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Actor, director, producer TONY GOLDWYN definitely likes to mix things up. He is currently on Broadway starring in the musical revival of "Promises, Promises,” while he just saw released his latest feature directorial effort, Conviction, starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. Released by Fox Searchlight, Conviction is the true story of Betty Anne Waters, a single mother who embarked on an 18 year struggle to overturn her brother's wrongful life sentence for murder. Like the story of the film, it took much persistence for Goldwyn to get the movie made. Nine years after he first heard the account of Kenny Waters from a piece on "Dateline,” the movie had its premiere at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Conviction was awarded Best Film at the Boston Film Festival and was bestowed the Freedom of Expression Award by the National Board of Review.

Goldwyn made an auspicious directorial debut with A Walk on the Moon starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive universal praise from critics. Another journey of perseverance, Goldwyn first read Pamela Gray's script five years earlier and shepherded it through multiple drafts until Dustin Hoffman came on board as a producer and got the project financed. Coincidentally when Gray originally wrote the screenplay as her Master's Thesis at UCLA Film School, she won the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award – an honor established by Goldwyn's paternal grandfather, the legendary film producer.

Additional feature directorial credits include The Last Kiss based on Gabriele Muccino's L'Ultimo Bacio and the romantic comedy Someone Like You. On the small screen, Goldwyn has helmed such prestigious shows as "Justified,” "Damages,” "Dexter,” "The L Word,” "Law & Order,” "Grey's Anatomy,” "Private Practice” and "Without A Trace.”

As an actor, Goldwyn first caught audiences' attention with his portrayal of the villain in the box office smash Ghost. He went on to appear in numerous other films including The Pelican Brief with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, Kiss The Girls, Oliver Stone's Nixon, The Substance of Fire, The Last Samurai opposite Tom Cruise and the recent remake of Wes Craven's classic The Last House on the Left. He was also heard as the title voice in Disney's animated feature Tarzan.

His television acting credits include "The Good Wife,” "Dexter,” "Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” "Without A Trace,” "The L Word,” the HBO Mini-­Series "From The Earth To The Moon,” "Frasier,” "Murphy Brown” and "Designing Women,” where he touchingly portrayed the first AIDS victim on a prime time series.

Goldwyn began his acting career on the stage, spending seven seasons at the Williamstown Theater Festival. His New York theater credits include "The Water's Edge” at the 2nd Stage Theater, "The Dying Gaul” at the Vineyard Theater, "Holiday” at The Circle in the Square opposite Laura Linney, "Spike Heels” with Kevin Bacon at 2nd Stage, "The Sum of Us” at the Cherry Lane Theater, for which he earned an Obie Award and "Digby” at the Manhattan Theater Club.

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