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Kaufman, Charlie Biography




biography of Kaufman, Charlie

Charles Stewart Kaufman
19 November 1958, New York City, New York, USA
5' 4 1/2"
Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon transferred NYU to study film. Charlie worked in the circulation department of the Star Tribune, in Minneapolis, in the late 1980s and moved to Los Angeles in 1991, where he was hired to write for the TV sitcom _"Get a Life" (1990)_ (qv). He went on to write comedy sketches and a variety of TV show episodes. Between writing assignments, he wrote the inventive screenplay _Being John Malkovich (1999)_ (qv), which created Hollywood interest and the attention of producer 'Steve Golin' (qv). Charlie works at home in Pasadena, California, where he lives with his wife Denise and children.
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-   'Denise' (? - present); 1 child


-   Scripts usually feature reluctant protagonists who start out in the story as downtrodden or self-doubtful, frustrated with life or love or their professions.

-   Stories with bizarre plots that showcase a sense of fantasy in the real world.

-   His films often deal with themes of reality and identity


-   Ranked #100 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. He was the only writer on the list.

-   He is notorious for avoiding the press and in particular dislikes the idea of being interviewed on television. He was interviewed by 'Charlie Rose (II)' (qv) at the end of March 2004, and by Stephen Colbert in December of 2008.

-   3 of the 5 movies he has penned so far are based around real people in fictional situations: Susan Orlean, John Laroche and himself in _Adaptation. (2002)_ (qv), 'Chuck Barris' (qv) in _Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)_ (qv), 'John Malkovich' (qv) in _Being John Malkovich (1999)_ (qv) (obviously).

-   Has one daughter, Anna.

-   Wrote an unproduced draft of _A Scanner Darkly (2006)_ (qv).

-   Worked alongside 'Stephen Colbert' (qv) and 'Louis C.K.' (qv) on the writing staff of _"The Dana Carvey Show" (1996)_ (qv).


-   I don't know what the hell a third act is.


-   _Adaptation. (2002)_ (qv).


-   "The Independent" (UK), 20 May 2009, Iss. 7051, pg. 14 - 15, by: Gaynor Flynn, "New York state of mind"

-   "The Independent Arts and Books Review" (UK), 7 May 2004, pg. 8-9, by: Charlotte O'Sullivan, "Inside the mind of Charlie Kaufman"

-   "MovieMaker" (USA), 2004, Vol. 11, Iss. 54, pg. 88-91, by: David Fear, "Wanted: Charlie Kaufman, Outlaw Scribe"

-   "Reperages" (France), January 2000, Vol. III, Iss. 9, pg. 37-38, by: Nachiketas Wignesan & Nicolas Schmerkin, "Interview: Charlie Kaufman"


-   "San Jose Mercury News" (USA), 6 November 2008, by: David Carr, "The Universe According to Charlie Kaufman"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 24 July 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,381, pg. E2, by: Julie Bloom, "Kaufman Movie Finds a Buyer"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 23 May 2008, by: David Germain, "'Malkovich' Writer Kaufman Makes Directing Debut"

-   "The Los Angeles Times" (USA), 13 September 2006, by: Jay A. Fernandez, "Reading Charlie Kaufman's Next Project"

-   "Film Comment" (USA), March 2004, Vol. 40, Iss. 2, pg. 20-21, by: Chris Norris, "Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry's Head Trip"

-   "Black Book" (USA), 2004, Iss. 32, "Eraser Heads: In his debut film column, Richard Hell admires Charlie Kaufman's latest"

-   "Film Comment" (USA), December 2002, Vol. 38, Iss. 6, pg. 24-27, by: Kent and Nathaniel Jones, ""Hearts and Flowers""

