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CHRIS COLUMBUS (DIRECTOR and EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) is perhaps best known for directing one of the highest grossing motion picture comedies of all time, Home Alone, and its hugely successful follow-up Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

More recently Columbus directed the heart-warming drama Stepmom with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Other directing credits include Nine Months, which he also wrote and produced, and the hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams and Sally Field.

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 movie storyboards. 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 Directors 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 a football team.

After graduating from NYU, Chris wrote a small town drama entitled Reckless, based on his experiences as a factory worker in Ohio. He gained prominence in Hollywood by writing several original scripts for Steven Spielberg: the 1984 comedy thriller Gremlins, the 1985 adventure Goonies and the fantasy Young Sherlock Homes, which was directed by Barry Levinson.

These screenwriting achievements led Chris to direct his first feature, Adventures in Babysitting. A meeting with John Hughes brought Columbus to the helm of Home Alone, the first of three films he and Hughes made together, including Only the Lonely, which Columbus directed from his own screenplay.

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