Years active 1981–present
|Name Robert Kamen|
|Children Jessica Kamen, Victoria Kamen, Alessandra Kamen|
Books The Karate Kid: The storybook, The Karate Kid
Education New York University, University of Pennsylvania
TV shows Transporter: The Series, Black Sash
Movies Taken, Taken 3, Taken 2, The Transporter, The Karate Kid
Similar People Luc Besson, Olivier Megaton, Leland Orser, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
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Robert Mark Kamen is an American screenwriter, film producer and winemaker best known as creator and co-creator of The Karate Kid, Transporter and Taken franchises. Since 1999 he has produced Kamen wine from his vineyards near Sonoma, California.
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- Early life
- Personal life
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Kamen grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City. Starting in 1965, he took karate classes in Queens from instructor Ed McGrath. He received a B.A. from New York University and a Ph.D in American Studies from The University of Pennsylvania.
Kamen is a frequent collaborator of French writer/director Luc Besson—his co-creator on The Fifth Element, The Transporter, and the Taken series of films. The two first worked together on the Natalie Portman and Jean Reno thriller The Professional. After the success of The Fifth Element, Besson invited Kamen to join him in his goal of creating a "mini-studio" in Europe, making "movies that would travel, international movies, you know, action movies."
In 1980, after being paid $135,000 for his first screenplay (which was never produced), Kamen used the check to buy 280 acres of rocky land on Mount Veeder in Sonoma County, California. He hired winemaker Phil Coturri to make 46 acres into a vineyard in 1981. In 1984, the first grapes were sold to local winemakers. The vineyard suffered a fire in 1996, destroying a pipe that carried nutrients to many of the vines. Kamen reorganized the vineyard by replanting different varietals, and in 1999 he bottled his first Kamen-branded wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2002, Kamen hired Mark Herold of Merus Wines to craft his wines.
Kamen lives on his vineyard in Sonoma County.