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MARK STEVEN JOHNSON (Director/Writer) made his directorial debut in 1998 with "Simon Birch," which he also scripted based on the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Johnson is best known for scripting the hit pictures "Grumpy Old Men" and the sequel, "Grumpier Old Men," both starring screen legends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

In 1997, Johnson joined forces with veteran producer Gary Foster to found Horseshoe Bay Productions, a full service production company designed to develop, write, produce and direct motion pictures. They will produce "The Bellboy," a remake of the Jerry Lewis classic.

Born in Hastings, Minnesota, Johnson studied journalism at Winona State University, before transferring to California State University Long Beach where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. His first job was as an assistant for a television attorney at Orion Pictures.


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