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Bill Condon

Bill Condon is a celebrated film director and Oscar winning screenwriter known for directing actors to critically-acclaimed and award winning performances. His adaptation of the Broadway smash Dreamgirls won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes , including Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. Condon directed from his own screenplay and was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award. The cast featured Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and introduced Jennifer Hudson, who was honored with numerous critics' prizes, as well as an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance.

Condon wrote and directed Kinsey, for which he won the 2005 Best Director Award from the British Directors Guild. An uncompromising portrait of one of the twentieth century's most influential and controversial figures, Kinsey also earned a Los Angeles Film Critics Best Actor Award for its star, Liam Neeson, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Laura Linney as Best Supporting Actress.

He wrote and directed Gods and Monsters, which earned Condon an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and was named Best Picture of 1998 by the National Board of Review. The film, a poetic meditation on the final days of Frankenstein director James Whale, also garnered Oscar nominations for its stars, Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave.

Condon also wrote the screenplay for the big-screen version of the musical Chicago, for which he received a second Oscar nomination. The film, which starred RenÃe Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere, won six Academy Awards , including Best Picture of 2002.

Born in New York City, Condon attended Columbia University, where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. An analytical piece he wrote for Millimeter magazine brought him to the attention of producer Michael Laughlin. Condon subsequently co-wrote the feature film Strange Behavior with Laughlin, who also directed the film. The movie became a cult hit, leading to the unofficial sequel, Strange Invaders. Condon made his directorial debut with Sister, Sister, which starred Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judith Ivey and Eric Stoltz.

Condon serves as President of Film Independent, as well as the Independent Writers Steering Committee of the WGA. He was also recently elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He directed 2011's box office smash The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which Condon shot concurrently with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

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Bill Condon Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdayOctober 22, 1955 (68)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Mr. Holmes
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Beauty and the Beast
Twilight Saga 5 Movie Collection
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Extended Edition
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