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Doug Liman has become acknowledged as one of the most vibrant and original young voices in American film with a solid track record of critically acclaimed feature films, including "Swingers," "Go," "The Bourne Identity," and most recently, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."
Liman first made his splash with the indie hit "Swingers," which he produced and directed and made on a shoestring budget of $200,000. Liman acquired the script from the film's screenwriter, Jon Favreau, and he cast him along with Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston and Patrick Van Horne to star in the story of the search for love in and around Los Angeles' retro swing bars.
Liman's adrenaline-driven next effort, "Go," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opened to overwhelmingly positive notices. Liman also served as director of photography on both "Swingers" and "Go."
With the early successes of "Swingers" and "Go," Liman established himself as an innovator in the independent film industry. Following "Swingers," he directed cutting edge commercials for Levi's, Playstation and Nike. His "Hackeysack" spot with Tiger Woods for Nike received critical acclaim including the Palm D'or in Cannes.
Liman is a founding partner of the entertainment production company Dutch Oven (formerly Hypnotic), which produces, markets and distributes film and television properties, including "Terry Tate, Office Linebacker," the Chrysler Million-Dollar Film Festival winner "Cry Wolf," and "Mail Order Wife." Liman also served as associate producer of the independent film "Kissing Jessica Stein."
In 2003, Liman was executive producer of the first season of and the director of the pilot and first episodes of the hit television series "The O.C."
Liman created "The Bourne Identity" franchise as producer and director of the blockbuster hit "The Bourne Identity" starring Matt Damon, and executive producer of "The Bourne Supremacy." He most recently directed the mega-hit "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, for New Regency Pictures.
His next film for New Regency Pictures, "Jumper," starring Hayden Christiansen, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Bell, will be released in 2008.
In 1997, Liman received an MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker. He graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, where he also founded the university's cable TV station. He briefly attended the graduate program of the School of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California, where he directed his first feature project, the comedy thriller "Getting In."
Liman's interests outside of filmmaking include working for the Legal Action Center, which provides pro bono legal work on behalf of people with addictions, HIV and convictions, and with Safe Space, which helps homeless teens in New York. He is also an avid outdoor enthusiast who climbs, mountaineers and guides river trips, and he is an accomplished pilot.
Liman resides in New York.