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Philip Kaufman (I)Writer | Director | Producer
Date of Birth 23 October 1936, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Director and screenwriter Philip Kaufman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Chicago and later Harvard Law School. He won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes in 1965 for his film Goldstein (1964). He was the screenwriter for The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and was to direct it but was replaced as director by Clint Eastwood. Kaufman's first hit as director was Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), a remake of Don Siegel's 1956 sci-fi classic (in fact, Siegel has a cameo in it as a cab driver), and later, Kaufman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay on Material from Another Medium in 1988 for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). Kaufman's steamy Henry & June (1990) was the first film released by a major studio to be rated NC-17, which created much controversy.
Rose Kaufman (1958 - 7 December 2009) (her death) (1 child)
Constantly adapts best-seller novels such as The Right Stuff (1983), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) and Rising Sun (1993).
Stories involving writers/novelists (Henry & June (1990), Quills (2000), _Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)_).
Lives in his adopted home city of San Francisco
Father of Peter Kaufman
Runs his production company Walrus & Associates out of San Francisco with his family.
Worked with George Lucas developing Lucas' "Indiana Jones" project, coming up with the basic story of the search for the Ark of the Covenant, leading to his story credit on Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Biography in John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985," pp. 492-495. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Tosca Cafe, of which he is a frequent visitor, in San Francisco's North Beach has various photos depicting the filmmaker. Kaufman is a San Francisco resident whose office is located in the same area.
Met Anaïs Nin in 1962. Later, in 1990, he made a movie called Henry & June (1990) about her, her affairs with Henry Miller, and his wife June.
He spent 8 months in the mid-1970s working on a script for a Star Trek movie. At this same time, his friend George Lucas was making the first Star Wars film. Due to the poor buzz surrounding Star Wars prior to its release, Paramount decided to pull the plug on Kaufman's Star Trek project, with one of the studio executives saying "there's no future in science fiction." His script, which centered on the character of Spock, was abandoned and Paramount went in another direction when they resumed production on the first Star Trek film following the success of Star Wars.
Has directed 2 actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Sam Shepard, and Geoffrey Rush.