Chris Columbus

Chris Columbus

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1958-09-10 (63 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Spangler, Pennsylvania, USA

64 Movies · 2 TV shows

Biography

Chris Joseph Columbus (born September 10, 1958) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Born in Spangler, Pennsylvania, Columbus studied film at Tisch School of the Arts where he developed an interest in filmmaking. After writing screenplays for several teen comedies in the mid-1980s, he made his directorial debut with a teen adventure, Adventures in Babysitting (1987). Columbus gained recognition soon after with the highly successful Christmas comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).The comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), starring Robin Williams, was another box office success for Columbus, which won an Academy Award for Best Makeup. He went on to direct several other films throughout the 1990s, which were mostly met with lukewarm reception. However, he found commercial success again for directing the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and its sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), which are his highest-grossing films to date. In addition to directing, Columbus served as a producer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and the drama The Help (2011). He also directed the fantasy Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) and the 3D action comedy Pixels (2015).Columbus is the co-founder of 1492 Pictures, a film production company that has produced some of his films since 1995. More recently, he co-founded another production firm with his daughter in 2014, called Maiden Voyage Pictures. In 2017, he launched ZAG Animation Studios, alongside Michael Barnathan, Haim Saban and Jeremy Zag.

Personal Life

Columbus married choreographer Monica Devereux in 1983. The couple have four children named Eleanor, Violet, Brendan and Isabella. The family reside in San Francisco. Columbus endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 United States presidential election. He is also a partner at Ocean Blue Entertainment, a creative content company focused on film production.

Early Life

Columbus was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania and raised in Champion, Ohio, the only child born to Mary Irene (née Puskar), a factory worker, and Alex Michael Columbus, an aluminum plant worker and coal miner. He is of Italian and Czech descent. As a child, he enjoyed drawing storyboards and began making 8mm films in high school.After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio, he went on to study at New York University's film school at the Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a schoolmate of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and Alec Baldwin. Although he received a scholarship, he forgot to renew it and was forced to take a factory job to pay for schooling. While on shifts, he secretly worked on a 20-page screenplay, which one of his teachers would later use to help him get an agent. Columbus now states that the experience "saved my life" and he was able to acknowledge "the terrifying reality I faced of having to live and work in that factory for the rest of my life in that town if I didn't make it".In 1980, while at NYU, Columbus directed a short film entitled I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here that was later noticed by Steven Spielberg. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here was preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2014.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Cusp

Cusp

2021
In a Texas military town, three teenage girls confront the dark corners of adolescence at the end of a dream summer.

2020.

2 Movies
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

7.75
2020
Kate is spending Christmas with her mom's new boyfriend and his son. When the North Pole and Christmas are threatened to be destroyed, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with S...
Scoob!

Scoob!

6.31
2020
In the greatest adventure of all time, see the never-before-tell story of how long-time friends and Mystery Inc co-conspirators, Fred, Velma, and Daphne first met, and how they joined forces to form t...

2019.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Yes, God, Yes

Yes, God, Yes

5.93
2019
Alice, a young Catholic girl, is tempted into masturbating after an AOL chat suddenly turns sexual, however is conflicted as the act would be considered a sin.
TV
The Movies That Made Us

The Movies That Made Us

2019
A deep dive into pop-culture that entertained people.
The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

6.7
2019
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

2018.

2 Movies
The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles

7
2018
When Kate and Teddy accidentally cause Santa's sleigh to crash, they have to save Christmas.
I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants

3.5
2018
Sophia, a new high school student, tries to make friends with Barbara, who tells her that she kills giants, protects her hometown and its inhabitants, who do not understand her strange behavior.

2017.

2 Movies
Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$

2017
Straight out of Jersey comesPatricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P is a person. An aspiring rapper is fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory.
Menashe

Menashe

2017
A man is fighting for his son.

2016.

3 Movies
Tallulah

Tallulah

6
2016
Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting more than she bargained for.
It Had to Be You

It Had to Be You

2016
Sonia is a jingle writer who has always dreamed of a big and exciting life. Surprised by a sudden proposal and subsequent ultimatum from her easy-going boyfriend, Chris, Sonia has to decide whether sh...
The Young Messiah

The Young Messiah

2016
The story of Jesus Christ at age seven is told as he and his family leave Egypt. As Jesus grows into his religious identity, it follows him.

2015.

