Jonathan Lynn

Jonathan Lynn

Highest Rated: 86% My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

Birthday: Apr 3, 1943

Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England, UK

Perhaps best known for creating and writing the award-winning British TV series "Yes, Minister" (BBC2 1980-84) and "Yes, Prime Minister" (BBC2 1986-88), Jonathan Lynn honed his comedic skills as a member of the Cambridge Circus satirical revue in the mid-1960s. After acting on the New York and London stage as well as British TV, he branched out into directing in the early '70s, staging plays in the West End, for the RSC, the NT and on Broadway. Lynn wrote the screenplay for "The Internecine Project" (1974) and made a short film, "Mick's People" (1982), before directing his first feature, the cult favorite "Clue" (1985). Lynn's subsequent work included the cross-dressing comedy "Nuns on the Run" (1990) starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane; the fish-out-of-water hit "My Cousin Vinny" (1991), which garnered an Academy Award for supporting actress Marisa Tomei; Eddie Murphy's political satire "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992); and the action comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (1999), starring Robert De Niro and Matthew Perry, which was #1 at the box office for 3 weeks. Lynn's West End theater debut, aged 23, was as an actor in the role of Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of "Fiddler on the Roof. " His subsequent London directing credits include: "The Glass Menagerie"; "Songbook" (Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award); "Anna Christie" (RSC, Stratford and the Donmar); Joe Orton's "Loot"; "Pass The Butler" by Eric Idle, Shaw's "Arms And The Man" and "The Gingerbread Man" (Old Vic). At the National Theatre, he directed "A Little Hotel on the Side" by Georges Feydeau and Three Men on A Horse (Olivier Award, Best Comedy). As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End. His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award -Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information.

Highest rated movies





33% 56% Wild Target Director $117.2K 2010
50% 50% Vanity Fair Executive Producer $16.1M 2004
42% 66% The Fighting Temptations Director $30.2M 2003
43% 64% The Whole Nine Yards Director $57.3M 2000
50% 30% Trial and Error Director,
$13.6M 1997
31% 47% Sgt. Bilko Director $30.1M 1996
32% 47% Greedy Douglas (Character),
$12.4M 1994
13% 36% The Distinguished Gentleman Director $46.5M 1992
86% 87% My Cousin Vinny Director $50.9M 1992
43% 54% Nuns on the Run Director,
$9.7M 1990
No Score Yet 40% Suspicion Unknown (Character) - 1987
68% 86% Clue Director,
$13.4M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outside Edge Kevin (Character) - 1982


No Score Yet No Score Yet Yes, Prime Minister Director,
No Score Yet 100% Yes, Prime Minister Writer 1986-1988
No Score Yet 100% Yes, Minister Writer 1980-1982 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Life Unknown (Character) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Liver Birds Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1972 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Buses Writer 1972-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Colditz Unknown (Character) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doctor in the House Unknown (Character) 1970