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
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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