Alan Poul

Alan Poul

Highest Rated: 77% Candyman (1992)

Lowest Rated: 5% 'Til There Was You (1997)

Birthday: May 1, 1954

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Alan Poul is an American film and television producer and director, who is best-known for his work on the Golden Globe-award winning television drama "Six Feet Under." In 1985, Poul earned his first film credits on director Paul Schrader's drama "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters," on which Poul worked as an actor and associate producer. Two years later, Poul added second unit director to his résumé on another Schrader drama, "Light of Day." Through the '90s, he built his reputation as a producer on TV shows, including the iconic teen drama series "My So-Called Life." By 2001, Poul was executive producing the HBO series "Six Feet Under," created by acclaimed "American Beauty" screenwriter Alan Ball. Poul made his directorial debut on the series, and his work earned him numerous accolades, including Emmy and Directors Guild of America Award nominations. He went on to direct two other HBO dramas, "Rome" and "Big Love." In 2008, he executive produced and directed numerous episodes of the bicentennial-set drama, "Swingtown." In 2010, Poul took his skills to the big screen, directing the Jennifer Lopez vehicle "The Back-up Plan," a romantic comedy about having a baby before meeting Mr. Right. Poul has continued to be active as executive producer for "MotherFatherSon", "Tales of the City" and "The Eddy." He is revisiting his Japanese roots as Executive Producer and director of HBO Max's upcoming "Tokyo Vice." He serves on the Boards of Directors of Film Independent and Playwrights Horizons, and on the International Outreach Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Previous board service includes The Producers Guild of America, Outfest, and GLAAD.




17% 46% The Back-up Plan Director $37.5M 2010
43% 81% Thursday Producer $2.0K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Los Locos Executive Producer - 1997
5% 35% 'Til There Was You Producer $3.5M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interview Producer - 1995
77% 62% Candyman Producer $23.5M 1992
50% 55% Black Rain Associate Producer $44.9M 1989


83% 70% Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Executive Producer 2019
50% 42% MotherFatherSon Executive Producer 2019
58% 91% The Newsroom Executive Producer 2012-2014
No Score Yet 84% Perception Executive Producer,
42% 72% GCB Executive Producer,
43% 100% Swingtown Executive Producer,
80% 76% Big Love Director 2006-2007
81% 97% Six Feet Under Executive Producer 2002