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Nationality  American
Role  Screenwriter
Name  Christopher Wilkinson

Children  2
Years active  1979–present
Alma mater  Temple University
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Born  March 29, 1950 (age 65) (1950-03-29) New York, NY
Occupation  Screenwriter, producer, director
Spouse  Cathy Guisewite (m. 1997–2011)
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Movies  Pawn Sacrifice, Ali, Copying Beethoven, Nixon, Miles Ahead
Similar People  Stephen J Rivele, Steven Knight, Edward Zwick, Oliver Stone, Gregory Allen Howard

Christopher Wilkinson (born March 29, 1950) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Nixon (1995). He also wrote the screenplays for Ali (2001) and Copying Beethoven (2006), the latter of which he also produced. Most of his scripts are historically based and co-written with Stephen J. Rivele.


Early life and education

Wilkinson was born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia. He began his career as a musician before attending film school at Temple University.


Wilkinson has written several biopics with frequent writing partner Stephen J. Rivele, starting with Nixon (1995) and including Ali (2001) and Copying Beethoven (2006). He was a writer and executive producer on Pawn Sacrifice (2014) and Miles Ahead (2015), and wrote and directed the PBS film Virtuosity (2014).

Wilkinson worked on the screenplays for Mercury, a biopic about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, the long-planned All Eyez on Me, based on the final days of rapper Tupac Shakur, and Birth of the Dragon, inspired by the real-life no-rules fight between Bruce Lee and Chinese kung fu master Wong Jack Man.

Personal life

Wilkinson resides in Los Angeles, California, with his son. He was formerly married to cartoonist Cathy Guisewite (creator of the comic strip Cathy).


  • Echoes (1980) - writer/director/producer
  • Engine 2, Ladder 3 (1982) - writer/director/producer
  • The River (1984) - second unit director
  • Nuts (1987) - writer (uncredited)
  • Penrod (1990) - writer/director/producer
  • Nobody's Home (1990) - writer/director/producer
  • For the Boys (1991) - second unit director/associate producer
  • Intersection (1994) - second unit director/post-production supervisor
  • Nixon (1995) - writer
  • Ali (2001) - writer
  • Copying Beethoven (2006) - writer/producer
  • Virtuosity (2014) - writer/director/producer
  • Pawn Sacrifice (2014) - writer/executive producer
  • Miles Ahead (2015) - writer/executive producer
  • Birth of the Dragon (2016) - writer/producer
  • All Eyez on Me (2017) - writer
  • A Star Is Born (2018) - co-writer
  • References

    Christopher Wilkinson Wikipedia

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