3 Movies
Mediterranea

Mediterranea

2015
Ayiva left his home in Africa to find a way to provide for his sister and daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal operation to get himself and his best friend off of Africa. When te...
The Witch

The Witch

5.56
2015
In 1630s New England, William and Katherine lead a Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness, exiled from their settlement when William defies the local c...
Pixels

Pixels

5.33
2015
Video game experts are recruited by the military to fight video game characters who have attacked New York.

2014.

4 Movies
Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous: Making Gremlins

Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous: Making Gremlins

2014
This new retrospective features new interviews with director Joe Dante, star Zach Galligan, writer Chris Columbus, executive producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall and producer Michael Finnell....
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

6.37
2014
When the magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah begin to die out, Larry Daley spans the globe, unifying favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gon...
From Gizmo to Gremlins: Creating the Creatures

From Gizmo to Gremlins: Creating the Creatures

2014
Chris Walas and Howie Mandel, the voice of Gizmo, describe the laborious development of Gizmo and the Gremlins and the painstaking work required to bring them to life in the pre-digital age.
Little Accidents

Little Accidents

10
2014
In a small American coal town living in the shadow of a recent mining accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws three people together, a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, ...

2013.

1 Movie
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

6.24
2013
In their quest to confront the ultimate evil, Percy and his friends battle swarms of mythical creatures to find the mythical Golden Fleece and to stop an ancient evil from rising.

2011.

4 Movies
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 8: Growing Up

Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 8: Growing Up

2011
A documentary about the making of the Harry Potter movies.
The Help

The Help

7.29
2011
Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended...
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 6: Magical Effects

Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 6: Magical Effects

2011
A documentary about the making of the Harry Potter movies.
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 5: Evolution

Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 5: Evolution

2011
A documentary about the making of the Harry Potter movies.

2010.

1 Movie
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

6.82
2010
When Zeus' lightning is stolen, Percy is needed because he is the son of Poseidon. In order to prevent a war between the Gods, Percy must master his new skills.

2009.

6 Movies
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 3: Creatures

Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 3: Creatures

2009
You can see the magic behind the creatures in the World of Harry Potter.
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins

Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins

1
2009
A documentary about the making of the Harry Potter movies.
I Love You, Beth Cooper

I Love You, Beth Cooper

10
2009
A valedictorian's declaration of love for a high-school cheerleader kicks off a night of revelry, reflection and romance for a group of graduating seniors.
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters

Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters

2009
Go behind the scenes with the filmmakers of the World of Harry Potter and focus on the characters in the film.
The Cove

The Cove

6
2009
The true story of how an elite team of individuals, films makers and free divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate the hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret is told i...
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

6.09
2009
Now that the exhibit friends have been transferred to the archives, the museum night watchman has to help them out. Amelia Earhart, Abe Lincoln and Ivan the Terrible are some of the people Larry has e...

2007.

2 Movies
Fog City Mavericks

Fog City Mavericks

2007
Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint...
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

6.45
2007
A new and powerful enemy threatens the Earth as the Fantastic Four return to the big screen. The seemingly unstoppable 'Silver Surfer', but all is not what it seems and there are old and new enemies t...

2006.

2 Movies
Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

6.27
2006
Attila the Hun, an army of gladiators, and a tyrannosaurus rex are some of the exhibits at the natural history museum.
No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent'

No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent'

2006
Feature length documentary about Jonathan Larson and "Rent"'s journey from Broadway to the screen. Featuring director Chris Columbus, the entire cast, and dozens of friends and family of Jonathan Lars...

2005.

2 Movies
Rent

Rent

10
2005
The story of a year in the life of a group of bohemians is told in a rock opera. Mark and Roger live together. While a tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark attempts to capture it through his atte...
Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

6.7
2005
Reed Richards gains the ability to stretch his body; Sue Storm can become invisible; Johnny Storm controls fire; and Ben Grimm is turned into a super-strong person. The evil plans of Dr must be stoppe...

2004.

2 Movies
Christmas with the Kranks

Christmas with the Kranks

7.13
2004
Luther Krank and his wife were on vacation. When his daughter comes home, he has to put together a holiday celebration.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

6.35
2004
Year three at Hogwarts has new fun and challenges as Harry learns the art of approaching a Hippogriff, transforming shape-shifting Boggarts into hilarity and even turning back time. The term also brin...

2002.

1 Movie
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6.5
2002
Cars fly, trees fight back, and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of his second year at Hogwarts. The Chamber of Secrets has been opened, and there will be adventure and d...

