STEVEN BRILL (Director) is a native of Utica, New York, and went on to
study film, theater and acting at Boston University. Upon graduation, he moved
to Los Angeles, where he began auditioning as an actor and writing screenplays on spec. In his spare time, Brill would go skating at public ice rinks -which
proved a fortuitous hobby. One day while watching a Pee Wee hockey practice,
he was struck by the idea for “The Mighty Ducks.”
Brill scripted the film, recalling his own youth hockey experience, and sold
it to Walt Disney Pictures in 1990. Emilio Estevez was cast as Coach Gordon
Bombay in the 1992 release. One year later, The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
entered their first NHL season. Brill next wrote and executive-produced the 1995
sequel “D2-The Mighty Ducks” and, in 1997, “D3-The Mighty Ducks.”
Brill’s motion picture directorial debut came in 1995 with the Disney film
“Heavyweights,” a comedy about a group of kids at a weight-loss summer camp
starring Ben Stiller. He co-wrote the script with Judd Apatow, with Joe Roth’s
Caravan Films serving as producer. Brill wrote and directed “Late Last Night” in
1998 for Screenland Pictures, which starred Emilio Estevez, Steven Weber and
Catherine O’Hara, and chronicled one intense night in the life of a man in Los
In 1999, Brill wrote “Ready to Rumble” for Warner Bros. The film starred
Oliver Platt and Martin Landau. He then directed and co-wrote “Little Nicky” with
Adam Sandler for New Line Cinema. Also starring in the picture were Harvey
Keitel, Patricia Arquette and Reese Witherspoon. Brill followed that up by
directing Sandler in 2002’s “Mr. Deeds,” which co-starred Winona Ryder and
grossed more than $125 million at the box office. Brill then re-wrote and directed
“Without a Paddle” for Paramount Pictures.
He is also currently developing projects as a writer/director with: Working
Title/Universal, New Line Pictures, DreamWorks and HBO.
Aside from writing and directing, Brill has kept busy as an actor on such
diverse films as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Edward
Scissorhands,“ “Batman Returns,” “The Mighty Ducks,” “When a Man Loves a
Woman,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Big Daddy.”
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