical films, including About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, and The Last Samurai.

Edward M. Zwick was born October 8, 1952 into a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth Ellen (née Reich) and Allen Zwick.

He attended New Trier High School, received an A.B. at Harvard in 1974, and attended the AFI Conservatory, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975.

His films include Glory (1989), Legends of the Fall (1994), The Siege (1998), The Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006), and Defiance (2008).

Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a film production company called The Bedford Falls Company (inspired by the name of the town featured in Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life).

This company has produced Traffic and Shakespeare in Love and the TV shows thirtysomething, Relativity, Once and Again, and My So-Called Life.

Zwick was one of the recipients of the Best Picture Oscar for Shakespeare in Love; he was also nominated in the same category for Traffic, for which Soderbergh won his first and only Best Director Oscar.

Filmography

1986

About Last Night…
Directing Debut

1989
Glory

1992
Leaving Normal

1994
Legends of the Fall

1996
Courage Under Fire

1998
The Siege

2003
The Last Samurai

2006
Blood Diamond

2008
Defiance

2010
Love & Other Drugs

2014
Pawn Sacrifice

2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

The Great Wall
Story

2017
American Assassin

writer

2018
Trial by Fire

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