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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 18 March 1960Austin, Texas, USA
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Steve Kloves was born on March 18, 1960 in Austin, Texas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).

Trivia (9)

Attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California.
Before he was hired to write the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), had never even heard of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series.
The Fabulous Baker Boys is one of J.K. Rowling's favorite films.
Says that Hermione Granger is his favorite character to write in the Harry Potter scripts.
Did not adapt "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" into a screenplay, but returned to adapt "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.", Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2".
According to the DVD extras for Wonder Boys (2000), his last name is pronounced "clovis," not "cloves.".
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).
Director Chris Columbus stayed up until 3am rewriting Kloves's script for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) each day when he first got it. It was already a good script but Columbus wanted to talk about the visuals. He told Warner Bros he had rewritten the script for free and that made an impression on them because that didn't happen in Hollywood, where they have to be paid for everything. Because Columbus had done that without any pressure from Warner Bros, it made the difference and after subsequent meetings and five weeks later, he got the job of directing it.
Casting the role of Harry Potter was a big challenge; they saw 5000 auditions and none of them felt right. Director Chris Columbus saw Daniel Radcliffe in David Copperfield (1999) and showed it to the casting director and said Radcliffe was the one and that he was amazing. But she said they wouldn't get him because his parents wanted him to focus on his schoolwork and not acting as well as all the attention he'd get. So they interviewed Harry Potter's of different nationalities all over the world and still hadn't found him. She got frustrated with Columbus because he had his heart set on Radcliffe. By sheer coincidence, the producer and Kloves, the screenwriter of the Sorcerer's Stone both went the theatre and in the front row was Radcliffe with his father, so they talked and slowly persuaded him to cast Radcliffe.

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