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Jeff Nathanson

American screenwriter
The basics
Occupation Film director Screenwriter Film producer
Country United States of America
Date of birth Los Angeles County
Education University of California, Santa Barbara
Authority IMDB id ISNI id VIAF id Library of congress id
The details

Jeffrey D. Nathanson (born October 12, 1965) is an American screenwriter and director.

Early life and education

Nathanson was born on October 12, 1965, in Los Angeles County, California. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara as an English major from 1983 to 1985. While at UC Santa Barbara, he worked on the school's newspaper, the Daily Nexus, and has stated that the courses he took at UC Santa Barbara led him to wanting to become a screenwriter. He later enrolled in the screenwriting program at the American Film Institute for one year.


He is best known for his work on the Rush Hour sequels, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and The Last Shot, and has also co-written a story draft for the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with George Lucas. The screenplay for that film was written by David Koepp; it was released on May 22, 2008.

Currently, he is writing the script for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales scheduled for release in 2017.

Honors and awards

Nathanson was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for his work on Catch Me If You Can.



Year Title Contribution Notes
1995 For Better or Worse Writer/Executive Producer
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Writer co-wrote with Randall McCormick and Jan de Bont
2001 Rush Hour 2 Writer
2002 Catch Me If You Can Writer
2004 The Terminal Writer co-wrote with Sacha Gervasi and Andrew Niccol
The Last Shot Director/Writer
2007 Rush Hour 3 Writer
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Writer co-wrote with David Koepp and George Lucas
New York, I Love You Writer Segment #5 (Brett Ratner)
2011 Tower Heist Writer co-wrote with Ted Griffin, Bill Collage and Adam Cooper
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Writer

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