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Name  Paul Attanasio
Role  Screenwriter

Spouse  Katie Jacobs
Siblings  Mark Attanasio
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Born  November 14, 1959 (age 56) (1959-11-14) The Bronx, New York City
Children  Annabelle Attanasio, John Attanasio, Grace Attanasio
Parents  Connie Attanasio, Joseph Attanasio
Movies and TV shows  Donnie Brasco, Homicide: Life on the Street, Quiz Show, Disclosure, The Sum of All Fears
Similar People  Katie Jacobs, David Shore, Bryan Singer, Hugh Laurie, Russel Friend

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Paul Albert Attanasio (born November 14, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film and television producer, who was an executive producer on the television series House (2004–2012). He received Academy Award nominations for the Quiz Show (1994) and Donnie Brasco (1997) screenplays.


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Life and career

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Paul Attanasio was born in The Bronx, New York City, the son of Connie, a real estate broker, and Joseph Attanasio, a commercial consultant. He grew up in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, and later in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he attended public high school. He is a 1981 graduate of Harvard College, where he lived in Currier House, and earned his law degree at Harvard Law School in 1984. Formerly married to Katie Jacobs, he is now married to Amanda Benefiel, an artist, and has three children, Annabelle, John, and Grace. He is the brother of Mark Attanasio, a Los Angeles investment manager who is the principal owner of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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He was a film critic for The Washington Post from 1984 to 1987. He started writing for television with the CBS sitcom Doctor Doctor and the NBC crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street, for which he holds a 'Created by' credit. In 1995 he won the BAFTA for his screenplay adaptation for the drama Quiz Show. He later wrote the screenplays for the thriller Disclosure, the gangster movie Donnie Brasco, the science fiction film Sphere, and the political thriller The Sum of All Fears. In 2000 he returned to television and started executive producing, in addition to writing, the medical drama Gideon's Crossing and the pilot for R.U.S.H. Along with David Shore, he is one of the creators of the TV series House, of which he was executive producer. In 2006 he wrote the screenplay for the dramatic film The Good German.

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In 2017, it was confirmed that Attanasio will be the writer and executive producer on the new Amazon Video series Tong Wars.

TV appearances

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Attanasio was featured in The Dialogue interview series. In a 90-minute interview with producer Mike DeLuca, he describes how he went from lambasting movies as a "snotty" Washington Post film critic to developing rewarding creative partnerships with Oscar-winning directors Robert Redford, Barry Levinson, and Steven Soderbergh.


  • Quiz Show (1994)
  • Disclosure (1994)
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • Sphere (1998)
  • The Sum of All Fears (2002)
  • The Good German (2006)
  • Creator

  • Homicide: Life on the Streets (1993 - 1999)
  • Gideon's Crossing (2000 - 2001)
  • House (2004 - 2012, uncredited)
  • Bull (2016)
  • References

    Paul Attanasio Wikipedia

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