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Ron Nyswaner

Ron Nyswaner is a writer of screenplays, books and plays. His work addresses contemporary social and political issues.

Philadelphia, the first major studio film to confront AIDS and homophobia, won two Academy Awards and garnered for Nyswaner nominations for the Golden Globe, Writers' Guild, BAFTA and Academy Awards.

Soldier's Girl examines the murder of Pfc. Barry Winchell while critiquing the U.S. military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. The Showtime Network film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, received a Peabody Award, three Golden Globe nominations, an Emmy nomination, a Gotham Award, and was named by the American Film Institute as one of the ten outstanding television events of the year.

Other produced screenplays include Smithereens, Mrs Soffel, The Prince of Pennsylvania (also director), Love Hurts, and Gross Anatomy (co-author). He was a Co-Producer of Miguel Arteta's first feature film, Star Maps.

His first book, Blue Days, Black Nights, was called hilarious and uncompromising by The New York Times and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.

Nyswaner is a founding member of the Actors & Writers Theater Company in upstate New York, serves on the board of the Woodstock Film Festival and as an advisor for the Sundance Institute. He received the Ryan White Youth Service Award for his activism on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS.

He is currently adapting Buffalo For The Broken Heart, the story of rancher and environmentalist Dan O'Brien, for Edward Norton.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Ron Nyswaner Facts

BirthdayOctober 5, 1956 (67)
BirthplaceClarksville, Pennsylvania, USA

Selected Filmography

She's The Best Thing In It
Why Stop Now?
Why Stop Now
The Prince of Pennsylvania
Mrs. Soffel
Gross Anatomy
The Prince of Pennsylvania / Pros & Cons / Bodies, Rest & Motion
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