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      Charlie Kaufman

      Charlie Kaufman

      Highest Rated: 94% Being John Malkovich (1999)

      Lowest Rated: 48% Human Nature (2001)

      Birthday: Nov 19, 1958

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Without a doubt one of Hollywood's most iconoclastic and imaginative screenwriters, Charlie Kaufman tapped into his surreal imagination that was one part Franz Kafka, another part Philip K. Dick, and produced some of the most inventive films of the early 21st century. Starting off as a writer on television shows like "Get a Life!" (Fox, 1990-92) and "The Edge" (Fox, 1992-93), Kaufman realized his dream of writing features with "Being John Malkovich" (1999), an absurd and hilarious dramedy that announced his arrival as a formidable artiste who managed to attract mainstream attention. Immediately tagged as one who shied away from the media spotlight, Kaufman was rather reticent about personal details and instead allowed his work to speak for itself. After receiving an enormous amount of praise and a substantial cult following with "Malkovich," he followed up with the mildly received screwball comedy "Human Nature" (2001). Kaufman let his imagination loose with "Adaptation" (2002), an attempt to adapt Susan Orlean's best-selling novel The Orchid Thief, where the scribe wound up writing himself and fictional twin brother, Donald Kaufman, into the script to hilarious and awards-worthy results. But it was "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) that earned Kaufman his widest praise, thanks to an imaginative storyline that was pinned down by honest emotion. By the time he made his directorial debut with the maudlin "Synecdoche, New York" (2008) and its even more ambitious stop-motion animated follow-up "Anomalisa" (2015), Kaufman had cemented his reputation as filmmaker capable of turning wildly complex ideas into believable and entertaining movies.

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      Charlie Kaufman at in-store appearance for Meet the Filmmakers: ANOMALISA, The Apple Store Soho, New York, NY March 7, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Charlie Kaufman at in-store appearance for Meet the Filmmakers: ANOMALISA, The Apple Store Soho, New York, NY March 7, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, director Charlie Kaufman (left), on set, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, director Charlie Kaufman (wearing striped shirt), on set, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, from left: Philip Seymour Hoffman, director Charlie Kaufman, on set, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, from left: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams, director Charlie Kaufman, on set, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics ADAPTATION, (aka ADAPTATION.), Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman at the Berlin Film Festival, 2003 ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, Kate Winslet, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, 2003, (c) Focus Features

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      91% 61% Orion and the Dark Screenwriter - 2024
      83% No Score Yet Darkest Miriam Executive Producer - 2024
      82% 50% I'm Thinking of Ending Things Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2020
      91% 71% Anomalisa Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $3.4M 2015
      69% 71% Synecdoche, New York Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $3.1M 2008
      92% 94% Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Screenwriter $34.1M 2004
      80% 75% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Screenwriter $16.0M 2002
      90% 85% Adaptation Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $22.2M 2002
      48% 61% Human Nature Writer,
      Producer
      $695.9K 2001
      94% 87% Being John Malkovich Writer,
      Executive Producer
      $22.9M 1999

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2008