Jonathan Mostow Biography

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Born: November 28, 1961


Date of Birth: November 28, 1961

Raised in Woodbridge, Connecticut, Jonathan Mostow began his filmmaking career as a student at Harvard University, where he directed numerous shorts and documentaries. He also trained at the American Repertory Company and NYC's Lee Strasberg Institute. He directed music videos and industrial films before writing and directing his first film, the direct-to-video release Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers (1989). Mostow made his television writing/directorial debut in 1991 with the Showtime movie Flight of the Black Angel, for which he earned a CableACE nomination for Best International Movie or Special.

His first big budget Hollywood film was Breakdown (1997), starring Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan. Mostow not only directed, but wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay of the psychological thriller that featured Russell as a man whose wife vanishes in the desert after their car breaks down. The film opened at No. 1 at the box office, and Mostow went on to found the production company Mostow/Lieberman Productions with partner Hal Lieberman, based at Universal Studios. He returned to television to direct Tom Hanks in the finale of the Emmy Award-winning mini-series From The Earth to the Moon (1998). Mostow next wrote and directed the hit action thriller U-571 (2000), starring Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel. The WWII submarine movie took over the No. 1 spot at the box office for two consecutive weeks.

Mostow was chosen to step in as director for the third instalment of the Terminator movies, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), created by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Surrogates (2009)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
U-571 (2000)
Breakdown (1997)
Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers (1989)
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