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Henry Bean

Henry Bean

Henry Bean was born in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. at Yale and his M.A. at Stanford. In 1978, he moved to Los Angeles and began working in the film industry. Mr. Bean won the PEN LA award for best first novel for False Match, published in 1982. He is currently working on two additional novels: Emphasizing the Negative, which is nearing completion, and The Elevation of Strange Thoughts, which is still far from completion. Henry Bean was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best First Feature for THE BELIEVER by the 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards.

He has written screenplays for numerous films including SHOWBOAT (1988) directed by Rick Schmidt; HEARTACHES (1981), and RUNNING BRAVE (1982), both directed by Don Shebib; THE GOLDEN EIGHTIES (1985), directed by Chantal Ackerman; INTERNAL AFFAIRS (1990), directed by Mike Figgis; DEEP COVER (1992), directed by Bill Duke which Mr. Bean also produced; MULHOLLAND FALLS (1995), directed by Lee Tamahori; DESPERATE MEASURES (1997), directed by Barbet Schroeder; ENEMY OF THE STATE (1998), directed by Tony Scott; and MURDER BY NUMBERS (2001), also directed by Barbet Schroeder.

Bean has been developing the idea for THE BELIEVER for nearly twenty years. Three years ago, Mr. Bean made a study for the film, shooting six scenes in 16mm with a pick-up cast and crew. This developed into the thirteen-minute short THOUSAND, and led to the writing of the feature script.

Mr. Bean is married to Leora Barish (who wrote DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN). They attend a Conservative synagogue in New York City and have two children.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Henry Bean Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Selected Filmography

The Believer
Noise
The Believer by Ryan Gosling
The Believer by Palm Pictures / Umvd by Henry Bean
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