Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie
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Christopher McQuarrie Biography

Christopher McQuarrie was born in 1968. He is an Academy Award winning American screenwriter and director.

McQuarrie was born and raised in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, where he attended high school with director Bryan Singer and actor Ethan Hawke. In lieu of college he took a job working as an assistant teacher at a boarding school in Perth, Western Australia, and later hitchhiked around the western half of the continent. Returning to the United States a year later, he went to work for a detective agency in New Jersey for the next four years. In 1992, he applied to the New York City Police Department and was on his way to the academy when former schoolmate Singer offered him the opportunity to write their first feature film, Public Access, winner of the 1993 Sundance Film Festival’s grand jury prize.

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Christopher McQuarrie Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
1996 Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen The Usual Suspects (1995). Won
1996 BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Original The Usual Suspects (1995). Won
1996 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay The Usual Suspects (1995). Won
1996 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture The Usual Suspects (1995). Won
1996 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay The Usual Suspects (1995). Won

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Christopher McQuarrie Trivia

  • He is a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in Central New Jersey (along with Bryan Singer, director of The Usual Suspects).
  • As a high school sophomore, portrayed Applegate (the devil) in his school's production of the musical "Damn Yankees".
  • Voted onto the 25 future powers under 35 list of Premiere magazine 2002 at age 33
  • As a high school junior, portrayed Prince Dauntless in his school's production of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress".
  • His favourite director is Sidney Lumet.


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    "Jack Reacher" Madrid Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Jack Reacher" Madrid Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Jack Reacher" Madrid Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Jack Reacher" Madrid Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Jack Reacher" World Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Jack Reacher" World Premiere - Arrivals

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