GAVIN O'CONNOR (Director / Executive Producer) is a native New
Yorker who began writing while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. After
graduation, he returned to New York, where he began his career writing short
films and plays. He made his screenwriting debut with the award-winning short
film "The Bet," which also marked Ted Demme's film directorial debut. O'Connor
then wrote and directed the short film "American Standoff."
O'Connor first garnered attention when he directed the independent feature
"Tumbleweeds," starring Janet McTeer and Kimberly Brown. He also co-wrote the
screenplay with Angela Shelton, based on Shelton's childhood diaries. The
mother-daughter road drama brought O'Connor the Filmmaker's Award at the 1999
Sundance Film Festival, and went on to earn critical acclaim. In addition,
McTeer earned several Best Actress honors for her performance, including Oscar
and Independent Spirit Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award, while Brown
won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.
O'Connor's next directing effort was the widely acclaimed 2004 hit "Miracle."
The film, starring Kurt Russell, told the inspiring story of the U.S. Hockey
Team's Gold Medal triumph at the 1980 Winter Olympics, including a stunning
victory over the seemingly invincible Russian team. Following the success of
"Miracle," he co-wrote and directed the 2008 drama "Pride and Glory," starring
Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight. The film follows a
multi-generational police family whose moral code is tested when one son
investigates an incendiary case of corruption and murder that involves his
brother and brother-in-law, forcing the family to choose between their loyalties
to one another and their loyalties to the department.
In 2010, O'Connor co-wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed film "Warrior,"
starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte. The story of two estranged
brothers whose pasts collide in an elite Mixed Martial Arts tournament,
"Warrior" received great critical praise for O'Connor and its cast. Nolte's
performance earned him Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics'
Choice Award nominations, as well as the 2011 San Diego Film Critics Society
Award for Best Supporting Actor, among other honors.
Turning his attention to the small screen, O'Connor directed the pilot of the
award-winning television series "The Americans," which stars Keri Russell,
Matthew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich. He also served as an executive producer on the
show's first season.
O'Connor is currently set to helm the pilot of the new Netflix original series
"Seven Seconds," which he will executive produce alongside series creator Veena
Sud. Following that, he is slated to direct "Atlantic Wall," a dramatic World
War II action film. He has also reteamed with Affleck and Warner Bros. in
developing a feature film adaptation of Ken Bensinger's soon-to-be-released book
Houses of Deceit, which details the story of the FIFA sports corruption scandal.
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