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Date of Birth 19 January 1947Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameWayne Douglas Claybourne

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Houston, Texas, raised and educated in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Doug Claybourne first came into the film business from a background of advertising and art direction studies after obtaining a BS degree from the University of Tulsa. Thereafter came two years of post graduate study at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles before Claybourne turned to film. It took a six month stint as an assistant art director on The City of San Francisco magazine and a working relationship with the owner, Francis Coppola, to convince Claybourne to make the switch official.

Early in 1976, during his first semester of film school after exiting City magazine, Claybourne, prompted by a quote attributed to Coppola, "...the problem with most film students is, they're afraid to take risks," Claybourne offered to work "at no charge" for the next eight weeks, just to find out if the movie business was something he really wanted to pursue over the long term. The film was Apocalypse Now (1979) and eight weeks turned out to be 3 1/2 years.

Falling back on his Vietnam, Marine Corps experience, he joined the Coppola unit in the Philippines as a production assistant wrangling helicopters. Later he became the assistant director on the 2nd unit, coordinating the shooting of helicopter and patrol boat footage. Eventually, he graduated to the main unit taking over as Coppola's 1st assistant director. He stayed on after shooting as the post production coordinator and special assistant to the producers during the remaining two and a half years of production and post production until the release in August 1979.

Claybourne's mentor association with Coppola and Zoetrope continued through the years with "The Black Stallion" (1979) (assistant director), "The Escape Artist" (1982) (producer), "The Black Stallion Returns" (1983) (producer/assistant director), "Rumble Fish" (1983) (producer), "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986), (assistant director) and "Jack" (1996), as executive producer.

The Zoetrope relationship also produced the 1992 Emmy and ACE award winning documentary, "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" (1991), which Claybourne conceived with George Zaloom and executive produced with his long time associate Fred Roos. "Hearts of Darkness" was directed by Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper with the original documentary footage directed and shot by Eleanor Coppola.

Claybourne also produced "Ernest Saves Christmas" (1988) for Disney's Touchstone banner as a birthday present for his daughter Signe Laurin, born December 6.

In July of 1998, Claybourne completed work on "The Mask of Zorro" (1998) for 'Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Tristar Pictures. Zorro filmed on location in multiple locations across Mexico. The picture was nominated for two Golden Globes, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Antonio Banderas along with two academy awards nominations for Sound and Sound Effects achievement.

Claybourne met Rob Cohen while doing a favor for a friend, as an assistant director during the making of "The Legend of Billie Jean." This meeting led to a three picture producing association with the Taft/Barish company and more recently to The Fast and the Furious (2001) with Cohen directing. This film became Doug's son's favorite movie and his birthday present at 14. It was also touted as a "cultural phenomenon" as it opened to a phenomenal June 22, 2001 weekend of $41.7 million with a negative cost of $39 million dollars.

Other movies with Cohen were Light of Day (1987) with 'Michael J. Fox and Serpent and the Rainbow, (1988) with Wes Craven directing and the opportunity to meet and share producing credit with David Ladd.

Claybourne completed production on "North Country," with Charlize Theron, Fran McDormand, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson with Niki Caro directing in New Mexico and Minnesota in 2004. Thereafter he produced the documentary "Every Twenty One Seconds...8 stories of Brain Injuries:" written and directed by his partner, writer/director Laura Napier which completed post in November 2005. The documentary is narrated by Woody Harrelson and was released in 2006. This is one of the first documentaries outlining the challenge of traumatic brain injury to veterans.

Doug executive produced "Nights in Rodanthe" with Diane Lane and Richard Gere which was released in 2008 to a $72 million world wide gross and his 3rd picture with Ms. Lane.

Doug continues to actively develop projects for his production company, Poetry & Pictures Inc. while pursuing his passion for writing poetry and painting in watercolors. He has written more than twenty five books of poetry, since 1995, only one of which has he self published.

That book is entitled "One hundred love sonnets and one sad poem..." It was given as a wrap gift following filming of "The Mask of Zorro." It was written as one poem per day during the hundred days of filming.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Doug Claybourne

Personal Quotes (1)

You don't get what you don't ask for. That is, you have to tell the universe out loud what it is you want - and be careful what you ask for, because it has been my experience, that you will definitely get it.

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