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      Jonathan Lynn

      Jonathan Lynn

      Highest Rated: 87% My Cousin Vinny (1992)

      Lowest Rated: 13% The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

      Birthday: Apr 3, 1943

      Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England, UK

      Perhaps best known for creating and writing the award-winning British TV series "Yes, Minister" (BBC2 1980-84) and "Yes, Prime Minister" (BBC2 1986-88), Jonathan Lynn honed his comedic skills as a member of the Cambridge Circus satirical revue in the mid-1960s. After acting on the New York and London stage as well as British TV, he branched out into directing in the early '70s, staging plays in the West End, for the RSC, the NT and on Broadway. Lynn wrote the screenplay for "The Internecine Project" (1974) and made a short film, "Mick's People" (1982), before directing his first feature, the cult favorite "Clue" (1985). Lynn's subsequent work included the cross-dressing comedy "Nuns on the Run" (1990) starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane; the fish-out-of-water hit "My Cousin Vinny" (1991), which garnered an Academy Award for supporting actress Marisa Tomei; Eddie Murphy's political satire "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992); and the action comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (1999), starring Robert De Niro and Matthew Perry, which was #1 at the box office for 3 weeks. Lynn's West End theater debut, aged 23, was as an actor in the role of Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of "Fiddler on the Roof. " His subsequent London directing credits include: "The Glass Menagerie"; "Songbook" (Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award); "Anna Christie" (RSC, Stratford and the Donmar); Joe Orton's "Loot"; "Pass The Butler" by Eric Idle, Shaw's "Arms And The Man" and "The Gingerbread Man" (Old Vic). At the National Theatre, he directed "A Little Hotel on the Side" by Georges Feydeau and Three Men on A Horse (Olivier Award, Best Comedy). As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End. His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award -Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information.

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      THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS, Director Jonathan Lynn on the set, 2003, (c) Paramount THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS, Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyonce Knowles, director Jonathan Lynn on the set, 2003, (c) Paramount MY COUSIN VINNY, director Jonathan Lynn, Joe Pesci, on set, 1992. ©20th Century Fox GREEDY, Colleen Camp, Kirsten Dunst (front), Lisa Bradley (front), Bob Balaban, Siobhan Fallon, Sean Babb, Phil Hartman, Olivia D'Abo, Kirk Douglas, Nancy Travis, Michael J. Fox, Ed Begley Jr., Eric Lloyd (front), Mary Ellen Trianor, Jere Burns, Adam Hende



      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Done It: The Clue Documentary Self - 2022
      31% 56% Wild Target Director $117.2K 2010
      51% 50% Vanity Fair Executive Producer $16.1M 2004
      42% 66% The Fighting Temptations Director $30.2M 2003
      43% 64% The Whole Nine Yards Director $57.3M 2000
      50% 30% Trial and Error Director,
      $13.6M 1997
      30% 47% Sgt. Bilko Director $30.1M 1996
      32% 48% Greedy Douglas (Character),
      $12.4M 1994
      13% 37% The Distinguished Gentleman Director $46.5M 1992
      87% 87% My Cousin Vinny Director $50.9M 1992
      42% 53% Nuns on the Run Director,
      $9.7M 1990
      No Score Yet 40% Suspicion Unknown (Character) - 1987
      71% 86% Clue Director,
      $13.4M 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Outside Edge Kevin (Character) - 1982


      No Score Yet 89% Yes, Prime Minister Writer 1986-1988
      No Score Yet 93% Yes, Minister Writer 1980-1982 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Life Unknown (Character) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Liver Birds Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1972 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Buses Writer 1972-1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Colditz Unknown (Character) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doctor in the House Unknown (Character) 1970