(Director/Producer) began his
directing career with Jim Carrey's breakout hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in
1994, and his films have since delighted millions with their winning combination
of humor, heart and an ultimate belief in the human spirit. He followed Ace
Ventura with the smash hit The Nutty Professor, which starred Eddie
Murphy, then reteamed with Carrey and Grazer for the 1997 sensation Liar
Liar. More 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, and directed Kevin Costner in the
supernatural drama Dragonfly. Currently, he serves as executive producer
on ABC's 8 Simple Rules for
Dating my Teenage Daughter.
Shadyac formed Shady
Acres Entertainment, a production company based at Universal Pictures, which is
currently developing several films in addition to television 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.
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