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Biography #2 (for S.W.A.T.)

David McKenna sold his first screenplay, American History X, at the young age of 26. The film, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, stars Edward Norton in a vivid portrayal of the consequences of prejudice as a family is torn apart by hate. It follows one man's struggle to reform himself and save his family after living a life consumed by violence and bigotry.

McKenna's next script, Body Shots, was directed by Michael Cristofer and starred Jerry O'Connell, Amanda Peet, Tara Reid and Ron Livingston.

His third film, Get Carter, was a remake of the 1971 cult film that starred Michael Caine. The updated version starred Sylvester Stallone, Caine, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Leigh Cooke, Mickey Rourke, and Alan Cumming. It was directed by Stephen Kay and produced by Mark Canton, Neil Canton and Elie Samaha.

In 2001, McKenna's adaptation of the Bruce Porter book, Blow, was released. Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ray Liotta and Paul Reubens, Blow is a true story that chronicles the life of George Jung, an enterprising drug smuggler who worked with Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel to bring cocaine to the West Coast during the late 70s and 80s.

McKenna is currently developing National Office. The story centers on a 28-year-old man who challenges the Constitution and runs for President of the United States. Andrew Lazar (Space Cowboys and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) is producing.

In addition, McKenna has been hired to rewrite a script based on the real life account of the USS Indianapolis. The World War II story is an epic saga about the worst Naval disaster in U.S. history.

Most recently, McKenna finished a project for producer Casey Silver that centers on the true life story of Colonel David Hackworth, the most decorated soldier in U.S. military history. Next up, he is poised to make his directorial debut with The Twelfth Man, which chronicles two weeks in the life of an urban American family, whose dysfunctional lives center on high school football and an alcoholic mother.

McKenna graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 and now resides in Newport Coast, California with his wife Marcy and two sons, Jack and Colin.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "S.W.A.T." (10-Aug-2003)