Alexander Payne

Birth Name: 
Alexander Constantine Papadopoulos
Friday, February 10, 1961
Birth Place: 
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Of Greek descent (the family name was changed from Papadopoulos), his parents George and Peggy ran a Greek restaurant. He has two older brothers.

Alexander attended Stanford University, where he majored in Spanish and History. He then went on to study film at UCLA Film School. His university thesis film was screened at the Sundance film festival, which led to him being backed by Miramax to write and direct Citizen Ruth (1996). Payne prefers to have control over his movies, from scripts to cast. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2012 - Won - Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (The Descendants)
2012 - Nominated - Best Achievement in Directing (The Descendants)
2012 - Nominated - Best Motion Picture of the Year (The Descendants)


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