2001.

3 Movies
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

6.55
2001
Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his entire life. He learns on his 11th birthday that he has a place at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learn...
Monkeybone

Monkeybone

9
2001
After a car crash causes a repressed cartoonist to go into a coma, he and the Monkeybone wake up in a wacked-out waystation for lost souls. When Monkeybone takes over Stu's body and escapes to wreak h...

1999.

1 Movie
Bicentennial Man

Bicentennial Man

5
1999
A new robot is purchased by Richard Martin. The youngest of the family's children named the product Andrew. Andrew, a robot purchased as a household appliance programmed to perform menial tasks, is th...

1998.

1 Movie
Stepmom

Stepmom

7.17
1998
She is a divorced mother of two. Isabel was forced into the role of stepmother to their children because of her career minded boyfriend. While they have the chance, both women realise they must put as...

1996.

1 Movie
Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way

5.38
1996
Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company, is always busy at work. Howard will buy an action figure of his son's favorite television hero for Christmas after he misses his son's karate exposi...

1995.

1 Movie
Nine Months

Nine Months

8
1995
When he learns his girlfriend is pregnant, he might have to change his lifestyle.

1993.

1 Movie
Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire

6.63
1993
Daniel Hillard, estranged from his spouse, is crushed by a court order allowing only weekly visits with his kids. Daniel gets a job as an English nanny when he learns his ex needs one. He becomes the ...

1992.

2 Movies
The Making of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

The Making of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

1992
A special featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

6.78
1992
Instead of flying to Florida with his family, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card. Kevin is determined to stop the Wet Bandits from robbing a toy sto...

1991.

1 Movie
Only the Lonely

Only the Lonely

6
1991
Danny Muldoon is a police officer. The funeral parlour is owned by Theresa Luna. Danny and Theresa will either have to give up or change their minds.

1990.

2 Movies
Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

6
1990
Billy and Kate move to the Big Apple, land jobs in a high-tech office park, and end up getting along with Gizmo. A series of accidents creates a new generation of Gremlins. The situation gets worse wh...
Home Alone

Home Alone

6.49
1990
When Kevin's family goes on a Christmas vacation, they inadvertently leave him behind. The plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory when a pair of bungling crooks try to break into Kevin's hous...

1989.

1 Movie
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

1989
A little boy with dreams that are beyond reality is sucked into his own fantasy until he discovers a secret that may destroy his dream world.

1988.

1 Movie
Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

1988
When a teen tries to set up a band at his school, his mother who was a big fan of Elvis gets in a wreck, he and his band members decide to kidnap Elvis and have him hook up with his mother.

1987.

1 Movie
Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures in Babysitting

7
1987
ChrisParker ends up babysitting the Anderson kids when plans with her boyfriend fall through. When they leave the house to pick up Chris' friend, they turn into a series of ridiculous exploits. The gr...

1986.

1 TV show
TV
Galaxy High School

Galaxy High School

1986
Galaxy High is an American science fiction animated series that premiered on September 13, 1986 on CBS and ran for 13 episodes until December 6, 1986. The series was created by movie director Chris Co...

1985.

2 Movies
Young Sherlock Holmes

Young Sherlock Holmes

4
1985
There is a doctor and a detective. They met in an English boarding school. He is known for his ability even as a young person. They discovered a plot to kill a group of British business men by an Egyp...
The Goonies

The Goonies

6.5
1985
A teenager named Mikey Walsh finds a treasure map in his father's attic. Wanting to save their homes from demolition, Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the sec...

1984.

2 Movies
Reckless

Reckless

1984
Johnny falls for Tracy. She is from a well off family and he is poor and broken. Johnny has to win Tracy's heart because he acts like a jerk and she seems reluctant to let him do it.
Gremlins

Gremlins

5.85
1984
Billy Peltzer inadvertently broke three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, and unleashed a horde of mischievous gremlins on a small town, when he gave a strange but adorable pet named Gizmo for C...

Unknown Year.

4 Movies
Five Nights at Freddy's

Five Nights at Freddy's

A dark version of Chuck-E-Cheese is set in a pizza place where an animal band performs kiddy songs by day and murders people at night. The video game series is based on that.
Calico Joe

Calico Joe

The story is set in the world of Major League Baseball.
Gremlins 3

Gremlins 3

There will be a Gremlins sequel.
Stay Awake

Stay Awake

A loving mother of two struggles with a prescription drug addiction.
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