Jonathan Lynn

About Jonathan Lynn

Who is it?: Writer, Actor, Director
Birth Day: April 03, 1943
Birth Sign: Taurus
Occupation: Film director, writer, producer, actor

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Jonathan Lynn was bornon April 03, 1943, is Writer, Actor, Director. Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay created and wrote every episode of the acclaimed BBC political comedy series Yes Minister (1980) and Yes, Prime Minister (1986). The series received numerous accolades including three BAFTA (British Academy) Awards, two Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and two Pye Television Writers Awards. It also won four BAFTA Awards for the star, Nigel Hawthorne. Lynn also won the BAFTA (British Academy) Writers Award. In the US he won the ACE Award for Best Written Comedy Series on cable television, having also been nominated the previous year. In addition, for "Yes, Minister" Lynn was given a Special Award from the Campaign For Freedom Of Information. He wrote three best-selling books, "The Complete Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, Volumes 1 and 2" based on the series. All went to #1 on the London Sunday Times best-seller list. Between them they have sold over a million copies in hardback, were in the top ten best-sellers for three years and have been translated into numerous languages. "The Complete Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, Volume 2" were the 2nd and 3rd British best-sellers of the decade, 1980-1989.Lynn directed the film My Cousin Vinny (1992), a critical and commercial hit in 1992. Marisa Tomei, discovered in this film, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Lynn's 1990 film Nuns on the Run (1990), which he also wrote, was a hilarious romp through the landscape of the church, starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane. It won the Golden Cane Award at the Festival de Comedie in Switzerland. His film The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), starring Eddie Murphy, was about the corrupting power of lobbyists in Washington, DC, and exposed the need for campaign finance reform. Virtually everything in the film has since come true, and nine years after the release of the film it won a Special Award from the Political Film Society. It also won the Environmental Media Award. His other films are Clue (1985), Greedy (1994)starring Michael J. Fox and Kirk Douglas, Sgt. Bilko (1996) starring Steve Martin and Trial and Error (1997), which was favorably compared by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert to a Billy Wilder movie. He also directed The Whole Nine Yards (2000), a hit comedy with Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet Natasha Henstridge, which was #1 at the US box office for three weeks. He also directed the hit comedy The Fighting Temptations (2003) for Paramount and MTV.Born in Bath, England, Lynn has an MA in Law from Cambridge University. He never practiced law, but joined a theatre orchestra in London's West End. His first credit as a writer was The Internecine Project (1974) starring James Coburn. His first novel, "A Proper Man" was published in 1976 and "Mayday", his second novel, came out in 1993 (Viking/Penguin). In the same year he wrote the British television film Life After Life (1992).He wrote his first two films, "Clue" and "Nuns On The Run", did an uncredited re-write on "My Cousin Vinny" and has completed a screenplay based on his novel "Mayday". His stage play "Collaborators" was produced in London's West End.Lynn has also enjoyed notable success on the British stage. In 1987 he directed his own company at the National Theatre of Great Britain, eventually moving his centenary production of George Abbott's "Three Men On A Horse" to the West End. Once there, it won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. His 1979 musical "Songbook" won the Society Of West End Theatres Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. From 1977 to 1981 Lynn served as Artistic Director of The Cambridge Theatre Company, where he produced more than forty plays, directing twenty of them himself including a "Macbeth" with Brian Cox that toured both the UK and India, playing a special performance for the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.Other notable London productions include Georges Feydeau's "A Little Hotel On The Side" at the National Theatre, translated by John Mortimer, "The Glass Menagerie" (working with Tennessee Williams), George Bernard Shaw's "Arms And The Man.", Eric Idle's "Pass The Butler", Joe Orton's "Loot" with 'Leonard Rossiter' and Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" at the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Stratford and London.An accomplished actor, Lynn began his career at the age of 21 on Broadway, in the revue "Cambridge Circus", with John Cleese and Graham Chapman. His TV debut came on Toast of the Town (1948) in 1964. Returning to England, he was nominated Most Promising New Actor in the Plays And Players Awards for his first West End performance, in "Green Julia" (1965). He played leading roles in many British television films, including Jack Rosenthal's 'Bar Mitzvah Boy' (1976) (TV) and 'The Knowledge' (1981) (TV), 'Outside Edge' (1982) (TV) and starred in the series Doctor in the House (1969) and My Brother's Keeper (1975), which he also wrote.His stage performances range from playing Adolf Hitler in the comedy "The Changing Years" at the Royal Court Theatre to Motel The Tailor in the original London cast of "Fiddler On The Roof". His film performances include cameos in Into the Night (1985), 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990) and playing Kirk Douglas' butler in his own film Greedy (1994).Lynn has an Honorary M.A. from the University of Sheffield and an Honorary Psy.D. from the American Behavioral Studies Institute. He lives in New York.
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Awards and nominations:

