DEN OF THIEVES
CHRISTIAN GUDEGAST (Writer/Director/Executive Producer) is a
California, born and raised in Los Angeles, where he fell in love with
film at an early age. As a young kid, Gudegast was so enthralled with movies
would sneak into theaters in Westwood and watch everything from Fellini to Jaws,
Cheech and Chong to Stanley Kubrick. Growing up in the entertainment industry,
Gudegast loved going to work with his father, Eric Braeden, a German-American
and television actor, known for his work on "Hawaii 5-0," "Gunsmoke," "Charlie's
Angels," "The Rat Patrol," Colossus, and Titanic, to name a few. After high
Gudegast studied extensively under renowned acting coaches Roy London and Daryl
Hickman, but soon realized that acting wasn't for him. Later, while at UCLA's
School of Film and Television, Gudegast directed music videos for Los Angeles
gangster rap artists such as "Kurupt." Graduating at the top of his class Summa
Laude, Gudegast's thesis film, God's Lonely Man, won the prestigious "Best Film
Award" that same year. Following graduation, he sold his first screenplay, Black
to Oliver Stone, which officially launched his screenwriting career.
Today Gudegast is known as one of the industry's most sought after
screenwriters, having written for every major film studio and television network
Hollywood, working on major releases such as Speed Racer, and the Dwayne Johnson
starrer The Rundown, the Vin Diesel crime-drama A Man Apart, the ancient-Greek
epic Immortals, and the Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman action drama, London
Fallen, which grossed $205 million worldwide.
In 2009, Gudegast wrote and produced the award-winning documentary,
Sequestro, about the kidnapping epidemic in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
In between writing assignments, Gudegast is a passionate still photographer,
on urban landscapes. He is also a black belt in Muay Thai and Brazilian
and trains under legendary instructors Rob Kaman, Rigan Machado and Rickson
Gracie. Gudegast currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Natasha, and
daughters, Tatiana, Oksana, and Angelika.
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