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CHRIS COLUMBUS is best-known for directing the No. 1 motion picture comedy of all time, Home Alone, and its smash hit follow-up Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Recent credits include his direction of the box-office hit Mrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams and Sally Field; the popular comedy Nine Months, which he directed, wrote and produced; and the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Jingle All the Way, which he produced.

Columbus was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania and grew up outside of Youngstown, Ohio. As a youngster, he aspired to draw cartoons for Marvel Comics and eventually discovered that comic books resemble the storyboards directors sketch for their movies. In high school, he began making 8mm films and drawing his own storyboards (which he continues to do for his films today). After high school, he enrolled in the Director's Program at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

Columbus first attained success as a screenwriter. While still in college, he sold his first script, Jocks, a semi-autobiographical comedy about a Catholic schoolboy who tries out for the football team.

After graduating from NYU, Columbus wrote a steel town drama called Reckless, based on his experiences as a factory worker in Ohio. The film starred Darryl Hannah and Aidan Quinn and was directed by James Foley.

Columbus gained prominence in Hollywood with a trio of original scripts for Steven Spielberg-the 1984 comedy thriller Gremlins, the 1985 adventure Goonies, and the fantasy Young Sherlock Holmes which was directed by Barry Levinson.

Columbus' screenwriting achievements led to his first two directorial efforts, Adventures In Babysitting and Heartbreak Hotel, which he also wrote.

He continued his affiliation with Spielberg on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade before a chance meeting with John Hughes led to his directing assignment on Home Alone. The 20th Century Fox release became the most successful comedy and seventh highest-grossing movie of all time.

After Home Alone, Columbus directed the poignant comedy Only the Lonely from his own screenplay and then the worldwide blockbuster Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, followed by Mrs. Doubtfire and Nine Months.

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