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Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman

Charles Stuart Kaufman (born November 1958) is an accomplished screenwriter, identified by Premiere magazine as one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood.

He got his start in television, writing two episodes for Chris Elliott's Get a Life, as well as a couple of dozen other episodes of shows like Ned and Stacy and The Dana Carvey Show.

He first came to national attention as the writer for Being John Malkovich, earning an Oscar nomination for his effort and a BAFTA. He also wrote Human Nature, which was directed by Michel Gondry and then worked with Spike Jonze again as the screenwriter for Adaptation, which earned him another Oscar nomination and his second BAFTA. He also penned Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a biopic of Chuck Barris, a gameshow host who believed he was a CIA hitman; this was directed by George Clooney in his directorial debut.

His most recent script and story is for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, his second film with director Michel Gondry, for which he received the Oscar for best screenplay and his third BAFTA win.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Charlie Kaufman Facts

BirthplaceNew York, USA
Awards2005 Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay (for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
2005 BAFTA Awards: Best Screenplay (for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
2003 BAFTA Awards: Best Screenplay (adapted) (for Adaptation)
2000 BAFTA Awards: Best Screenplay (for Being John Malkovich)

Selected Filmography

Synecdoche, New York
Stuck Like Chuck
Being John Malkovich
Human Nature
The Battle of Love's Return
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