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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