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Cyrus Nowrasteh

Cyrus Nowrasteh was born in Boulder, Colorado of Iranian parents, and lived in Iran as a young boy. A graduate of the USC cinema program, he has worked in the motion picture and television business for over 20 years.

He has worked as a writer on a number of TV series, most notably developing and writing the pilot for the hit USA network show, La Femme Nikita which ran for five years (1996-2001) and was the most successful series on USA up to that time.

In the following years, Cyrus focused on docudrama and history. In 2001 he wrote and directed the highly acclaimed Paramount/Showtime feature presentation, The Day Reagan Was Shot. To this day it is Showtime's highest-rated movie and is available on DVD. The film was executive produced by Oliver Stone and starred Richard Dreyfuss, who earned a SAG best actor nomination for his portrayal of Alexander Haig. It also received an EDDIE award, as well as the Golden Satellite Award for Best Cable Motion Picture of 2001.

The following year he reteamed with Showtime to write 10,000 Black Men Named George, starring Andre Braugher. It brings to the screen the true story of activist A. Philip Randolph who led the famous Pullman strike of the 1930s.

For both of the above films, Cyrus received the PEN Literary Award for best teleplay, becoming the only writer in the history of the PEN awards to win two years in a row in the same category. In 2005 Cyrus was recruited by Steven Spielberg to write an episode of the Dreamworks/TNT miniseries Into the West, which was nominated for 16 Emmy awards and winner of three.

He has also performed production rewrites for Paramount Pictures on such notable movies as The Hunted (2003, starring Tommy Lee Jones), Beyond Borders (2003, starring Angelina Jolie) and Shooter (2007, starring Mark Wahlberg).

Cyrus became a national figure as the writer and producer of the acclaimed and controversial ABC docudrama, The Path to 9/11, which aired on September 10th and 11th, 2006, to an audience of 28 million viewers. The DVD release of that film has been suppressed to this day.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.

Cyrus Nowrasteh Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdaySeptember 19, 1956 (67)
BirthplaceBoulder, Colorado, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.