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Charles Shyer



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
49% Alfie
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
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
1995
20% I Love Trouble
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1994
0% Once Upon a Crime
  • Screenwriter
1991
71% Father of the Bride
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
76% Baby Boom
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1987
28% Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Screenwriter
1986
14% Protocol
  • Screenwriter
1984
62% Irreconcilable Differences
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1984
20% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
  • Screenwriter
1983
71% Goin' South
  • Screenwriter
1978
29% House Calls
  • Screenwriter
1978
81% Smokey and the Bandit
  • Screenwriter
1977

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