Seth Gordon Biography


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Birth Name: Seth Gordon
Born: 07/15/1974
Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois, USA


Gordon was born in Illinois, and was educated at the prestigious Lakeside School in Seattle before attending Yale University to study architecture. While at Yale, the tech-savvy Gordon taught himself film editing on the Avid digital editing system, and was active in the improvisational comedy group The Exit Players. After college he made a few original short films, leading to his involvement with the country-rock group The Dixie Chicks and their documentary "Shut Up and Sing" (2006), for which he served as cinematographer. Gordon earned his first producer credit on the indie documentary "New York Doll" (2005), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, setting the stage for his breakout moment as director, producer, cinematographer and editor with "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," telling the tale of an average joe who rises in the ranks of competitive Donkey Kong.

Though his documentary work landed Gordon in Hollywood, the young filmmaker eagerly jumped into the world of fiction films by directing the big-budget holiday comedy "Four Christmases" with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in 2008. The multi-faceted Gordon next tried his hand at television, directing episodes of "The Office" (2005-) and "Modern Family" (2009-) before drawing on his knowledge of computers with "H*Commerce: The Business of Hacking You" (2009), an online series aimed at educating individuals on cyber-crime.

Gordon then revisited his documentary roots with the anthology film "Freakonomics" (2010), and once again threw himself into new territory by tackling raunchy dark comedy in his next feature, "Horrible Bosses" (2011), a well-received crime farce starring Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston. Switching to television once again, Gordon created, wrote, produced and directed the short-lived Fox comedy "Breaking In" (2011-12), a series that examined the lighter side of computer hacking. Once more, Gordon's storehouse of knowledge on cyber-theft led him to exploit the subject for laughs in the 2013 feature "Identity Thief," a raucous comedy with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy met with mixed reviews but some big box-office returns.




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