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Chris Columbus

Date of birth : 1958-09-10
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Spangler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-07-14

Chris Columbus is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Columbus had most success with the first film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, along with Home Alone, winning a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film.

Born Christopher Joseph Columbus on September 10, 1958 in Spangler, Pennsylvania. Raised in Ohio, Columbus loved comic books and horror films as a boy, eventually setting his sights on movie making and enrolling at Tisch School of the Arts as a film student at New York University. He sold his first screenplay while still in school, and his fourth, Gremlins, to legendary director Steven Spielberg. The young writer moved to Los Angeles to work on rewrites for the script, along with developing two others for the director: Young Sherlock Holmes and The Goonies, both released in 1985.

In 1988, Columbus made his directorial debut with the ill-reviewed teen comedy Adventures in Babysitting. The next film he directed, Home Alone was a huge success, followed by another box office hit Mrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams. Most recently, Columbus took on the challenge of bringing J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter to life as director for the much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2001 and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002.

Columbus is married to choreographer Monica Devereux. The couple has two daughters and a son.

Filmography:

1984 Reckless ; Gremlins
1985 The Goonies ; Young Sherlock Holmes
1986 Galaxy High
1987 Adventures in Babysitting
1988 Heartbreak Hotel
1989 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
1990 Home Alone
1991 Only the Lonely
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire
1995 Nine Months
1996 Jingle All the Way
1998 Stepmom
1999 Bicentennial Man
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ; Christmas with the Kranks
2005 Fantastic Four ; Rent
2006 Night at the Museum
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ; I Love You, Beth Cooper
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
2011 The Help
2012 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters
2013 Will Sebastian ; The Cypress House ; Temple Stay ; Killer Pizza ; Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom
2014 Troll Hunter ; Hello Ghost


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