Birthday: June 29, 1965
Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Cancer
Also Known As: Matthew Hoffman Weiner
Born Country: United States
Born in: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Famous as: Film Director
Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males
Spouse/Ex-: Linda Brettler (m. 1991)
father: Leslie P. Weiner
mother: Judith Weiner
children: Arlo Weiner, Charles Weiner, Ellis Weiner, Marten Holden Weiner
City: Baltimore, Maryland
U.S. State: Maryland
education: University of Southern California, Wesleyan University, Harvard-Westlake School, Park School of Baltimore, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Matthew Hoffman Weiner is an American showrunner, filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known as the creator of AMC’s period drama series ‘Mad Men’ and Prime Video’s ‘The Romanoffs’. A native of Maryland, Weiner studied at The Park School of Baltimore before moving to Los Angeles and enrolling at Harvard School for Boys. He later attended the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and obtained an MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. Weiner struggled in the early days of his career in the entertainment industry. The first time that he was credited as a screenwriter was for the video short ‘Name of the Game, Sports Tales and Tunes’ in 1994. Between 2004 and 2007, he served as a screenwriter and executive producer on ‘The Sopranos’. ‘Mad Men’ aired from 2007 to 2015. Weiner received two Primetime Emmys for the former show and seven for the latter. In 2011, he was listed in Time's annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World".
Childhood & Early Life
Born on June 29, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Matthew Weiner is the son of Judith and Leslie P. Weiner. He has a sister named Alison Hope.
His father, a medical researcher, served as the chair of the neurology department at the University of Southern California. His mother, despite earning a law degree, never entered the profession.
While he was living in Baltimore, Weiner was a student at The Park School of Baltimore. After his relocation to Los Angeles, he studied at Harvard School for Boys.
At Wesleyan University, he was taught literature, philosophy, and history. Later, he obtained an MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television.
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The beginning of Matthew Weiner’s career in the industry has been described by him as “dark times”. The show business felt so impenetrable to him that he stopped writing. During this period, he was financially dependent on his wife, who is an architect.
He received his first screenwriting credit for the 1994 video short ‘Name of the Game, Sports Tales and Tunes’. In the same year, he wrote the script for another video short, ‘Hanukkah Tales and Tunes’.
In 1996, he served as the screenwriter on Fox’s short-lived sitcom ‘Party Girl’. Between 1997 and 1998, he wrote two episodes, ‘He Ain't Famous, He's My Brother’ and ‘Day of the Locos’, of the ABC/NBC sitcom ‘The Naked Truth’.
In 2002, he wrote the episode ‘The Bad Family’ of The WB / Adult Swim adult animated series ‘Baby Blues’. He also wrote the episode ‘Love Is the Key’ (2002) of the short-lived NBC sitcom ‘In-Laws’.
Between 2002 and 2003, he produced the FOX sitcom ‘Andy Richter Controls the Universe’. He also wrote the second-season episode ‘The Maid Man’. Starring Richter, Paget Brewster, and Irene Molloy, the show revolves around an aspiring writer in Chicago.
Between 2000 and 2002, he produced 48 episodes in the third and fourth season of the CBS sitcom ‘Becker’. He also wrote nine episodes of the show between 1999 and 2002 and served as an executive story editor on one episode in 1999.
Weiner was hired by David Chase, ‘The Sopranos’ creator and executive producer, to serve as a writer on the HBO crime-drama series, after he read the script for the pilot of ‘Mad Men’.
His contribution to ‘The Sopranos’ garnered him two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series (2004 and 2007). He also appeared in two episodes of the show, portraying the mafia expert Manny Safier.
Weiner created the Prime Video anthology series ‘The Romanoffs’, which was broadcast from October 12, to November 23, 2018. In July 2019, Amazon revealed that they had no intention of making a second season.
The first film Weiner directed and produced was the 1996 drama ‘What Do You Do All Day?’ In 2013, he wrote, directed and produced the comedy ‘Are You Here’. In the fall of 2017, Weiner put out his first novel ‘Heather, the Totality’ through Little, Brown and Company.
Matthew Weiner, as the showrunner of ‘Mad Men’, won seven Primetime Emmys, out of which four were for Outstanding Drama Series (2008-11) and three for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2008-10). He also received three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs for the show.
A period drama set in the 1960s about a New-York based advertising agency, the series ‘Mad Men’ originally aired on AMC for seven seasons between July 19, 2007, and May 17, 2015.
Family & Personal Life
Matthew Weiner married architect Linda Brettler in January 1991. They have four sons together, Marten Holden, Arlo, Charles, and Ellis. Marten is an actor and has portrayed the recurring character Glen Bishop on ‘Mad Men’.
In July 2019, Weiner approached the court seeking a divorce from Brettler after 28 years of marriage.
Allegation of Sexual Harassment
On November 9, 2017, former ‘Mad Men’ writer Kater Gordon stated in an interview with ‘The Information’ that Weiner commented at the office late one night that she “owed it to him to let him see her naked”.
Gordon did not voice her discomfort or register a complaint, believing that it might have a negative effect on her career. Responding to her accusations, Weiner stated that he did not have a memory of making the alleged comment.