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John Hamburg

John Hamburg American screenwriter and film director

American screenwriter and film director
John Hamburg
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Intro American screenwriter and film director
Is Screenwriter Film producer Film director Writer
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 26 May 1970, New York City
Age: 50 years
Spouse: Christina Kirk
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John Hamburg (born May 26, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director and producer.

Personal life

Hamburg was born in Manhattan, the son of New York City radio personality Joan Hamburg and Morton I. Hamburg. His family is Jewish. He graduated from Brown University in 1992 with a degree in history. He then attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Hamburg is married to actress Christina Kirk.


After screening his 1996 short film Tick at the Sundance Film Festival, Hamburg wrote and directed the 1998 film Safe Men. Hamburg then found greater success co-writing Meet the Parents and Zoolander, and returned to the director's chair with Along Came Polly, which he also wrote. He also co-wrote the sequel Meet the Fockers. In 2009, Hamburg wrote and directed the hit comedy I Love You, Man. He wrote the second sequel to Meet the Parents, entitled Little Fockers.

In 2016, Hamburg co-wrote the sequel Zoolander 2, which grossed $56 million at the box office compared to a $50 million budget, and directed and co-wrote the comedy Why Him? for 20th Century Fox.


Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Writer
1998 Safe Men Yes Yes
2000 Meet the Parents Yes
2001 Zoolander Yes
2004 Along Came Polly Yes Yes
Meet the Fockers Yes
2009 I Love You, Man Yes Yes Yes
2010 Little Fockers Yes Yes
2015 Drunk Wedding Yes
2016 Zoolander 2 Yes
Why Him? Yes Yes

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