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Howard Deutch

Howard Deutch has brought his deft and resolutely humanistic touch to a number of successful films since his auspicious feature debut in 1986 on Pretty in Pink, starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton and James Spader. Produced by John Hughes and confirming Ringwald as the preeminent young actress of her time, the film was an instant hit and is considered to be definitive of the era's youth genre movies.

The following year, Deutch directed the popular Some Kind of Wonderful, starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson and Lea Thompson. Also produced by John Hughes, this film, like Pretty in Pink, combined teenage romantic angst with an incisive depiction of the social and economic barriers existing in American youth culture. The Great Outdoors, written by Hughes, teamed Dan Akroyd and John Candy and followed in the vein of pure comedy.

The gritty, topical and hardhitting black comedy, Article 99, challenged the Veterans Administration hospital system in 1992, with a remarkable ensemble cast including Ray Liotta, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Lea Thompson, John C. McGinley, John Mahoney, Keith David, Kathy Baker, Eli Wallach, Noble Willingham, Julie Bovasso and Jeffrey Tambor. Article 99 fearlessly juxtaposed humor with human distress to get to the heart of an ongoing American tragedy, the callow mistreatment of those who have served their country in the armed forces.

Deutch scored a major success in 1995 with Grumpier Old Men, an unabashed romp starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah and Kevin Pollak. He followed with the comedy The Replacements, starring Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones, Jon Favreau, Rhys Ifans and Jack Warden. Set on the backdrop of professional football, The Replacements tells the story of a motley group of wayward has-beens presented with the unlikely opportunity to do-over lessons learned both on the football field and in life.

Deutch's occasional forays into television include the recent Robert Greenwald/CBS M.O.W. Gleason, starring Emmy winning actor Brad Garrett. This work, which profiles the life of the late comic genius Jackie Gleason, earned Deutch a 2002 Directors Guild nomination for Best Director in M.O.W. Deutch has also earned a CableACE Award for his direction of an episode of the HBO series Tales From the Crypt entitled Dead Right. His television credits include another episode of Tales From the Crypt, the pilot episode of the hit television series Melrose Place, episodes of the hit sitcom Caroline in the City as well as an episode of NBC's 2002 comedy Watching Ellie.

Born and raised in New York City, Deutch attended Ohio State University and began his career in the entertainment industry working on movie trailers and music videos. He has directed music videos for an assortment of top recording artists, including Billy Idol and Billy Joel.

Deutch's credits extend to the stage as director for several plays at New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre. In addition, he is one of the most respected commercial directors in the industry, having helmed numerous spots for a wide range of products.

Deutch and his wife, actress Lea Thompson make their home in Los Angeles with their two young daughters.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Howard Deutch Facts

BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.