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PAUL WEITZ & Chris Weitz made their feature film debuts as directors on the hit teenage comedy American Pie. Since then, they have directed the romantic comedy About A Boy, which stars Hugh Grant and recently wrapped in London. They are the creators and executive producers of the television series Off-Center, a sitcom scheduled to debut this fall.

The brothers previously wrote the screenplay for the computer-animated feature Antz, and acted in Chuck & Buck, director Miguel Arteta's follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Star Maps.

Born in New York, Paul and Chris come from a long line of Hollywood veterans. Their parents are fashion designer/writer John Weitz and former actress Susan Kohner who received an Academy Award nomination for Imitation of Life. Their grandfather was the legendary agent and producer Paul Kohner, who represented directors such as John Huston, Billy Wilder, Ingmar Bergman and William Wyler.

Paul Weitz graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a degree in film. During his last year, his play Mango Tea with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow was produced by New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre and performed off-Broadway. The Ensemble Studio Theatre also produced his next works Captive and All for One, starring Calista Flockhart and Liev Schrieber.

Chris Weitz earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Cambridge University. He went on to work as a freelance journalist for various newspapers, including The Independent and The Sunday Times. Chris then decided to join the state department after passing the entrance examinations, but during the year he awaited the start of his tenure he wrote a screenplay with his brother with whom he had always collaborated creatively as a youth.

updated 01-Jan-2000