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Les Mayfield

Les Mayfield is a graduate of the USC film school. He started his career working with Steven Spielberg directing one-hour documentaries for network television. His making of specials on Empire of the Sun, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were all primetime specials on CBS.

Mayfield was invited to the 1991 Cannes Film Festival to screen Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. He co-produced the multiple award-winning film chronicling Francis Ford Coppola's struggle to make Apocalypse Now.

Mayfield's feature film directing career began with casting a then unknown Brendan Fraser in the hit comedy Encino Man (known as California Man internationally). Miracle on 34th Street was the first of two films Mayfield directed for writer/producer John Hughes. This remake of the Christmas classic starred Dylan McDermott and Lord Richard Attenborough.

Robin Williams starred in Mayfield's second collaboration with Hughes, the international blockbuster Flubber (based on the 1961 Disney classic The Absent-Minded Professor). Mayfield next teamed up with Martin Lawrence for the hit action/comedy Blue Streak. Columbia has a sequel deal in place for Blue Streak II. Shortly after, Colin Farrell starred as a young gun in American Outlaws, which was directed by Mayfield for Warner Brothers.

Most recently, Mayfield directed the action/comedy The Man, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy, which released in September, 2005 from New Line Cinema.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Les Mayfield Facts

BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.