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Chris Columbus American filmmaker

American filmmaker
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Intro American filmmaker
A.K.A. Chris Joseph Columbus
Countries United States of America
Occupations Screenwriter Film producer Film director Writer Filmmaker
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 10 September 1958 (Spangler, United States of America)
Star sign VirgoVirgo
Residence Pacific Heights, United States of America
Family
Children: Eleanor Columbus
Education New York University Tisch School of the Arts
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Biography

Chris Joseph Columbus (born September 10, 1958) is an American filmmaker. Columbus is known for directing films such as Home Alone (1990); its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992); Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); Nine Months (1995); Stepmom (1998); Bicentennial Man (1999); Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001); its sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002); Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010); and Pixels (2015). He is also known for writing films such as Gremlins (1984) and The Goonies (1985).

Home Alone won a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film. Columbus received an Academy Award nomination for producing The Help (2011).

Early life

Columbus was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania and raised in Champion, Ohio, the son of Mary Irene (née Puskar), a factory worker, and Alex Michael Columbus, an aluminum plant worker and coal miner.

Columbus is of Italian and Czech descent. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio, and went on to study at New York University's film school at the Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a schoolmate of writer/director Charlie Kaufman and Alec Baldwin.

Although he received a scholarship, he forgot to renew it and was forced to take a factory job to pay for schooling. While on shifts, he secretly worked on a 20-page screenplay, which one of his teachers would later use to help him get an agent. Columbus later stated the experience "saved my life" noting that he was able to experience "the terrifying reality I faced of having to live and work in that factory for the rest of my life in that town if I didn't make it".

Career

Columbus worked as a screenwriter with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, working on Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985) and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985). He wrote the first episodes of the animated series Galaxy High (1986) and later made his directorial debut with the teen comedy Adventures in Babysitting (1987) and Heartbreak Hotel (1988).

His directorial work includes Home Alone (1990), Only the Lonely (1991), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Nine Months (1995), Stepmom (1998), Bicentennial Man (1999), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Rent (2005), I Love You Beth Cooper (2009), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) and Pixels (2015)

He was the producer of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), the third film in the Harry Potter film series, and received an Academy Award nomination for producing The Help (2011).

Columbus founded his production company named 1492 Pictures in 1995.

The character types preferred by Columbus are the everyday American men, women, and children who struggle to uphold family traditions against a changing, sometimes intimidating society. In 1993, he said: "I can understand the validity of showing people the ugliness of the world, but I also think there is a place for movies to leave people with a sense of hope. If your film isn't going to do that, I just don't think it's worth making."

Columbus created the House of Secrets book series with Ned Vizzini and co-founded a new animation studio called ZAG Animation Studios with Saban Capital Group and ZAG Entertainment. He is also a partner at production company, Ocean Blue Entertainment with 1492 Pictures cofounder Michael Barnathan and 1492 Pictures principal, Mark Radcliffe.

In 2014, he formed another production company, Maiden Voyage Pictures with his daughter, Eleanor.

Personal life

Columbus endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 United States presidential election.

Filmography

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1984 Reckless No Yes No
Gremlins No Yes No
1985 The Goonies No Yes No
Young Sherlock Holmes No Yes No
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Yes No No Directorial Debut
1988 Heartbreak Hotel Yes Yes No
1989 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland No Yes No
1990 Home Alone Yes No No
1991 Only the Lonely Yes Yes No
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Yes No No Role: Man in toy store (uncredited)
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Yes No No
1995 Nine Months Yes Yes Yes
1998 Stepmom Yes No Yes
1999 Bicentennial Man Yes No Yes
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Yes No executive
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Yes No executive
2004 Christmas with the Kranks No Yes Yes
2005 Rent Yes No Yes Role: Angry man in car (uncredited)
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Yes No Yes
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Yes No Yes
2015 Pixels Yes No Yes

In addition, Columbus has been attached as a director on three other potential films, all of which have been on pre-production hold for a number of years: Hello Ghost was announced in 2011, while Melody and Five Nights at Freddy's were both announced in 2015.

Producer only

Year Title Notes
1996 Jingle All the Way
2001 Monkeybone Executive producer
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 Fantastic Four Executive producer
2006 Night at the Museum
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Executive producer
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
2011 The Help
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Executive producer
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
2015 The Witch Executive producer
It Had to Be You
2016 The Young Messiah
Tallulah
2017 Patti Cake$
I Kill Giants
2018 The Christmas Chronicles
2020 Scoob!

Critical reception

Year Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1987 Adventures in Babysitting 76% N/A
1988 Heartbreak Hotel 38% N/A
1990 Home Alone 62% 63%
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 27% N/A
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire 71% 53%
1995 Nine Months 28% N/A
1998 Stepmom 44% 58%
1999 Bicentennial Man 37% 42%
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 81% 64%
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 82% 63%
2005 Rent 46% 53%
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper 14% 32%
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 49% 47%
2015 Pixels 17% 27%

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result
1985 Saturn Award Best Writing Gremlins Nominated
1986 Young Sherlock Holmes Nominated
2002 Amanda Award Best Foreign Feature Film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Nominated
BAFTA Award Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Nominated
BAFTA Children's Award Best Feature Film Nominated
Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Nominated
Saturn Award Best Director Nominated
2003 Amanda Award Best Foreign Feature Film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated
BAFTA Children's Award Best Feature Film Nominated
Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Nominated
Mainichi Film Award Best Foreign Language Film Won
Saturn Award Best Director Nominated
2004 BAFTA Children's Award Best Feature Film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won
2005 BAFTA Award Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Nominated
Satellite Award Outstanding Director Rent Nominated
2012 Academy Award Best Picture The Help Nominated
AFI Award Movie of the Year Won
BAFTA Award Best Film Nominated
Black Reel Award Best Film Won
Christopher Award Best Feature Films Won
Producers Guild of America Award Best Theatrical Motion Pictures Nominated
2016 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Picture Pixels Nominated
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http://www.usitc.gov/publications/337/pub1815.pdf
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2001/oct/28/comment.features
http://www.filmreference.com/film/13/Chris-Columbus.html
https://archive.org/details/internationalwho2004ond
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http://www.boxofficeprophets.com/bigpicture/index.cfm?bigpictureID=2174
https://web.archive.org/web/20070821052831/http://www.boxofficeprophets.com/bigpicture/index.cfm?bigpictureID=2174
http://www.wnyc.org/story/318331-chris-columbus/
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/26/chris-columbus-childrens-novel-house-secrets
http://www.latimes.com/features/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-chris-columbus-and-ned-vizzini-open-up-about-house-of-secrets-20130417,0,6675207.story
http://oceanblueentertainment.com/bio_Chris_Columbus.php
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