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Laurence Mark received an Academy Award nomination for producing Jerry Maguire, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Cameron Crowe, and he executive produced As Good As It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear and directed by James L. Brooks, which was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Mark recently produced Riding in Cars with Boys, a Gracie Films Production starring Drew Barrymore and Steve Zahn and directed by Penny Marshall, and Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery and directed by Gus Van Sant.

Next up for Mark is Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang, which is set to go before the cameras in the fall.

Mark also produced Hanging Up, starring Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow and directed by Keaton; Anywhere But Here, starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman and directed by Wayne Wang; The Object of My Affection, starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Nigel Hawthorne and directed by Nicholas Hytner; and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow and directed by David Mirkin.

Laurence Mark Productions is headquartered at Sony Studios where the company has a long-term production arrangement with Columbia Pictures. As Producer or Executive Producer, Mark's other credits include Bob Rafelson's Black Widow, Mike Nichols' Working Girl, Nicholas Hytner's Center Stage, Susan Seidelman's Cookie and Herbert Ross' True Colors, as well as Sister Act 2, The Adventures of Huck Finn, Simon Birch and Bicentennial Man.

For television, Mark was Executive Producer of These Old Broads, starring Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins and Elizabeth Taylor, and Kiss My Act, starring Camryn Manheim and Dabney Coleman, as well as Sweet Bird of Youth, starring Elizabeth Taylor and directed by Nicolas Roeg, and Oliver Twist, starring Richard Dreyfus and Elijah Wood and directed by Tony Bill.

Mark began his career as an Executive Trainee at United Artists after graduating from Wesleyan University and from New York University with a master's degree in cinema. After working as a Producer's Assistant on a number of films (Lenny, Smile), he held several key publicity and marketing posts in New York and Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures, culminating in his being appointed Vice President of West Coast Marketing.

He then worked as Vice President of Production at Paramount before joining Twentieth Century Fox as Executive Vice President of Production. At those studios, he was closely involved with the development and production of such films as Terms of Endearment, Trading Places, Staying Alive, Falling in Love, The Fly and Broadcast News.


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OccupationProducer

Selected Filmography

Center Stage
Akeelah and the Bee
Mandatory Minimums
How Do You Know
Date And Switch
Andy's Rival
Simon Birch
Deep Rising
Center Stage: Turn It Up
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