gained attention for writing and starring in the independent comedy/drama Chuck & Buck
, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win awards at the Deauville Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards. It was also deemed the Best Film of 2000
by Entertainment Weekly.
Last year saw two feature films penned by White. The first was the drama The Good Girl, starring Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly. Opening to notable acclaim at the
2002 Sundance Film Festival, the film that smartly re-teamed White with director Miguel Arteta from Chuck & Buck fame also garnered White the Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. The second film by White that was released in 2002 was the comedy Orange County, starring Jack Black and Colin Hanks for Paramount Pictures and Scott Rudin Productions.
Raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, White attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and planned on writing plays in New York upon graduation. When a fellow Wesleyan alumnus offered him a job in Hollywood, White moved back West, eventually becoming a supervising producer on the young adult drama series, Dawson's Creek and then the critically acclaimed drama series Freaks and Geeks. In 2001, White created the television drama Pasadena, which aired on Fox.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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