Steven Zaillian Biography (1953-)

Born January 30, 1953 (some sources cite 1951), in California; son of Jim Zaillian (a radio news reporter, deceased); married; children: two sons. Career: Writer, director, producer, and film editor. Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination, best adapted screenplay, 1990, for Awakenings; Academy Award, best adapted screenplay, 1993, for Schindler's List..

Writer, director, producer, film editor
Birth Details
January 30, 1953
California, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Work
  • Editor, Breaker! Breaker! (also known as Cindy Jo and the TexasTurnaround), 1977
  • Editor, Kingdom of the Spiders, Dimension Pictures, 1977
  • Editor, Starhops, First American, 1978
  • Editor, Below the Belt, Atlantic, 1980
  • Director, Searching for Bobby Fischer (also known as Innocent Moves), Paramount, 1993
  • Executive producer and director, A Civil Action, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Screenplays
  • The Falcon and the Snowman, Orion, 1984
  • Awakenings, Columbia, 1990
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer (also known as Innocent Moves),Paramount, 1993
  • Jack the Bear, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Schindler's List (based on the novel by Thomas Keneally), Universal, 1993
  • (With Donald Stewart and John Milius) Clear and Present Danger, Paramount, 1994
  • Twister (also known as Catch the Wind and Wind Devils), Warner Bros., 1996
  • Amistad, DreamWorks, 1997
  • A Civil Action (based on the book by Jonathan Harr), Buena Vista,1998

Further Reference


  • The feature film Mission: Impossible, released by Paramount in 1996, was based on a story by Zaillian.
    • New York Times, November 15, 1998, p. 42.*

    User Contributions:

    Marlene SchwarzHobday
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    Jul 26, 2015 @ 3:15 pm
    Hello. I just wonder if it is possible to contact Steve Zaillian or somehow get a story idea to him. I actually used to live up the street from him as a kid & remember his parents more than him. He, & his profession, came to mind when I was trying to think of a way to tell what I think is an important & interesting story.
    I'm not sure if you can even help me out but I don't have any idea how to contact him about this without him thinking I am a crazy fan or something! Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for you time,

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