Lynn's work on the Minister series earned him three BAFTAs, two Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, and two Pye Television Writers Awards, and he won the ACE Award for Best Written Comedy Series. The Campaign for Freedom of Information also recognized Lynn with a special award for his work on the show. Lynn was a recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Award for Political Satire in 2010. He received a NAACP Image Award for the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations.

Biography/Timeline

1954

Lynn was born in Bath, Somerset, the son of Ruth Helen (Eban), a Sculptor, and Robin Lynn, a physician. Lynn was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, between 1954 and 1961, after which he studied Law at Pembroke College, Cambridge (where his uncle, Israeli statesman Abba Eban, studied also). There he participated in the Cambridge University Footlights Club revue Cambridge Circus (appearing with the revue in 1964 on Broadway and on The Ed Sullivan Show).

1965

Lynn's first West End appearance was in a stage production of Green Julia, for which he was nominated for the 1965 Plays and Players Award as Most Promising New Actor. In 1967, he played Motel the tailor in the original West End production of Fiddler on the Roof (production recorded by CBS Records). From the late 1960s, Lynn was appearing in and writing television sitcoms, including the television comedy series Twice a Fortnight with Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Tony Buffery.

1970

He also played the Irish medical student Danny Hooley in the second series of the television comedy Doctor in the House in 1970 (Jonathan Lynn returned as Danny Hooley, for one episode of Doctor in Charge, "Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot?", after Hooley had been working as a doctor). He also wrote some episodes for Doctor at Large, Doctor in Charge, Doctor at Sea and Doctor on the Go. As a TV actor, his most memorable roles included Beryl's boyfriend Robert in early series of The Liver Birds, the role of Harold in Jack Rosenthal's 1976 television film Bar Mitzvah Boy, and the role of Ted Margolis in Rosenthal's The Knowledge (1979). He also had a bit-part as a window cleaner in the BBC television series The Good Life. His film appearances have included roles in Prudence and the Pill (1968), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Romance with a Double Bass (1974), and Three Men and a Little Lady (1990).

1974

Lynn's first (co-written) screenplay was for The Internecine Project, which was released in 1974. For television he wrote episodes for the Doctor TV series, On the Buses, and wrote for Harry Worth and George Layton before eventually, in partnership with Antony Jay, writing Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. His later writing credits include the first two films he directed, Clue (1985) and Nuns on the Run (1990). He is also known for his co-writing, co-producing, and co-directing of the revived Yes, Prime Minister series produced by the BBC on Gold in 2013.

1986

Lynn co-authored the books The Complete Yes Minister, as well as The Complete Yes Prime Minister, which spent 106 weeks on the Sunday Times top 10 fiction list. Both were ranked number one on the Sunday Times list, including in December 1986 when the books were ranked number one and number two respectively. He also wrote the 1993 novel Mayday. In 2011 Lynn wrote a non-fiction work entitled Comedy Rules. The Independent newspaper called the book "a charming memoir, full of amusing and insightful anecdotes about the many entertainers Lynn has worked with" and described it as a combination of autobiography and how-to manual for comedy. The paper wrote further: "By dovetailing different types of book, Lynn cleverly avoids the pitfalls of both genres. Because it's ostensibly a sort of how-to book, there are no boring childhood reminiscences. Because it's also a kind of autobiography, his no-nonsense dos and don'ts are springboards for entertaining yarns, rather than academic discourse."

2010

Lynn's work on the Minister series earned him three BAFTAs, two Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, and two Pye Television Writers Awards, and he won the ACE Award for Best Written Comedy Series. The Campaign for Freedom of Information also recognized Lynn with a special award for his work on the show. Lynn was a recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Award for Political Satire in 2010. He received a NAACP Image Award for the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations.