Stephen Gaghan

Highest Rated: 92% Traffic (2000)
Birthday: May 6, 1965
Birthplace: Not Available
Widely praised for his incisive screenplay for Traffic, director Steven Soderbergh's epic study in across-the-border drug smuggling, writer, director and recovering drug addict Stephen Gaghan drew from many personal experiences for his rich and complex story line. Often citing his addiction to and use of crack on various powerful studio lots, Gaghan may be comfortable discussing his past troubles now, though the thought of unemployment due to the discovery of his addiction weighed as a heavy shadow over his impending success. After earning a Best Adapted Writing Oscar for his smart and complex screenplay, it seems unlikely that Gaghan will have trouble finding work anytime soon. Beginning his career as a writer by penning scripts for such legally oriented television series as NYPD Blue (for which he won an Emmy) and The Practice, Gaghan also scripted episodes of former Hardy Boy Shaun Cassidy's short-lived supernatural series American Gothic and served as co-producer for another fleeting otherworldly themed series, Sleepwalkers. Gaghan later moved into feature-film territory with his script for director William Friedkin's critically panned military thriller Rules of Engagement before penning Traffic (2000) and Abandon (2001), the last of which also served as Gaghan's directorial debut. Gaghan's admission of his chemically enhanced past was an admitted attempt to shatter the stigma surrounding drug abuse and encourage others with similar addictions to "raise their hand and ask for help."


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Director Screenwriter 2020
No Score Yet Bunker77 Executive Producer 2017
42% Gold Director $7.3M 2017
No Score Yet Candy Store Screenwriter Director 2014
73% Syriana Director Screenwriter $50.9M 2005
45% Havoc Screenwriter 2005
29% The Alamo Screenwriter $22.4M 2004
16% Abandon Screenwriter Director $10.7M 2002
92% Traffic Screenwriter $123.9M 2000
36% Rules of Engagement Screenwriter 2000
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Screenwriter 1998


66% Entourage
Guest Himself
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
  • 2006
84% NYPD Blue
  • 1996
41% Chambers
Executive Producer


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