Charles Shyer

Charles Shyer

Highest Rated: 86% The Parent Trap (1998)

Lowest Rated: 0% Once Upon a Crime (1991)

Birthday: Oct 11, 1941

Birthplace: Not Available

Triple-threat writer/director/producer Charles Shyer has managed to maintain a successful career for close to three decades, much of it in collaboration with one-time spouse Nancy Meyers. Born in Los Angeles, CA, on October 11, 1941, Shyer broke into show business writing for television, eventually becoming one of the main contributors to The Odd Couple. His first foray into screenwriting with then-partner Alan Mandel was the smash hit Burt Reynolds vehicle Smokey and the Bandit. They would follow up that success by contributing to Jack Nicholson's directorial debut, Goin' South. They then earned Oscar nominations for their work on Goldie Hawn's 1980 film Private Benjamin. That same year he would marry Meyers, who was also a screenwriter on Benjamin. The screenwriting couple with the rhyming names also contributed to Hawn's Protocol in 1984, but that year was highlighted by the release of Shyer's directorial debut, Irreconcilable Differences. The gentle Hollywood satire, about a daughter who divorces her celebrity parents, displays the qualities and themes -- the importance of family, warm humor, and a light touch -- that would distinguish his work.Shyer and Meyers had a huge hit at the beginning of the '90s with the remake of Father of the Bride, starring Steve Martin. Shyer's directorial career hit a snag when his 1994 Julia Roberts film I Love Trouble bombed, and a sequel to Father of the Bride the following year failed to produce any momentum. The close of the decade saw Shyer and Meyers end their personal relationship. Although it failed to light up the box office, his 2001 effort The Affair of the Necklace was a visually beautiful period piece that marked an attempt at something different from a director best known for lighthearted family comedy.

Highest Rated Movies



48% Alfie Screenwriter Director Producer $13.4M 2004
15% The Affair of the Necklace Director Producer 2001
86% The Parent Trap Screenwriter Producer Director 1998
48% Father of the Bride: Part II Director Screenwriter 1995
22% I Love Trouble Screenwriter Director 1994
0% Once Upon a Crime Screenwriter 1991
70% Father of the Bride Producer Screenwriter Director 1991
74% Baby Boom Screenwriter Director 1987
29% Jumpin' Jack Flash Screenwriter 1986
25% Protocol Screenwriter 1984
57% Irreconcilable Differences Director Screenwriter 1984
17% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Screenwriter 1983
81% Private Benjamin Screenwriter 1980
71% Goin' South Screenwriter 1978
25% House Calls Screenwriter 1978
80% Smokey and the Bandit Screenwriter 1977


No Score Yet The Odd Couple
Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Screenwriter 1971


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