JOHN HAMBURG (Director, Co-Writer) has been involved as a
writer and director in many of the most well-regarded big-screen comedies of the
past 15 years. Born and raised in New York City, he began his filmmaking career
by creating short films in high school. He continued filmmaking while attending
Brown University and, later, at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
While at Tisch, he wrote and directed the short film Tick, which debuted at the
1996 Sundance Film Festival.
He then returned to Sundance in 1998 with his feature-length debut Safe Men, a
comedy he wrote and directed, starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Paul Giamatti,
Mark Ruffalo and Harvey Fierstein. The quirky film about safecrackers and
song-writers in Providence, Rhode Island has garnered a strong cult following in
the years since its Sundance premiere.
Next, Hamburg co-wrote the screenplays for the popular comedies Meet the Parents
starring frequent collaborator Ben Stiller, along with Robert De Niro, Blythe
Danner and Owen Wilson and Zoolander starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
Hamburg then wrote and directed the hit comedy Along Came Polly starring Ben
Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Alec Baldwin and Philip Seymour Hoffman and co-wrote
Meet The Fockers, the sequel to Meet The Parents, which again starred Ben
Stiller and Robert De Niro along with new cast members Dustin Hoffman and Barbra
Hamburg next co-wrote, produced and directed I Love You, Man starring Paul Rudd
and Jason Segel. The film garnered rave reviews and strong box office numbers,
and is often cited today as the seminal "bromance" movie.
In addition to various other writing and producing credits, Hamburg has also
worked extensively in television, directing several episodes of Judd Apatow's
critically acclaimed series Undeclared in addition to episodes of New Girl and
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