Bill Condon
Birth Date:
October 22, 1955
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Famous for:
Oscar nominee for Gods and Monsters'
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Gods and Monsters


Academy Award winning screenwriter and director Bill Condon is best known for his work in the critically acclaimed movie version “Gods and Monsters” (1998), starring Ian McKellen. He won his Oscar for his writing and received nominations at the Independent Spirit and WGA Awards. He also took home Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and his second WGA nomination for scripting Rob Marshall's successful musical “Chicago” (2002), which was based on the stage musical of the same name, and an Independent Spirit nomination and WGA nomination for the biographical film “Kinsey” (2004), which he also directed. Condon also wrote and directed the multiple Oscar nominated movie adaptation of “Dreamgirls” (2006), through which Jennifer Hudson won an Academy Award for her performance as Effie White. Starting out as a film journalist, the graduate of Columbia University began his screenwriting career in 1981 with Michael Laughlin's “Strange Behavior” but did not make his directorial debut until 1987 with “Sister, Sister” (also wrote the script). Prior to his success with “Gods and Monsters,” Condon spent the early 1990s directing TV films. His upcoming film projects include “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said” (2011, as director and writer) and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2012, as director).

Condon won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2005 GLAAD Media Awards, an award presented to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals in the media for their contribution in fighting homophobia. He was handed the Outfest Achievement Award at the 2007 L.A. Outfest and the Filmmaker Award at the 2008 Cinema Audio Society.

Condon is openly guy. He is in a relationship with Jack Morrissey.


Childhood and Family:

Bill Condon was born William Condon on October 22, 1955, in New York City, New York. His father was a detective and his mother went to the same school as the Brooklyn born actress Susan Hayward (born in 1917, died 1975). He grew up in an Irish Catholic family and graduated from Regis High School, an all male Jesuit school in Manhattan. He further pursued his studies at New York's Columbia University, where he earned a BA in philosophy. Bill is a lifelong film fan. When he was younger, he enjoyed watching classic horrors films like James Whale's “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) and William Castle's “House on Haunted Hill” (1959).



After college, Bill Condon began a career as a film journalist and wrote for the publications “Millimeter” and “American Film.” He later made friends with Michael Laughlin and they collaborated on the horror spoof “Strange Behavior” (1981), with Condon co-writing the script with director Laughlin. He also served as an associate producer and acted in the film as Bryan Morgan. He went on to co-write Laughlin's “Strange Invaders” (1983), which was intended to be the second sequel in the terminated “Strange Trilogy,” but the idea was abandoned after the film failed to attract enough viewers. Condon received a Saturn nomination for Best Writing for his work on the film.

In 1987, Condon made his feature directorial debut with “Sister, Sister,” a thriller starring Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh. He also co-wrote the script with Ginny Cerrella and Joel Cohen and played a priest in the film. It was his last film of the decade before he moved to television in the early 1990s.

Condon next directed and co-wrote the TV film “Murder 101,” which aired on the USA Network on March 20, 1991, and starred Pierce Brosnan and Dey Young. The thriller brought him a 1992 Edgar Allan Poe for Best Television Feature or Miniseries, which he shared with writing partner Roy Johansen. He followed it up directing Gregory Hines, Annette O'Toole, Bill Nunn, Gregg Henry and Marc Macaula in the drama “White Lie” (1991), a TV film adaptation of Samuel Charters' novel “Louisiana Black,” and Bryan Brown, Teri Hatcher, Anne De Salvo, Veronica Cartwright and Seymour Cassel in the TV movie “Dead in the Water” (1991), based on the novel “Web of Murder” by Harry Whittington. Still in 1991, he briefly revisited the cinematic industry when he co-wrote the sequel to the 1986 film “F/X,” “F/X2,” which was directed by Richard Franklin and starred Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy.

Next, Condon directed Robert Urich, Gwyneth Paltrow and Matthew Perry in the ABC drama “Deadly Relations” (1994), which was adapted from the book “Deadly Relations: A True Story of Murder in a Suburban Family” by Carol Donahue and Shirley Hall, and Roger Moore and Malcolm McDowell in the ABC television movie “The Man Who Wouldn't Die,” written by David Amann. Back to features as a director, Condon directed Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O'Leary, Bill Nunn, Matt Clark and Veronica Cartwright in “Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh” (1995), a sequel to the horror film “Candyman,” an adaptation of the renowned British horror novelist Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden.” It grossed nearly $14 million.