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Written

  1. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.11)} (writer)
  2. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.12)} (writer)
  3. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.13)} (writer)
  4. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.15)} (writer)
  5. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.16)} (writer)
  6. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.17)} (writer)
  7. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.18)} (writer)
  8. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.2)} (writer)
  9. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.4)} (writer)
  10. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.5)} (writer)
  11. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.6)} (writer)
  12. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.8)} (writer)
  13. "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) {(#1.8)} (writer)
  14. "The Edge" (1992) {The Best of The Edge (#1.19)} (writer)
  15. Chaos Walking (2014) (screenplay)
  16. Anomalisa (2013)
  17. Synecdoche, New York (2008) (written by) <1,1,1>
  18. "Moral Orel" (2005) {Love (#2.2)} (story)
  19. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) (screenplay) <2,1,1>
  20. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) (story) <1,1,1>
  21. Adaptation. (2002) (screenplay) <2,1,1>
  22. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) (screenplay) <2,1,1>
  23. Human Nature (2001) (written by) <1,1,1>
  24. Being John Malkovich (1999) (written by) <1,1,1>
  25. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Where My Third Nepal Is Sheriff (#2.11)} (written by)
  26. "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) {The Pepsi Dana Carvey Show (#1.5)} (writer)
  27. "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) {The Szechuan Dynasty Dana Carvey Show (#1.6)} (writer)
  28. "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) {The Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show (#1.1)} (writer)
  29. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Computer Dating (#2.4)} (written by)
  30. "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) {(#1.7)} (writer)
  31. "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) {The Diet Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show (#1.4)} (writer)
  32. "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) {The Mountain Dew Dana Carvey Show (#1.3)} (writer)
  33. "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) {The Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show (#1.2)} (writer)
  34. "The Trouble with Larry" (1993) (writer)
  35. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.14)} (writer)
  36. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.1)} (writer)
  37. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.10)} (writer)
  38. "Get a Life" (1990) {1977 2000 (#2.12)} (written by)
  39. "The Edge" (1992) {(#1.9)} (writer)
  40. "The Edge" (1992) {(1992-10-10)} (writer)
  41. "The Edge" (1992) {Tape Cycle #3 (#1.3)} (writer)
  42. "The Edge" (1992) {Tape Cycle #7 (#1.7)} (writer)
  43. "Get a Life" (1990) {Prisoner of Love (#2.6)} (written by)

Movies Produced

  1. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Please Don't Squeeze the Eric (#2.19)} (producer)
  2. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Sex, Lies, and Commercials (#2.12)} (producer)
  3. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {The Errand Girl (#2.15)} (producer)
  4. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {The Skyward's the Limit (#2.14)} (producer)
  5. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {The Truth Shall Set You Back (#2.17)} (producer)
  6. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {All That Chazz (#2.20)} (producer)
  7. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Best of Luck on Future Projects (#2.22)} (producer)
  8. Synecdoche, New York (2008) (producer)
  9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) (executive producer)
  10. Adaptation. (2002) (executive producer)
  11. Human Nature (2001) (producer)
  12. Being John Malkovich (1999) (executive producer)
  13. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {No Retreat, No Surrender (#2.16)} (producer)
  14. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Prom Night (#2.9)} (producer)
  15. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Saved by the Belvedere (#2.10)} (producer)
  16. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Scenes from a Muffin Shop (#2.13)} (producer)
  17. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Skippy's Revenge (#2.21)} (producer)
  18. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Where My Third Nepal Is Sheriff (#2.11)} (producer)
  19. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Fifteen A-Minutes (#2.8)} (producer)
  20. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {I Like Your Moxie (#2.18)} (producer)
  21. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Eric (#2.7)} (producer)
  22. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Loganberry's Run (#2.6)} (producer)
  23. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {The Muffins Take Manhattan (#2.3)} (producer)
  24. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {The Other End (#2.1)} (producer)
  25. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Computer Dating (#2.4)} (producer)
  26. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Dorsey vs. Dorsey (#2.2)} (producer)
  27. "Ned and Stacey" (1995) {Les Is More or Less Moral-less (#2.5)} (producer)
  28. "Misery Loves Company" (1995) {Advice and Dissent (#1.1)} (co-producer)
  29. "Misery Loves Company" (1995) {Joe DeMarco, Boy Wonder (#1.8)} (co-producer)
  30. "Misery Loves Company" (1995) {Pilot (#1.4)} (co-producer)
  31. "Misery Loves Company" (1995) {That Book by Nabokov (#1.3)} (co-producer)
  32. "Misery Loves Company" (1995) {The Witches of East 6th (#1.5)} (co-producer)
  33. "Misery Loves Company" (1995) {Uneasy Rider (#1.2)} (co-producer)
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