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Cameron Crowe



A rock journalist turned screenwriter and director, Cameron Crowe first became known for creating realistic and funny portraits of modern youth. After writing the screenplay for Amy Heckerling's seminal 1980s teen comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Crowe found further acclaim directing and writing another seminal 1980s teen comedy, Say Anything... (1989). Following Singles (1992), his engaging take on romantic angst among a group of young Seattle twentysomethings, he achieved his greatest commercial and critical success to date as the writer, producer, and director of the much-honored Tom Cruise vehicle Jerry Maguire (1996).

Born in Palm Springs, CA, but raised in San Diego, Crowe became a journalist at the age of 15, writing music reviews and articles for such major publications as Creem, Playboy, and Penthouse. A year later, he became a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and was later promoted to associate editor. During this period, he interviewed many rock music legends, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton. At age the age of 22, he returned to high school to research a book on adolescent life and subsequently adapted the best-selling result into the script for Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). The film became something of a legend, not only because of its realistic, sensitive, and funny portrayal of teenage travails, but also for launching the careers of some of Hollywood's brightest stars, notably Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Crowe's screenplay netted him a nomination for a Best Screen Adaptation award from the Writers Guild of America.

In 1989, Crowe continued to mine the lucrative adolescent vein with his directorial debut Say Anything..., again earning kudos for creating believable multidimensional characters in an age when most teen comedies were relying on sex jokes and flimsy stereotypes. With his next directorial effort, he delved into the lives of a group of friends struggling to become adults in the Seattle-set Singles (1992). The film was not as well-received as Say Anything..., but it did feature strong ensemble acting from a cast that included Matt Dillon, Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, and Kyra Sedgwick.

Jerry Maguire represented Crowe's first foray into exploration of more adult concerns, although its presentation of a young career hotshot who acts upon an internal moral crisis has resonance with his earlier work. One of the biggest hits of 1996, the film was remarkable for bridging the two disparate romantic chick flick and sports movie genres. Following the success of Maguire, which earned Crowe a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination, as well as a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Cruise and a Best Supporting Actor statuette for Cuba Gooding Jr., Crowe laid low for awhile, working on his next project. That next project, initially called the "Untitled Cameron Crowe Project," became Almost Famous (2000), the semi-autobiographical story of an aspiring teenage rock journalist who is given the chance to follow an up-and-coming rock band as they tour 1970s America. The film, which featured a stellar ensemble cast that included Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Patrick Fugit as Crowe's alter ego, was embraced enthusiastically by critics and audiences alike, furthering its writer/director's reputation as one of Hollywood's most reliable and entertaining filmmakers and winning the Best Film Comedy award at the 2000 Golden Globes. When the time came to announce the winners of the 73rd Annual Academy Awards, Almost Famous was again victorious, with Crowe taking home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The following year Crowe would make his first venture into the land of remakes with Vanilla Sky. A reworking of Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar's fiercely original Open Your Eyes, Crowe retained that film's star, Penelope Cruz, though he made a noted addition in casting Jerry Maguire star Tom Cruise. A surreal romanti

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
19% Aloha
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2015
66% We Bought a Zoo
  • Screenwriter
2011
67% Pearl Jam Twenty
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet The Union
  • Producer
  • Director
2011
28% Elizabethtown
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2004
42% Vanilla Sky
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
89% Almost Famous
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2000
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Actor
1998
82% Jerry Maguire
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1996
80% Singles
  • Club Interviewer
  • Director
1992
98% Say Anything...
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet The Wild Life
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Cop #2
1984
78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet American Hot Wax
  • Delivery Boy
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
36% Roadies
2016
  • Producer
  • Creator
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
94% Documentary Now!
2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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