Tom Shadyac

Tom Shadyac

Highest Rated: 81% Liar Liar (1997)

Lowest Rated: 7% Dragonfly (2002)

Birthday: Dec 11, 1958

Birthplace: Not Available

A onetime actor/comedian long rumored to have been the youngest writer to ever work for comedy legend Bob Hope, producer and director Tom Shadyac got his start on the standup circuit before his directorial career was launched into the stratosphere with the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In the years that followed, Shadyac would establish himself as one of the most prolific comedy directors in Hollywood while working with some of the biggest names in the business. A Virginia native who made the journey westward in the early '80s and quickly earned a solid reputation as a joke writer, Shadyac tried his hand at acting while attending UCLA, with a small role in the 1987 sports comedy Jocks and a bit part on Magnum, P.I. serving as early career highlights. It wasn't long before the increasingly prolific funnyman was looking to expand his skills, and in 1991 it was time to try his hand at directing with the made-for-television comedy Frankenstein: The College Years. Though the film didn't necessarily receive rave reviews, it did provide the emerging director with the experience he would need to make his next film an unsubstantiated hit. When Ace Ventura: Pet Detective hit the multiplexes in February 1994, audiences were introduced to the man who would become the comedy icon of a generation, and it was Shadyac who played a key part in making that happen. As director and co-screenwriter of the film, Shadyac established a long-running professional relationship with rubber-faced, former In Living Color star Carrey -- a relationship that would later continue to great success with such box-office hits as Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty. Having successfully launched Carrey's film career with Ace Ventura, Shadyac's would next turn one of Hollywood's most foul-mouthed comedians into an icon of family entertainment with the 1996 comedy The Nutty Professor. A detour into sentimentality with the 1998 comedy drama misfire Patch Adams proved an important milestone in Shadyac's career by providing the filmmaker with his first producer credit, and in the few years following the box-office bomb Dragonfly, the prolific filmmaker would continue to serve as producer on screens both big and small with work on 8 Simple Rules...for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Bruce Almighty, and Accepted. Despite his longtime friend Carrey's refusal to appear in the proposed sequel to Bruce Almighty, Shadyac would remain faithful to his 2003 hit by returning to the helm to direct Steve Carell in 2007's Evan Almighty.

Highest Rated Movies



61% Brian Banks Director 2019
No Score Yet Happy Executive Producer 2011
36% I Am Director Screenwriter $1.6M 2011
15% I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Producer $119.8M 2007
23% Evan Almighty Producer Director $100.3M 2007
37% Accepted Producer $36.4M 2006
48% Bruce Almighty Producer Director $242.6M 2003
7% Dragonfly Director $30.1M 2002
26% Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Executive Producer $122.4M 2000
22% Patch Adams Director Executive Producer 1998
81% Liar Liar Director 1997
64% The Nutty Professor Screenwriter Director 1996
48% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Director Screenwriter 1993
No Score Yet Frankenstein: The College Years Director 1991
No Score Yet Jocks Chris 1986


38% Brand X with Russell Brand
Guest 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
Guest 2011
56% 8 Simple Rules
Executive Producer Producer 2004
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Danny 1984


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