Condon's big breakthrough arrived in 1998 when he wrote and directed “Gods and Monsters,” a big screen version of Christopher Bram's novel “Father of Frankenstein.” Starring Ian McKellen, the film enjoyed critical acclaim and won Condon an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. He also received an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Screenplay, a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, a Golden Satellite for Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Adaption, and a Bram Stoker for Screenplay. He also nabbed a Silver Seashell for Special Prize of the Jury at the 1998 San Sebastián International Film Festival, a Golden Space Needle for Best Director at the 1998 Seattle International Film Festival, an Audience Choice Award (2nd place) at the Chicago International Film Festival, a Critics Award at the 1998 Deauville Film Festival, a Chlotrudis nomination for Best Director, and a British Independent Film nomination for Best Director. Under his direction, McKellen was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama and Lynn Redgrave, who portrayed Hanna, won a 1999 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. “Gods and Monsters,” executive produced by Barker, grossed over $6 million in the domestic market against its budget of $3.5 million. Other cast members included Brendan Fraser, Matt McKenzie, Lolita Davidovich, Jack Betts, Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy and Jack Plotnick.

In the new millennium, Condon branched out to episodic television when he directed “The Others” episode “1112” (2000). Two years later, he adapted the stage musical “Chicago” for the big screen version of the same name, which was directed by Rob Marshall and starred Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly. The film received rave reviews from critics and was a huge box office success, grossing over $306 million against its budget of $45 million. For his writing, Condon was handed his second Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a WGA nomination, an Edgar Allan Poe Award, and a Golden Satellite nomination. The film also starred Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs and Colm Feore.

After co-scripting “Shortcut to Happiness” (2004), a film adaptation of the Stephen Vincent Benet classic short story “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” which was directed by Alec Baldwin and starred Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dan Aykroyd and Kim Cattrall, Condon wrote and directed “Kinsey” (2004), a biographical film about Alfred Kinsey (played by Liam Neeson). For his work, Condon took home an Independent Film nomination for Best Screenplay, a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Writer, Satellite nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay - Original, and a WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

In 2006, Condon wrote and directed the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the 1981 acclaimed Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson. The movie won Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Hudson), not to mention additional Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Murphy) and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song, for the songs “Listen,” “Love You I Do” and “Patience.” Condon was handed a Satellite Award for Best Director, a Satellite nomination for Best Screenplay, Adapted, a Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures and Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics Choice nomination for Best Director for his work in “Dreamgirls.”

After a break, Condon returned to the small screen in 2009 when he co-wrote and produced the “81st Annual Academy Awards” (2009), hosted by Huge Jackman. He shared Emmy nominations for Outstanding Special Class Programs and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for the show. He also directs the TV comedy series “The Big C” (2010), whose cast includes Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso, William Duffy and John Benjamin Hickey.

Condon is the director and writer of the upcoming biography film “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said” (2011), which is based on the life of comedian Richard Pryor. The film will star Marlon Wayans as Pryor. He has also signed on to direct the British big screen adaptation of Paul Torday's novel “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2012).


  • Cinema Audio Society: Filmmaker Award, 2008

  • L.A. Outfest: Outfest Achievement Award, 2007

  • Satellite: Best Director, “Dreamgirls,” 2006

  • Directors Guild of Great Britain (DGBB): Outstanding Directorial Achievement in International Film, “Kinsey,” 2005

  • GLAAD Media: Stephen F. Kolzak Award, 2005

  • Edgar Allan Poe: Edgar, Best Motion Picture, “Chicago,” 2003

  • Oscar: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, “Gods and Monsters,” 1999

  • Bram Stoker: Screenplay, “Gods and Monsters,” 1999

  • Golden Satellite: Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Adaption, “Gods and Monsters,” 1999

  • Chicago International Film Festival: 2nd place, Audience Choice Award, “Gods and Monsters,” 1998

  • Deauville Film Festival: Critics Award, “Gods and Monsters,” 1998

  • San Sebastián International Film Festival: Silver Seashell, Special Prize of the Jury, “Gods and Monsters,” 1998

  • Seattle International Film Festival: Golden Space Needle Award, Best Director, “Gods and Monsters,” 1998

  • Edgar Allan Poe: Edgar, Best Television Feature or Miniseries, “Murder 101,” 1992

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