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Chris Columbus
Born September 10, 1958 (1958-09-10) (age 51)
Spangler, Pennsylvania
Occupation Screenwriter, Film Producer and Film Director
Years active 1984 – present
Spouse(s) Monica Devereux
(1983–present)

Christopher "Chris" Columbus (born September 10, 1958) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Columbus had most success with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film), and the Home Alone film (1990), winning a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film.

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Life and career

Columbus was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Irene, a factory worker, and Alex Columbus, an aluminum plant worker and coal miner.[1][2] Columbus is of Italian and Czech descent.[3] He married Monica Devereux in 1983, with whom he had four children: Eleanor, Violet, Brendan, and Isabella.

Columbus graduated from Tisch School of the Arts and made his directorial debut with the teen comedy Adventures in Babysitting (1987). Columbus also created and wrote the first episodes of the animated series Galaxy High (1986–87).

With Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg launched the career of Chris Columbus, hired Columbus as writter for Gremlins (1984), later Spielberg produced and wrote the story to The Goonies (1985), Columbus on screenplay, directed by Richard Donner. Spielberg produced Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Columbus wrote the screenplay, directed by Barry Levinson. And later Spielberg brought Columbus to write for his Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) the third installment of Indiana Jones films, Columbus thought it was going to change his life, but producer George Lucas was not satisfied with Columbus's script and terminated the contract.

His directorial work includes Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Heartbreak Hotel (1988), 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 Philosopher's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Rent (2005), I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010).

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Success and criticism

The characters best loved by the blue-chip director are the everyday American men, women and children who struggle to uphold family traditions against a changing, sometimes intimidating society.[4] 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 founded his production company named 1492 Pictures in 1995, intended as a play to Columbus's more famous namesake, Christopher Columbus.

Family and cameo appearances

His brother in law, Clarke Devereux, attended Boston College and was roommates with Ed Rabasco a lawyer who went to see Reckless, Columbus' first film, with Columbus and other friends and at the end of the movie they all got up and clapped. Other viewers at the movie asked "why are you clapping" and they responded with "This is the writer right here".[citation needed]

His daughter Eleanor Columbus appeared as the character Susan Bones in the two Potter films he directed, making her one of only two Americans cast as students, along with cousin Robert Ayres (Boy in Study Hall #2 in his second Harry Potter film). She also appeared as an infant in Home Alone with her mother, and had a small cameo along with her father in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Two of his other children, Violet and Brendan, appeared in unnamed cameo roles in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Violet Columbus also appeared in I Love You, Beth Cooper, singing "Forget Me" at the very beginning of graduation and the entire movie itself.

Devereux made a small appearance in Home Alone as the red-headed flight attendant, and in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as the Plaza telephone operator.

Columbus lives in San Francisco's Pacific Heights, where his children attend or previously attended Saint Ignatius College Preparatory. He donated money to the school for a new building, which is named after him.

Filmography

Year Title Writer Producer Director Gross (US$)
1984 Gremlins $153 million
Reckless $8 million
1985 Young Sherlock Holmes $20 million
The Goonies $61 million
1987 Adventures in Babysitting $34 million
1988 Heartbreak Hotel $6 million
1990 Home Alone $286 million
1991 Only the Lonely $22 million
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York $174 million
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire $219 million
1995 Nine Months $70 million
1996 Jingle All the Way $61 million
1998 Stepmom $91 million
1999 Bicentennial Man $58 million
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $318 million
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $262 million
2004 Christmas with the Kranks $74 million
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $250 million
2005 Rent $29 million
Fantastic Four $155 million
2006 Night at the Museum $251 million
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer $132 million
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper $15 million
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $177 million
2010 The Help
The Last Campaign
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief $204 million
2011 Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Welcome to Hoxford
Will Sebastian

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Chris Columbus
Born Chris Joseph Columbus
September 10, 1958 (1958-09-10) (age 52)
Spangler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter, producer, director
Years active 1984–present
Spouse Monica Devereux (1983–present)

Chris Joseph Columbus[1] (born September 10, 1958) is an American movie director, producer and screenwriter. His most successful films are Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Home Alone.

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Early life

Columbus was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He is the son of Mary Irene (née Puskar) and Alex Michael Columbus.[2][3][4] Columbus is of Italian and Czech descent.[5] He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio and from New York University's film school at the Tisch School of the Arts.

Career

Columbus worked as a screenwriter with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Productions, 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 Philosopher's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Rent (2005), I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010).

Columbus founded his production company named 1492 Pictures in 1995, intended as a play to Columbus's more famous namesake, Christopher Columbus.

Success and criticism

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 (scary) society.[6] 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."[7]

Personal life

Columbus married Monica Devereux in 1983, with whom he had four children: Eleanor, Violet, Brendan, and Isabella. Columbus lives in San Francisco's Pacific Heights, where his children attend or previously attended Saint Ignatius College Preparatory. He donated money to the school for a new building, which is named after him.

Columbus's daughter Eleanor appeared as the character Susan Bones in the two Potter films he directed, making her one of only two Americans cast as students, along with cousin Robert Ayres (Boy in Study Hall #2 in his second Harry Potter film). She also appeared as an infant in Home Alone with her grandmother and had a small cameo along with her father in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Two of his other children, Violet and Brendan, appeared in unnamed cameo roles in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Chris and his son also have an uncredited cameo in Rent.

Violet Columbus also appeared in I Love You, Beth Cooper, singing "Forget Me" at the very beginning of graduation and the entire movie itself.

His wife Monica Devereux made a small appearance in Home Alone as the red-headed flight attendant, and in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as the Plaza telephone operator.

His father-in-law appeared in Home Alone as a Chicago policeman who checks the McAllisters' home to see if Kevin is there.

Filmography

Year Title Writer Producer Director Gross (US$)
1984 Reckless $8 million
Gremlins $153 million
1985 The Goonies $61 million
Young Sherlock Holmes $20 million
1987 Adventures in Babysitting $34 million
1988 Heartbreak Hotel $6 million
1990 Home Alone $286 million
1991 Only the Lonely $22 million
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York $174 million
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire $219 million
1995 Nine Months $70 million
1996 Jingle All the Way $61 million
1998 Stepmom $91 million
1999 Bicentennial Man $58 million
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $318 million
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $262 million
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $250 million
Christmas with the Kranks $74 million
2005 Fantastic Four $155 million
Rent $29 million
2006 Night at the Museum $251 million
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer $132 million
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $177 million
I Love You, Beth Cooper $15 million
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief $86 million
The Last Campaign
2011 The Help
Will Sebastian
Welcome to Hoxford
The Graveyard Book
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom
2013 Killer Pizza

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