|Who is it?||Writer, Director, Producer|
|Birth Day||September 03, 1969|
|Birth Place||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States|
|Age||51 YEARS OLD|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, film director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Jason Leigh (m. 2005; div. 2013)|
Baumbach, the third of four siblings, was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of novelist/film critic Jonathan Baumbach and Village Voice critic Georgia Brown. He graduated from Brooklyn's Midwood High School in 1987 and received his BA in English from Vassar College in 1991. Soon after, he briefly worked as a messenger at The New Yorker magazine. His father is Jewish; his mother is Protestant.
Baumbach made his writing and directing debut at the age of 26 with Kicking and Screaming in 1995, a comedy about four young men who graduate from college and refuse to move on with their lives. The film starred Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, and Carlos Jacott and premiered in 1995 at the New York Film Festival. Baumbach was chosen as one of Newsweek's "Ten New Faces of 1996".
In 1997 he wrote and directed Mr. Jealousy, a film about a young Writer so jealous about his girlfriend that he sneaks into the group therapy sessions of her ex-boyfriend to discover what kind of relationship they had. He then co-wrote (under the name Jesse Carter) and directed (under the name Ernie Fusco) the New York-set comedy of manners Highball. He co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) with Wes Anderson.
Baumbach met Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2001, while she was starring on Broadway in Proof. The couple married on September 2, 2005. They have one son. Leigh filed for divorce from Baumbach on November 15, 2010, in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in September 2013. Baumbach's romantic and creative collaboration with actress/writer/director Greta Gerwig, which began late in 2011, is described in an April 2013 profile in The New Yorker.
Baumbach wrote and directed the 2007 comedy-drama Margot at the Wedding, starring his wife Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and John Turturro. In the film, Kidman plays a woman named Margot who spends several days visiting her sister Pauline (Leigh) on the eve of Pauline's wedding to Black's character. It was shot in April/May 2006 in Hampton Bays and City Island, Bronx. The film was released in the United States by Paramount Vantage on November 16, 2007.
Baumbach helped to write and direct the short films "Clearing the Air" and "New York Underground" which aired on Saturday Night Live. The films were co-written and co-produced by cast-members Fred Armisen and Bill Hader. "New York Underground" featured Hader as a British rock Journalist doing a piece on quirky underground musician Joshua Rainhorne (Armisen has performed as Joshua at numerous live events). "Clearing the Air" featured Hader, Armisen, and Paul Rudd (who was the guest host for that week) trying to clear the air over a girl they all slept with. Both pieces aired on SNL in the fall of 2008.
His film Greenberg was released March 2010, and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2012, Baumbach directed the comedic drama Frances Ha, which he co-wrote with Greta Gerwig, who also starred. The film played at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In September 2013, it was reported that Baumbach is secretly directing at DreamWorks Animation an animated feature film adaptation of Berkeley Breathed's book series, Flawed Dogs. Variety and other sites reported that Baumbach is working on a Netflix film starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern.
He also directed and co-wrote the 2015 comedy Mistress America, starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released to general audiences on August 14. That same year he presented De Palma, a documentary about filmmaker Brian De Palma that he co-directed with Jake Paltrow. It premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.
His latest film, The Meyerowitz Stories, was released in 2017 by Netflix. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, and Emma Thompson.