Edward Zwick
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Edward Zwick

Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick 2016.jpg
Zwick in 2016
Edward M. Zwick

(1952-10-08) October 8, 1952 (age 67)
Alma materHarvard University, A.B. 1974
AFI Conservatory, MFA 1975
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active1983-present
Notable work
About Last Night, thirtysomething, Glory, Shakespeare in Love, The Last Samurai, Once and Again, Blood Diamond
Lynn Liberty Godshall
(m. 1982)

Edward M. Zwick (born October 8, 1952) is an American filmmaker and producer of film and television. He has worked primarily in the comedy-drama and epic historical film genres, including About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, and The Last Samurai. He is also the co-creator of the television series thirtysomething and Once and Again.

Zwick's prolific body of work has earned numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Picture as a producer, and Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series, and Outstanding Dramatic Special. He has additionally been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards.

Early life and education

Zwick was born into a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois,[2][3][4] the son of Ruth Ellen (née Reich) and Allen Zwick.[1] He attended New Trier High School, received an A.B. at Harvard in 1974, and attended the AFI Conservatory, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975.


His films include Glory (1989), Legends of the Fall (1994), The Siege (1998), The Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006), and Defiance (2008). Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a film production company called The Bedford Falls Company (inspired by the name of the town featured in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life). This company has produced such notable films as Traffic and Shakespeare in Love and the TV shows thirtysomething, Relativity, Once and Again, and My So-Called Life.

He was one of the recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture for Shakespeare in Love; he was also nominated in the same category for Traffic.

Despite sharing a surname and profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick.



Producer only


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1979-80 Family Yes Yes Yes 1 episode (directed);
5 episodes (written)
1983 Special Bulletin Yes Yes Yes TV movie
1987-91 thirtysomething Yes Yes executive Co-creator;
3 episodes (directed);
8 episodes (written)
1990 Extreme Close-Up No Story executive TV movie
1999-2002 Once and Again Yes Yes executive Co-creator;
3 episodes (directed);
4 episodes (written)
Also actor; as Dr. Daniel Rosenfeld
2008 Quarterlife No Yes executive Web series;
also co-creator;
2 episodes (written)
2009 A Marriage No Yes executive TV movie
2016-18 Nashville No Yes executive 1 episode (written)
2020 Away Yes No No 1 episode (director)

Executive producer only

Year Title Notes
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Episode "Sawdust"
1989 Dream Street Co-creator
1994-95 My So-Called Life
1998 Relativity
2000 The Only Living Boy in New York Television movie
2002 Women vs. Men

Awards received by Zwick movies

Year Film Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1989 Glory 5 3 1 5 1
1994 Legends of the Fall 3 1 4
2003 The Last Samurai 4 3
2006 Blood Diamond 5 1
2008 Defiance 1 1
2010 Love & Other Drugs 2
Total 18 4 1 0 16 1


  1. ^ a b Edward Zwick Biography (1952-). FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  2. ^ Sachs, Micah. "An Interview with Filmmaker Edward Zwick". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Rosen, Steven (December 7, 2006). "Director Zwick excavates the bloody price of 'Diamonds'". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Cox, David (January 13, 2009). "In Defiance of Jewish passivity". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018.

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