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Armyan Bernstein

Armyan Bernstein

Armyan Bernstein, Chairman of Beacon Communications, Showest Producer of the Year, has produced and executive produced such films as Air Force One starring Harrison Ford; The Hurricane (which he also co-wrote) starring Denzel Washington; Thirteen Days starring Kevin Costner; End of Days starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Family Man starring Nicolas Cage; Bring It On starring Kirsten Dunst; For Love of the Game starring Kevin Costner; Spy Game starring Brad Pitt and Robert Redford; Open Range starring Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall and Annette Bening; Raising Helen starring Kate Hudson and John Corbett; and Ladder 49 starring John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix. Currently in production is The Wrong Element starring Harrison Ford, Virginia Madsen and Paul Bettany.

Bernstein founded Beacon Communications in 1990 and it has become one of the most successful independently financed film companies in the entertainment business. Its first films were The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Picture and went on to win four BAFTA Awards; Keith Gordon's critical triumph A Midnight Clear, starring Ethan Hawke; A Thousand Acres, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange; Sugar Hill, starring Wesley Snipes; Playing God, starring David Duchovny and Timothy Hutton; Princess Caraboo, starring Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline; The Road to Wellville, directed by Alan Parker and starring Anthony Hopkins; and David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre, which won a cable ACE Award for Best Drama.

Armyan was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Wisconsin. He was a broadcast journalist with PBS and then with ABC. He wrote the cult classic Thank God It's Friday, starring Debra Winger and Jeff Goldblum. He then wrote and co-produced Francis Ford Coppola's legendary Vegas romance, One from the Heart. Bernstein made his directing debut with Windy City from his screenplay, which starred John Shea and Kate Capshaw. He also co-wrote and directed Cross My Heart, starring Martin Short and Annette O'Toole. Armyan wrote and produced ABC's Emmy Award-winning The Earth Day Special.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Armyan Bernstein Facts

OccupationProducer, Director, Screenwriter
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.