Jeb Stuart

Jeb Stuart

Highest Rated: 96% The Fugitive (1993)

Lowest Rated: 14% Fire Down Below (1997)

Birthday: Jan 21, 1956

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

For every brawny movie star who made his bones in the action boom of the 1980s and '90s, there were several fairly obscure screenwriters who were just as instrumental in crafting the era's top genre titles. Jeb Stuart is one such unsung hero. As the neophyte scribe of the rollicking skyscraper-under-siege tale "Die Hard" ('88), he not only helped launch megastar Bruce Willis's career into the stratosphere, but set the mold for a particularly popular type of action film. Few of his own subsequent scripts have adhered to this unofficial sub-genre (which includes tautly kinetic thrillers confined to limited, adversity-plagued locations), but he nonetheless remained one of Hollywood's more prolific action-movie word slingers for the bulk of the following decade. In addition to co-penning the crowd-pleasing chase epic "The Fugitive," he settled into such macho fare as Sylvester Stallone's white-knuckle prison drama "Lock Up" and the explosive Steven Seagal vehicle "Fire Down Below" ('97), a Kentucky-set environmentalist saga that combines Zen-like philosophies with bone-breaking action. That same year, he retained a middle-American setting for his directorial debut in the serial-killer thriller "Switchback," a film that cast the usually genial Danny Glover in a rare villain role. Over the course of a long hiatus from produced film work, Stuart scripted two rejected screenplays for the venerable "Indiana Jones" franchise. In 2010, however, he returned as a functioning writer/director and helmed the true-crime drama of civil unrest "Blood Done Sign My Name."

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Credit
52% 61% Blood Done Sign My Name Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$82.7K 2010
32% 46% Switchback Director,
Writer,
Executive Producer
$6.5M 1997
14% 36% Fire Down Below Writer,
Executive Producer
$16.1M 1997
96% 89% The Fugitive Screenwriter $183.8M 1993
20% 35% Another 48 HRS. Screenwriter $78.1M 1990
23% 50% Lock Up Screenwriter $20.3M 1989
56% 45% Next of Kin Associate Producer $15.4M 1989
94% 94% Die Hard Screenwriter $81M 1988

TV

Credit
69% 71% The Liberator Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Married ... With Children Interviewer (Guest Star) 1995

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