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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 is the youngest of three brothers. Alexander attended Stanford ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 81 wins & 127 nominations. See more awards »

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Nebraska Director
(2013)
The Descendants Producer
(2011)
Election Director
(1999)
Sideways Director
(2004)

Filmography

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 2020 Small Town Wisconsin (executive producer)
 2020 The Last Shift (executive producer)
 2017/I Crash Pad (executive producer)
 2017 Downsizing (producer)
 2015 Run Fast (Short) (executive producer)
 2014 Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (executive producer)
 2012 Breaking Night (Short) (executive producer)
 2009-2011 Hung (TV Series) (executive producer - 26 episodes)
- What's Going on Downstairs? or Don't Eat Prince Eric! (2011) ... (executive producer)
- Money on the Floor (2011) ... (executive producer)
- We're Golden or Crooks and Big Beaver (2011) ... (executive producer)
- F**k Me, Mr. Drecker or Let's Not Go to Jail (2011) ... (executive producer)
- Mister Drecker or Ease Up on the Whup-Ass (2011) ... (executive producer)
 2011 L Train (Short) (executive producer)
 2011 The Descendants (producer)
 2011 Cedar Rapids (producer)
 2009 Sideways (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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3 Interviews | 8 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Maria Kontou  (filed for divorce)  (1 child) | See more »

Parents:

Constantine, Peggy | Payne, George
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Personal Quote:

I don't want everything to be about the fucking Oscars. Does it keep me in business? Yes. The thing I lament is that we see good films only in the light of whether they get an Oscar. Where are those films throughout the year? Not just eight of them bunched up at the end, expecting to gird for battle. See more »

Trivia:

Did an uncredited polishing-up of the final draft of Meet the Parents (2000). See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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