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The Director’s Chair: Chris Columbus

Loved “Home Alone” and the “Harry Potter” series as a kid? Then you may want to read about the filmmaker behind these childhood favorites, Chris Columbus!

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Director, producer, and screenwriter Columbus was born on September 10, 1958 in Spangler, Pennsylvania. In college, he attended the film school at New York City’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Before his directorial debut through 1987’s “Adventures in Babysitting,” Columbus worked as a screenwriter for “Reckless” (1984), “Gremlins” (1984), “The Goonies” (1985), and “Young Sherlock Holmes” (1985), all under the Steven Spielberg-founded production company, Amblin Entertainment.

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ movie still via LA Weekly Blogs

Since 1987, Columbus has directed a total of 15 movies so far. Most of his works are comedy films, including “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), “Jingle All the Way” (1996), and “Christmas with the Kranks” (2004).

Columbus was part of two successful movie franchises, “Home Alone” in the early ‘90s and “Harry Potter” a decade later. He directed the first two films for both franchises (“Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets),” as well as produced the third Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

‘Rent’ movie still via The Cinematic Intelligence Agency

In the last decade, Columbus directed more mainstream films such as the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical “Rent,” the romantic comedy “I Love You, Beth Cooper,” and “Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief.” He was also behind popular movies “Fantastic Four,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” and “The Help” as producer.

For his efforts, Columbus has received numerous nominations but won only five by far: Japan’s Mainichi Film Award’s nod for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003 for “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, the BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Feature Film in 2004 for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (shared with Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman and Mark Radcliffe), and the Best Film nods by the American Film Awards, Black Reel Awards, and the Christopher Award in 2012 for “The Help.”

All information in this article were sourced from Wikipedia.

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