PROFILE
Name:
Howard Deutch
Birth Date:
September 14, 1950
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Director of 'The Replacements' (2000)
BIOGRAPHY
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Pretty in Pink

Background:

Feature and TV director Howard Deutch, son of United Artists Records president Murray Deutch, began his career in the early 1980s directing music videos, commercials, and plays. Since his feature directional debut in "Pretty in Pink" (1986), which was written by John Hughes, Deutch frequently collaborated with Hughes in his early film-making works, "Some Kind of Wonderful"(1987) and "The Great Outdoors" (1988).

He stepped out from under Hughes' feature umbrella in the early 1990s, when he directed "Article 99" (1992). He went on to direct the following years' films "Getting Even with Dad" (1994), "Grumpier Old Men" (1995), "The Odd Couple II" (1998), "Family Affair" (2000), "The Replacements" (2000), and "The Whole Ten Yards" (2004). His latest film project, "My Best Friend's Girl," a comedy starring Jason Biggs, Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Alec Baldwin, and Lizzy Caplan, will hit theaters on September 19, 2008.

Meanwhile, Deutch has directed some TV projects, including episodes of "Tales from the Crypt," "Caroline in the City" (1995), "Watching Ellie" (2002), and the pilot episode of "Melrose Place." He also directed "Gleason" (2002; aka. "Gleason: The Jackie Gleason Story"), which earned him a Directors Guild of America (DGA) nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.

On a more personal note, the film director has been married to actress and director Lea Thompson, whom he met while directing her in the film "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987). They have two daughters together.


Recording Boss' Son

Childhood and Family:

The only son of United Artists Records president Murray Deutch (he gave Buddy Holly his first recording contract), Howard Deutch was born on September 14, 1950 in New York, New York. He was educated at George W. Hewlett High School and Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

In 1989, Deutch married his present wife, actress and director Lea Thompson (born on May 31, 1961), whom he met while directing her in the film "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987). They have two daughters: Madeline Deutch (born on March 23, 1991) and Zoey Deutch (born in 1994). Deutch and his family make their home in Los Angeles.


Some Kind of Wonderful

Career:

Son of president of United Artists Records Murray Deutch, Howard Deutch began his career in the advertising department of the recording company. As a partner in successful movie trailer company Kanew-Manger-Deutch, Deutch teamed up with various filmmakers in creating award-winning trailers before turning to directing music videos for such artists as Stewart Copeland & Stan Ridgway ("Don't Box Me In"; 1984), Billy Joel ("Keeping the Faith"; 1984), Annie Golden ("Hang Up the Phone"; 1984), and Billy Idol ("Flesh for Fantasy"; 1984).

Meanwhile, Deutch also sharpened his craft at New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre under the supervision of Kurt Dempster. He helmed a number of plays, including a production of "Landscape with Waitress" and "Surprise." By this time, he had established himself as one of the most respected commercial directors in the industry, having helmed numerous spots for a wide range of products.

In 1986, Deutch made his feature directing debut in the romantic drama/comedy starring Molly Ringwald and the Brat Pack, "Pretty in Pink," which was written by John Hughes. In the following year, he made second collaboration with John Hughes in "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987), where he met future wife Lea Thompson. The film, which is noted for having the same basic premise as Hughes and Deutch's previous film, also stars Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson. It also became one of the many successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in the 1980s.

Deutch reteamed with Hughes in the 1988 comedy film "The Great Outdoors," starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and featuring Annette Bening, Stephanie Faracy, Robert Prosky, and Lewis Arquette. He also made earlier TV series directorial credit while helming the "Only Sin Deep" (1989) and "Dead Right" (1990) episodes of the HBO horror anthology series starring wife Lea Thompson, "Tales from the Crypt."

In the early 1990s, Deutch directed the pilot episode of the popular Fox primetime soap opera, "Melrose Place" (1992). He then returned to feature film and directed wife Thompson, Kiefer Sutherland, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, and John C. McGinley, in the medical drama/comedy "Article 99" (1992), which was produced by Orion Pictures. He also directed Macaulay Culkin and Ted Danson in the family/comedy movie "Getting Even with Dad" (1994).

The mid 1990s saw Deutch helmed the sequel of Warner Bros. 1993 romantic comedy film "Grumpy Old Men," "Grumpier Old Men" (1995; starring Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret, and Sophia Loren). Mark Steven Johnson wrote the screenplay and Alan Silvestri composed the original music score. He also directed episodes of NBC sitcom "Caroline in the City" (1995-1999), starring wife Lea Thompson as cartoonist Caroline Duffy.

Deutch spent the rest of the decade co-directed the musical documentary "Billy Joel: Greatest Hits Volume III" (1997) and helmed the 1998 sequel to 1968's "The Odd Couple," "The Odd Couple II," which reunites Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their last film together.

Entering the new millennium, Deutch directed the independent film "Family Affair" (2000) and the football comedy very loosely based on the 1987 National Football League players' strike, "The Replacements" (2000), starring Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, and Orlando Jones. In the following year, he co-directed the musical documentary "Billy Joel: The Essential Video Collection" (2001) (V).

In 2002, Deutch worked as TV director for NBC sitcom starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Watching Ellie" (2002-2003), and the biographical family drama TV movie, "Gleason" (2002; aka. "Gleason: The Jackie Gleason Story"), starring Brad Garrett. The telepic earned him a Directors Guild of America (DGA) nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.

Deutch then returned to film-making and directed sequel to the movie "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000), "The Whole Ten Yards" (2004), starring Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, and Natasha Henstridge. His latest film project, "My Best Friend's Girl," a comedy starring Jason Biggs, Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Alec Baldwin, and Lizzy Caplan, will hit theaters on September 19, 2008.


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