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Stephen Gaghan

Stephen Gaghan

Highest Rated: 93% Traffic (2000)

Lowest Rated: 15% Dolittle (2020)

Birthday: May 6, 1965

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Having launched his career on television, screenwriter and director Stephen Gaghan emerged as the Oscar-winning writer of the acclaimed sociopolitical crime epic, "Traffic" (2000). Before that, Gaghan had risen up the ranks as a staff writer on popular shows like "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98), "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004). Gaghan later shifted gears to features, starting with the military courtroom thriller "Rules of Engagement" (2000), before working with director Steven Soderbergh on the sprawling "Traffic," which became a critical darling and box office hit. From there, he became much in demand as a script doctor on numerous studio films while continuing to move on his own projects. Gaghan sat down in the director's chair for the first time with the little-known teen thriller "Abandon" (2002) before being credited as one of the screenwriters on "The Alamo" (2004). For his second directing effort, "Syriana" (2005), he again took a complex sociopolitical issue - Middle Eastern oil - and turned it into a complex, but personal drama that earned both critical praise and box office success. Gaghan's ability to weave labyrinth interlocking stories into highly-relatable entertainment made him one of the most sought-after and highly praised screenwriters of his day.

Photos

GOLD, L-R: EDGAR RAMIREZ, STEPHEN GAGHAN ON SET, 2016. ©TWC-DIMENSION SYRIANA, left: director Stephen Gaghan on set, 2005, ©Warner Bros. SYRIANA, George Clooney, Director Stephen Gaghan, Producer Jennifer Fox, Director of Photography Robert Elswitt, on set, 2005, (c) Warner Brothers SYRIANA, Director Stephen Gaghan, on set, 2005, (c) Warner Brothers SYRIANA, Director Stephen Gaghan, on set, 2005, (c) Warner Brothers SYRIANA, Director Stephan Gaghan, on set, 2005, (c) Warner Brothers

Filmography

Movies

Credit
15% 76% Dolittle Director,
Screenwriter
$77.0M 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le Voyage du Docteur Dolittle Director,
Screenwriter
- 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bunker77 Executive Producer - 2016
41% 46% Gold Director $7.2M 2016
73% 67% Syriana Director,
Writer
$50.8M 2005
45% 36% Havoc Writer - 2005
29% 46% The Alamo Screenwriter $22.4M 2004
16% 31% Abandon Director,
Writer
$10.7M 2002
93% 85% Traffic Screenwriter $124.1M 2000
37% 55% Rules of Engagement Screenwriter $61.3M 2000

TV

Credit
65% 82% Entourage Stephen Gaghan (Guest Star) 2007
63% 100% American Gothic Writer 1995-1996 1998
83% 93% NYPD Blue Writer 1996