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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 8 August 1963New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJonathan Charles Turteltaub

Mini Bio (1)

Jon Turteltaub was born on August 8, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Jonathan Charles Turteltaub. He is a producer and director, known for National Treasure (2004), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010). He has been married to Amy Eldon since July 6, 2006.

Spouse (1)

Amy Eldon (6 July 2006 - present)

Trivia (6)

Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1988)
Graduated from Wesleyan University in 1985. Is one of at least six recent graduates of this Connecticut college to rise to success as a film director, along with fellow alumni such as Miguel Arteta, Michael Bay, Ruben Fleischer, Joss Whedon, and Benh Zeitlin.
Nephew of Fritzi Burr and Aaron Heyman.
Once beat out fellow Beverly Hills High School classmate Nicolas Cage for a role in Thornton Wilder's play Our Town.

Personal Quotes (6)

In adventure films, the danger is more important than the violence. And I think wish-fulfillment plays into the appeal. For adults, a good adventure film can really tap into childhood passions.
There's something more literary about adventure films [that keeps them timeless]. That quality may be hard to define, but you know it when you see it. 'Pirates of the Caribbean' harks back to Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island.'
Most treasure hunt movies take place abroad and in the past, which from the audience standpoint means laws are different, rules are different, the people in the third world can get shot in bunches and that's okay. But we couldn't shoot our own cops, our own FBI. We couldn't have the public get endangered. So suddenly we had all of these restrictions that made it much harder to do an action film.
It was really important to me - and it might have been the obnoxious director thing - but I just insisted that we go to the places where we were shooting. It felt like if we're going to celebrate these aspects of American history, I want the movie to look real, not fake. [on shooting on location]
Then I was in college being miserable and studying and [Nicolas Cage] was making a lot of money and getting fame and fortune and being on the cover of GQ. I have since become successful and still never been asked to be on the cover of GQ.
Nic [Nicolas Cage] was a junior and I was a senior. It's hard to believe he's younger than I am. Nic was like the cool outsider - he kind of had this James Dean quality - but he thinks he was the loser who didn't fit in. But he doesn't realize all the girls think that's hot.

Salary (1)

The Kid (2000) $5,000,000

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