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Alexander Payne (I)


Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers. Alexander attended Stanford University, ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 81 wins & 123 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Descendants
The Descendants Producer
(2011)
Sideways
Sideways Director
(2004)
About Schmidt
About Schmidt Director
(2002)
Election
Election Director
(1999)

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 2017/I Crash Pad (executive producer)
 2017 Downsizing (producer)
 2014 Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (executive producer)
 2011 The Descendants (producer)
 2011 Cedar Rapids (producer)
 2009 Saidoweizu (executive producer)
 2007 King of California (producer)
 2007 The Savages (executive producer)
 2006/I Gray Matters (executive producer)
 2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon (executive producer)
 1991 The Passion of Martin (producer)
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Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[re I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)] "Chuck and Larry" was a disappointment. When Jim (Taylor) and I wrote the script, we went with a dark comedy approach. We knew when (Adam) Sandler was brought on board that he would toss out our work, bring his buddies on board, and turn it into a juvenile slapstick piece. That's fine, but that's not our work. About 5, maybe 10 percent of our ... See more »

Trivia:

One of his motivations to move the title character of About Schmidt (2002) from New York City in the novel to Payne's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska was as a tribute to the great history of "creative" people that hail from that small Midwestern city. Other famous people who are originally from Omaha include Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Montgomery Clift and Nick Nolte. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently uses actual people in roles of minor characters in his movies (real life policemen for policemen, real life restaurant servers for servers, real life teachers for teachers) See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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