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TOM SHADYAC (Director, Producer) began his film directing career with Jim Carrey's breakout hit Ace Venture: Pet Detective in 1994. He followed with the smash hit The Nutty Professor, which starred Eddie Murphy and was produced by Brian Grazer, then re-teamed with Carrey and Grazer for the 1997 sensation Liar, Liar. Most recently, Shadyac directed Robin Williams in the Golden Globe-nominated Patch Adams, yet another big hit, this time successfully blending comedy and drama. He also executive-produced Murphy's popular return in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.

Shadyac formed Shady Acres Entertainment, a production company based at Universal Pictures, which is currently developing several films in addition to television and music projects.

Shadyac moved to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the University of Virginia. At age 23, he became the youngest staff joke writer for Bob Hope. As a graduate student at UCLA, he directed the acclaimed short film, Tom, Dick & Harry.


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