Tom Shadyac

Tom Shadyac
Thomas Peter Shadyac

(1958-12-11) December 11, 1958 (age 62)
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
OccupationScreenwriter, director, producer, author
Years active1984–present
Notable work
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
The Nutty Professor
Liar Liar
Patch Adams
Bruce Almighty
I Am

Thomas Peter Shadyac (born December 11, 1958) is an American director, screenwriter, producer, and author. The youngest joke-writer ever for comedian Bob Hope,[1] Shadyac is widely known for writing and directing the comedy films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Patch Adams, and Bruce Almighty. In 2010, Shadyac retired from comedic work to write, direct, and narrate his documentary film I Am, that explores his abandonment of a materialistic lifestyle following his involvement in a bicycle accident three years earlier.

Shadyac is a former professor of communication at Pepperdine University's Seaver College.[1][2] In 2011, he was a participant in the Conference on World Affairs.[3] In 2015, Shadyac began teaching film at the University of Colorado Boulder, beginning with that year's Spring semester,[4] Shadyac teaches film at the University of Memphis.[5]

  1. ^ a b "Tom Shadyac is Not Your Typical Hollywood Director". Pepperdine Magazine, April 8, 2011, Sarah Fisher.
  2. ^ "Letter to the Editor 04.23.14 edition". Pepperdine Graphic, April 23, 2014, Tom Shadyac.
  3. ^ "Tom Shadyac" Archived February 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Conference on World Affairs, University of Colorado Boulder, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Casey, Michael J. (February 19, 2015). [ "Shadyac's Travels"]. Boulder Weekly
  5. ^ Cannon, Joshua (March 6, 2015). "Director's class creates community in Memphis". USA Today.