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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)
 1993 Willie Nelson: The Big Six-0 (TV Special documentary) (segment 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:

[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 »

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Is on the short list of directors who has final cut rights to his films. See more »

Trademark:

Often sets his films in and around Omaha, Nebraska. See more »

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