Jim Kouf

Jim Kouf

Highest Rated: 89% Stakeout (1987)

Lowest Rated: 16% Another Stakeout (1993)

Birthday: Jul 24, 1951

Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA

Writer/producer Jim Kouf is best known for his action-packed, star-studded features. He broke into film in 1981 as a co-writer on the forgotten indie comedy "Utilities." The next year, he expanded to producing with the wacky neighbor comedy "Pink Motel." His breakthrough came in 1987 with the buddy cop action-comedy "Stakeout," which teamed the curmudgeonly Richard Dreyfuss with a mustachioed Emilio Estevez. The movie was a hit, leading to "Another Stakeout," a sequel that added upcoming comedienne Rosie O'Donnell to the mix. Balancing his writing wit with his producing prowess, Kouf churned out the screenplay for the Disney comedy-adventure "Operation Dumbo Drop" while executive producing "Con Air," the high-flying Nicolas Cage action flick. It wasn't long before Kouf's action-scripting abilities became his trademark. He penned the culture clash comedy smash "Rush Hour," which co-starred martial arts master Jackie Chan and motor-mouth Chris Tucker, as well as another Cage vehicle, the globetrotting adventure "National Treasure." Since 2000, his producing career has shifted into television, where he served as a consulting producer on the vampire saga "Angel" and the paranormal-themed drama "Ghost Whisperer." Kouf has also contributed several scripts to each series. In 2010, Kouf tried his hand at writing and directing, with the independent crime comedy "A Fork in the Road."




59% 51% Money Monster Screenwriter $41.0M 2016
No Score Yet 35% A Fork in the Road Director,
- 2010
25% 40% Snow Dogs Screenwriter $81.2M 2002
61% 78% Rush Hour Writer $141.2M 1998
56% 75% Con Air Executive Producer $101.1M 1997
53% 65% Gang Related Director,
$5.9M 1997
31% 29% Operation Dumbo Drop Screenwriter $24.7M 1995
16% 28% Another Stakeout Producer $20.1M 1993
59% 64% Kalifornia Executive Producer $1.8M 1993
58% 65% Indian Summer Producer $14.7M 1993
65% 63% White Fang Executive Producer $34.6M 1991
50% 57% Disorganized Crime Director $7.4M 1989
73% 72% The Hidden Writer $9.7M 1987
89% 56% Stakeout Screenwriter $65.4M 1987
No Score Yet 42% Miracles Director - 1986
30% 64% Secret Admirer Producer - 1985
29% 50% Class Screenwriter - 1983


89% 89% Grimm Executive Producer 2011-2017
No Score Yet 85% Ghost Whisperer Writer 2006-2007
73% No Score Yet The Handler Writer 2003
No Score Yet 88% Angel Writer 2000-2001