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Raja Gosnell

'I watched a lot of cartoons as a kid,' says editor-turned-director Raja Gosnell in explaining his natural affinity for pacing that has fueled some of the most successful comedies of the last decade, from the Home Alone series to Mrs. Doubtfire to Big Momma's House and the blockbuster hit, Scooby-Doo.

Gosnell's ability to create multi-layered humor with wide popular appeal has been apparent since he made his directorial debut in 1997 with Home Alone 3 after 15 years as an editor. That success was followed in short order by Never Been Kissed, an offbeat romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette, and Big Momma's House, an uproarious farce starring Martin Lawrence that became one of the biggest hits of 2000.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gosnell apprenticed at Lions Gate Films in the late '70s with Robert Altman. After serving as an assistant editor on Altman's Quintet, A Perfect Couple and H.E.A.L.T.H., he graduated to editor on the musical-comedy Popeye. Gosnell then went on to assist Oscar-winning editor William Reynolds on a number of films before earning his first solo credit for the Oscar-nominated live action short The Silence.

As an editor, Gosnell collaborated with such renowned directors as Barry Levinson, John Hughes and Garry Marshall on Good Morning Vietnam, Miracle on 34th Street and Pretty Woman, respectively. Yet it was his long-term association with director Chris Columbus - beginning with 1988's Heartbreak Hotel - that catapulted Gosnell to the top of the editing field. Together they created some of the most memorable and successful comedies of the 1990's, including Home Alone, Only the Lonely, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Mrs. Doubtfire and Nine Months.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Raja Gosnell Facts

Birth Name Raja R. Gosnell
BirthdayJanuary 2, 1958 (66)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

Selected Filmography

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