GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Rod Lurie!
Lurie, grew up in Greenwich, turns 54 on Sunday. The director, screenwriter and film critic was born May 15, 1962, in Israel.
He served in the U.S. Army as an air defense artillery officer, then became an entertainment reporter and film critic, including stints at News12 in Norwalk, the New York Daily News, Premiere, Movieline, Entertainment Weekly, and talk radio shows at KMPC and KABC in Los Angeles.
As an investigative reporter in the entertainment industry, his discovery of unethical and illegal practices at tabloid newspapers gained him national exposure on programs such as "60 Minutes," "Entertainment Tonight," "Larry King Live," "Nightline" and "Geraldo."
In 1995, his book "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Moviemaking, Con Games, and Murder in Glitter City," was published.
His first foray into filmmaking, as writer and director, was the low-budget political thriller "Deterrence" (1999). He later wrote and directed "Nothing But the Truth" and also directed the remake of the home invasion thriller "Straw Dogs."
He worked on "Resurrecting the Champ," a boxing drama, and recently served as creator and executive producer of the short-lived television series "Commander in Chief."