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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 March 1973Fremont, California, USA
Birth NameLen Ryan Wiseman
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Filmmaker Len Wiseman's career began through his work in the art department on the blockbuster hits like Godzilla (1998), Men in Black (1997), and Independence Day (1996). His design talents soon got him behind the camera directing commercials for PlayStation, Time Warner, Oracle, Intel, and Activision, and quickly lead to work in music videos. Len received numerous award nominations, including Best Art Direction at the 2002 MTV Awards for Quarashi's Screaming Masterpiece (2005) (aka Stick 'Em Up) and Best Director at the 2002 MVPA Awards for the Rufus Wainwright video "Across the Universe." In addition, Wiseman directed music videos for Megadeth, En Vogue, Static-X, Paul Oakenfold and Brooke Allison.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: J.B.

Spouse (2)

Kate Beckinsale (9 May 2004 - present)
Dana (? - 2002) (divorced)

Trivia (9)

June 2003: Engaged to actress Kate Beckinsale.
Has a stepdaughter named Lily Mo Sheen (b. January 1999).
Married Kate Beckinsale on May 9th, 2004, at the Bel-Air Hotel. He gave Kate's daughter, Lily, her own wedding ring.
Len and writer Danny McBride met through their agent, [error] at ICM. The two hit it off through their common love and fan's knowledge of genre films.
Len came to the attention of Skip Williamson, President of Lakeshore Records. After seeing his work on the set of the Rufus Wainwright video, Williamson made the push for Lakeshore to take a look at Underworld (2003).
He studied film at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, making two short films there, the second of which helped him land his first professional gig.
Wiseman was 15 years old when he saw the first Die Hard (1988). Once back at home, he made his own version of the film in his own backyard on the family video camera. Twenty years later, he got to direct Live Free or Die Hard (2007).
Filming Underworld: Evolution (2006). [November 2005]
Finishing up post-production on the third Die Hard sequel, Live Free or Die Hard (2007). [June 2007]

Personal Quotes (3)

[on the film Underworld (2003)] It was quite shocking, the DVD sales had matched the box-office sales, and it definitely has been something that has grown.
Die Hard (1988), Indiana Jones and Lethal Weapon (1987) were the movies that really kicked it off for me in high school. I saw a making-of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) documentary and thought, "Man, that's the job I want to do".
I'd been jumping on movies as the prop guy or drawing storyboards before I joined the art department on Stargate, Independence Day and Godzilla. When I was pitching the script for Underworld, I did 12 detailed production drawings, which the producers later told me made them feel more comfortable about going with a first- time director.

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