Who is Mitch Glazer?
Mitchell A. Glazer is an American writer, producer and actor. He has worked in movies such as ‘Scrooged’ and the TV series ‘Magic City’. Glazer was born and raised in Florida. He graduated from New York University. Before he worked in movies, he worked for the music publication ‘Rolling Stone’ and the magazine ‘Crawdaddy!’ The first film he was involved in was ‘Mr Mike’s Mondo Video,’ to which he contributed as a writer and a guest actor. His other works include the film ‘Great Expectations’, an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s novel, for which he was the writer, and the TV series ‘Magic City’, for which he was the showrunner, writer and creator. He has not been much active in the entertainment industry in the recent years. His latest work was the 2015 Christmas comedy film ‘A Very Murray Christmas’.
Mitchell Glazer worked in the 1979 comedy film ‘Mr Mike’s Mondo Video’. Directed by Michael O’Donoghue, it was a spoof of the controversial 1962 documentary named ‘Mondo Cane.’ Glazer also played a minor role in the film. In 1981, he wrote an episode ‘Jr Walker & the All-Stars’ of the famous TV series ‘Saturday Night Live’.
In 1988, along with Michael O'Donoghue, he co-wrote the screenplay for the film ‘Scrooged’. Directed by Richard Donner, the film was a retelling that follows the character Frank Cross, a cynical and selfish TV executive, who is visited by a succession of ghosts on Christmas eve who want to help him regain his Christmas spirit.
In 1990, he was the segment producer for the TV series ‘Totally Hidden Video’. The next year, he wrote the film ‘Off and Running’, directed by Michael Blanchi. It was about a mermaid who gets involved with a caring but troubled man. In 1993, in collaboration with Adam Greenplay, he co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy romance film ‘Three of Hearts.’ The film failed commercially, earning only half its budget. Its reviews were mixed.
His next film as a screenwriter was the 1998 film ‘Great Expectations’, which was based on Charles Dicken’s novel of the same name. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the film did well at the box office, earning $55.5 million on a budget of $25 million. The reviews were mostly average. His film ‘Lost in Translation,’ where he was the associate producer, was released in 2003. He wrote the spy thriller film ‘The Spy’, released the same year. The film did quite well commercially, earning over $100 million on a budget of $46 million. In 2006, he was a producer for the first time for the film ‘Drifting Elegant’.
In 2010, he directed his first film ‘Passion Play’, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The film was a huge disaster commercially and also earned negative reviews from the critics. From 2012 to 2013, he was the writer, creator and showrunner of the TV series ‘Magic City’. It was about Miami’s most glorious hotel, Miramar Playa. The owner, Evans, is forced to make a deal with a Jewish mob boss named Ben Diamond to ensure the success of his business.
In 2015, he was the writer of the film ‘Rock the Kasbah’, which was a critical and commercial failure. The same year, he wrote the musical comedy film ‘A Very Murray Christmas’. The film was directed by Sofia Coppola. It received positive reviews.
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Family & Personal Life
Mitch Glazer was born in Key Biscayne, Florida, in 1953, and raised in Miami. His parents were Leonard and Zelda Glazer. He studied at Miami Beach High School and later went to Clark University. Eventually, he transferred to New York University. Before working in films, he worked for the magazines ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘Crawdaddy!’
His first wife was Wendie Malick; he was married to her from 1982 to 1989. In 1992, he married Kelly Lynch. They have one adopted daughter Shane Lynch.