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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 1957USA

Mini Bio (1)

Writer/Director Alan Shapiro studied at New York University film school, where his first student production, Briefly...Brian, won acclaim, including best student film at Cannes. It was shown at New York's Museum of Modern Art and on PBS, and helped him raise enough grant money to finance a second short, Meeting Halfway, which was bought by Showtime. Warner Brothers provided the balance of a college scholarship and summertime apprenticeship under Ken Russell on Altered States, and his career began.

Over the next few years he wrote Stonybrook for Warner Bros., wrote & directed the award-winning Tiger Town for Disney starring Roy Scheider, produced Disney's The Blue Yonder starring Peter Coyote and Art Carney, and penned the teleplay for NBC'S Crossing the Mob with Jason Bateman. Shapiro wrote, produced and directed Disney's The Christmas Star with Ed Asner and Fred Gwynne, and soon thereafter caught the eye of Francis Coppola, who produced his writing & directing efforts on Fox's pilot of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, which debuted with the highest overnight ratings in Fox's history.

Shapiro wrote and directed the Warner Bros. feature The Crush, which marked the film debut of his young discovery, Alicia Silverstone. Then wrote and directed the Universal Pictures feature Flipper starring Elijah Wood and Paul Hogan.

He has published articles in Premiere and Written By magazines, served as a WGA mentor, and teaches directing at USC Cinema Studies.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Charles Milne

Trivia (10)

Alan Shapiro, Morgan Creek Prods. and Warner Bros, were sued by a Los Angeles family alleging that the film The Crush (1993) libeled their daughter. Plaintiffs noted, among other things, that the film's central female character, a psychotic killer with an unrequited crush on the man who rents her parents' guest house, shared their daughter's first name Darian (which was changed to Adrian in later film releases). Shapiro, who promoted the film as inspired by a real-life experience, lived in the plaintiffs' guest house in 1982. The suit was eventually settled.
Son of actor/musician/dentist Donald Shapiro.
Brother of lawyer Elizabeth Shapiro and Anne Shapiro.
Has two sons.
From Detroit, Michigan.
Has 2 nieces and 3 nephews.
Next as director: "The New Girl", from his original screenplay, starring Hilary Duff. [November 2005]
In Turnaround. [January 2001]
"The New Girl": now starring Mischa Barton. [May 2007]
Writing/directing "An Uncommon Man" for 20th Century Fox.

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