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Jeremy Leven

Jeremy Leven, who most recently wrote the screenplay for The Legend of Bagger Vance, previously wrote and directed the offbeat romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, starring Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway. He also wrote Lovers, Liars and Thieves, which he is planning to direct in Paris in 2005.

Prior to beginning his film career, Leven earned a graduate degree in Child Psychology from Harvard and was a Fellow in the Department of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Medical School. He also served on the faculty of Harvard, was a hospital psychologist in Massachusetts and was the Director of Youth, Drug Treatment and Methadone Programs for Western Massachusetts.

In 1968, he founded, wrote and directed The Proposition, a satirical revue, which ran for ten years in Boston and four off-Broadway. To put himself through graduate school, he authored the books Creator, and the critically acclaimed Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S, the latter of which has become standard reading in university contemporary fiction courses. He later adapted Creator into a screenplay for a film of the same name, directed by Ivan Passar and starring Peter O'Toole and Mariel Hemingway. Leven also co-wrote Playing for Keeps, directed by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and starring Marissa Tomei.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Jeremy Leven Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthplaceSouth Bend, Indiana, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.