JON TURTELTAUB (Director),
as one of the brightest new directors in Hollywood, has been able
to capture audiences' attention with his powerful and emotional
In 1998, Turteltaub made an essential contribution to one of the
most significant and successful television miniseries in history,
"From the Earth to the Moon." The ten-part HBO dramatic
series featured different stories surrounding the American conquest
of the moon. Turteltaub directed the seventh episode of the series,
entitled "That's All There Is," which portrayed the
camaraderie of the crew of Apollo 12. Turteltaub was nominated
by the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for
Television for his efforts and the series received ten Emmy Awards
and the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture
Made for Television.
Turteltaub has also directed four successful films for the Walt
Disney Company, including the blockbuster hit, "Phenomenon.'
Starring John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker and Kyra
Sedgwick, "Phenomenon" was one of the biggest hits of
1996 grossing over $100 million domestically.
In 1993, he directed the surprise hit comedy, "Cool Runnings,"
which was Disney's highest grossing live-action film for the year.
Other credits include the Sandra Bullock hit romantic comedy "While
You Were Sleeping," and 1992's "3 Ninjas," which
was Disney's most profitable film of the year.
Born in New York City and raised in Beverly Hills, Turteltaub
got his BA at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received
his Masters degree at The USC Film School. His father, Saul Turteltaub,
is a very successful television producer with credits on hit shows
such as "Sanford & Son," "What's Happening,"
"That Girl" and "Love American Style."
Next up for Jon Turteltaub is the remake of the Japanese film,
"Shall We Dance," starring Tom Hanks. The Miramax/Disney
production is scheduled to begin shooting in Fall 2000.
Turteltaub currently resides in Los Angeles.
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