For television, Kwapis helped launch some of the most innovative comedies of the past decade. He directed the pilot of NBC's Emmy Award-winning series The Office, starring Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson, and directed this season's premiere and final episodes. Kwapis earned an Emmy nomination for his work as a producer-director of FOX's Malcolm in the Middle. He also directed the pilots for the groundbreaking HBO series The Larry Sanders Show, and the Emmy Award-winning The Bernie Mac Show. He also directed episodes of such critically acclaimed comedies as Freaks and Geeks and Bakersfield, P.D.
Kwapis' feature film credits include the romantic comedies The Beautician and the Beast, starring Fran Drescher, and He Said, She Said, starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins. He Said, She Said was conceived and co-directed with Kwapis' wife Marisa Silver. His other films include Dunston Checks In, starring Jason Alexander and Faye Dunaway; Vibes, starring Jeff Goldblum and Cyndi Lauper; and Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, starring Jim Henson's Muppets.
Kwapis' film Sexual Life marked his first effort as a writer-director. Adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde, Sexual Life premiered to rave reviews at the Los Angeles Film Festival and aired on Showtime in 2005. The ensemble cast includes Anne Heche, Elizabeth Banks and Kerry Washington.
Kwapis studied filmmaking at Northwestern University and the University of Southern California. He won the Student Academy Award in Dramatic Achievement for his USC thesis film For Heaven's Sake, an adaptation of Mozart's one-act comic opera Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario).
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Ken Kwapis Facts
|Birthday||August 17, 1957 (60)|
|Birthplace||Belleville, Illinois, USA|
|How 'bout Now, How 'bout Right Now|
|He's Just Not That Into You|
|A Walk in the Woods|
|License to Wed|
|Dunston Checks In|
|Starring Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus and Dr. Alois Alzheimer|
|The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants|
|Follow That Bird|
|Walk in the Woods|