More Doug Liman Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Bourne Identity)Doug Liman has become acknowledged as one of the most vibrant and original young voices in American film with his critically acclaimed features Swingers and Go.
Born in New York City, Liman attended the International Center of Photography while still in high school. He attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he helped found the school's student-run cable television station.
Liman began making short films at the age of seven and on into junior high school. He attended the graduate program of the School of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California, where he directed his first feature project, the comedy thriller Getting In (a.k.a. Student Body), which starred Stephen Mailer, Matthew Perry, Andrew McCarthy and Christine Baranski.
Liman made a splash with the indie hit Swingers which he produced and directed. Made on a shoestring budget of $250,000 - money he scraped together with the help of his father, the late Iran-Contra investigator Arthur Liman, who also served as counsel to the production. Liman acquired the script from the film's screenwriter, Jon Favreau and he cast him along with Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingstone and Patrick Van Horne, to star in the story of the search for love in and around Los Angeles' retro swing bars.
Liman's adrenaline-driven next effort, Go, was comprised of three separate but related sections, each focusing on different members of the film's talented ensemble, including Sarah Polley, Katie Holmes, Taye Diggs, William Fichtner, Jane Karakowski, Breckin Meyer and Jay Mohr. Imbued with freshness of vision and execution, Go premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opened to overwhelming positive notices.
Liman also served as director of photography on both Swingers and Go. Following Go, Liman produced Sarah Thorp's See Jane Run, starring Clea DuVall and Kevin Corrigan and helped produce the critically acclaimed Kissing Jessica Stein.
His projects have proven that Liman has a passion and a unique eye for spotting new and distinctive talent. The stars of Swingers, Go and Kissing Jessica Stein have the distinction of having launched their feature film acting careers and screenwriting voices from a Doug Liman film.
Liman has also directed highly acclaimed and popular commercials including the Nike Golf commercial starring Tiger Woods effortlessly juggling a golf ball with his club and foot - a spot which became a national phenomenon.
Liman is a founding partner of the entertainment production company Hypnotic, which produces, markets and distributes independent film and television properties. Hypnotic serves as the production entity for all of Liman's film, television and commercial projects.
His interests outside of filmmaking include working for the LEGAL ACTION CENTER, which provides pro-bono legal work on behalf of people with addictions, HIV and convictions and with SAFE SPACE, which does work on behalf of homeless teens in New York. He works on the campaigns of New York politicians and supports young New York-based artists by exhibiting their works in his TriBeCa loft. He is also an avid outdoor enthusiast who guides river trips, climbs, mountaineers and is an accomplished pilot.
Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "The Bourne Identity" (11-Sep-2002)