Born: December 16, 1970
Date of Birth: December 16, 1970
Writer, producer and director Justin Zackham attended film school at New York University. After graduation, he wasted no time jumping into work. Zackham quickly moved to Los Angeles where he directed his first feature film Going Greek (2001). The film, which he also wrote and produced, was a comedy about a loner freshman named Jake Taylor who is forced to join the coolest and wildest fraternity on campus. The comedy starred Dylan Bruno, Laura Harris and Simon Rex and won a Teen Choice Award for comedy actors Harvey Silver and Oliver Hudson.
In 2003, Zackham worked as writer and producer on the documentary The Fastest Man in the World (2003), which again starred Dylan Bruno alongside Corey Pearson and Charlie Talbert. Following that, his next big project was the drama The Bucket List (2007), which he also wrote and produced. The film starred Oscar-winning actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. In 2007, it won the NBR Award at the National Board of Review.
Zackham’s second major feature film was the star-studded comedy The Big Wedding (2013), with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon among others. The film centers on a long-divorced couple who fake being married for a big family wedding.
Zackham’s other accomplishments include working as writer and executive producer for the television show Light Outs in 2011. He also won a Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Short Film in 1999 for Caught in the Act (1999).
Filmography:The Big Wedding (2013)