Michael Lehmann

Highest Rated: 94% Heathers (1988)
Birthday: Mar 30, 1957
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Director Michael Lehmann is best known for his quirky, jet-black comedies, although the late '90s and early 2000s found him delving into the worlds of episodic television and chick-flick romantic comedy. Before becoming a filmmaker, Lehmann studied painting at New York's School of Visual Arts. He then studied philosophy at Columbia University, and after graduating began studying in West Germany to be an academic. He then changed direction and became project manager for the video department at Zoetrope studios. Just as that company crumbled, he found himself accepted to the University of Southern California. He began his career after making his now-notorious thesis film, Beaver Gets a Boner (1988), for USC. This film attracted Hollywood interest, and he soon found himself represented by the prestigious William Morris Agency. In addition to his thesis, he also wrote a very strange screenplay that became his 1989 hit Heathers, the tale of two high-school outsiders who begin killing popular girls while making the deaths look like suicides. His 1991 film Meet the Applegates, which features actors dressed as giant beetles living in a suburban American home like any other family, made a bid for cult status but went nowhere; his next film, the mega-budgeted Bruce Willis vehicle Hudson Hawk (1991) was a notorious bomb.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Hunters Screenwriter 2011
22% Flakes Director 2007
4% Because I Said So Director $42.7M 2007
38% 40 Days and 40 Nights Director 2002
19% My Giant Director 1998
84% The Truth About Cats & Dogs Director 1996
92% Ed Wood Executive Producer 1994
21% Airheads Director 1994
26% Hudson Hawk Director 1991
10% Meet the Applegates Director Screenwriter 1991
94% Heathers Director 1988

TV

CREDIT
70% True Blood
2008-2014
Director
  • 2019
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
64% Deception
2018
Director
  • 2018
80% Snowfall
2017
Director
  • 2018
  • 2017
75% Chance
2016-2017
Director Producer
  • 2016
53% Blunt Talk
2015-2016
Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
60% Tyrant
2014-2016
Director Producer Executive Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
75% Scream Queens
2015-2016
Director
  • 2015
56% The Brink
2015
Director
  • 2015
85% Betas
2013-2014
Director Producer Executive Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
57% Californication
2007-2014
Director
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008
76% American Horror Story
2012
Screenwriter Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
72% Dexter
2006-2013
Director
  • 2012
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
Director
  • 2011
79% Bored to Death
2009-2011
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
20% Outsourced
2010-2011
Director
  • 2010
55% The Big C
2010-2013
Director
  • 2010
21% The Beautiful Life
2009
Director
  • 2009
79% Big Love
2006-2011
Director
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Pasadena
2001-2002
Director
  • 2005
69% The Comeback
2005-2014
Screenwriter Director
  • 2005
75% Wonderfalls
2004
Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Watching Ellie
2002-2003
Director
  • 2002
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Director
  • 1999
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Screenwriter Director
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Director
  • 1993
40% All About the Washingtons
2018
Executive Producer

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