Jim Van Wyck
16 Blocks marks Jim Van Wyck
's ninth film with director Richard Donner
, for whom he first worked on Inside Moves as a DGA trainee. Since then, he has worked as co-producer, producer or executive producer, in addition to 1st assistant director, on the Donner-helmed pictures Timeline, Lethal Weapon 4, Conspiracy Theory, Assassins, Free Willy 2, Maverick, Free Willy and Radio Flyer. Most recently, Van Wyck produced Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events. He was also executive producer on Swordfish and Armageddon, as well as associate producer on Lauren Donner's Three Fugitives.
Van Wyck graduated from the University of Oregon with a mathematics degree, and played eight years of professional baseball for the Minnesota Twins organization. He then entered the film industry through the Directors Guild Training Program. His first job was as a production assistant on the telefilm Elvis, starring Kurt Russell, his former teammate in baseball. He currently lives in Newbury Park, California, with his wife, Cindy, and has a daughter, Julee Merrill, married to Jayson Merrill. He has two wonderful grandchildren, Jaylee and Jensen.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
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