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SAM WEISMAN (Director) is one of today's most notable
motion picture, television and stage directors. Making his stage directing debut
in 1981 with James Lapine's "Table Settings," Weisman went on to win
a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in 1982 for directing Harold Pinter's
"Betrayal." He also directed such plays as "The Common Pursuit" (for which he also
received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award), Sam Shepard's
"Buried Child" and "Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of
Harry Chapin," which he co-created with Chapin's widow.
In addition to work in the theater, Weisman's success as a
feature film director comes on the heels of a highly regarded
television-directing career on such productions as "Family Ties" (more
than 70 episodes), "Moonlighting" and "L.A. Law" (earning
him an Emmy Award nomination). He also received Emmy Award nominations for
executive-producing and directing the Golden Globe Award-winning "Brooklyn
Bridge." He has directed many pilots, including Aaron Spelling's current
Weisman made his feature film directorial debut with the
immensely popular "D2: The Mighty Ducks," followed by "Bye Bye,
Love" (which he also produced), "George of the Jungle" with
Brendan Fraser, "The Out-of-Towners" with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn
and, most recently, "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" with
Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito.
Born in Binghamton, New York, Weisman attended Yale
University and graduated with a degree in music history. He earned an M.F.A. in
acting and directing at Brandeis University. After acting in regional theater in the New York area, he relocated
to Los Angeles and won numerous acting roles on such television series as
"Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and in the miniseries "Studs Lonigan."
He currently resides in Boston, where he has directed and
taught in the Theater Arts Department at Brandeis University and is on the board
of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard.
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