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Jonathan Frederick Lawton was born in Riverside, California. His father, Harry W. Lawton, was a historian and novelist, the author of “Tell Them Willie Boy is Here,” which was the basis for the 1969 feature film starring Robert Redford.
He studied filmmaking at Cal State Long Beach and then worked for several years as a film editor during which time he also wrote a number of screenplays, one of which, THREE THOUSAND, was selected by the prestigious Sundance Institute for their screenwriting workshop.
THREE THOUSAND was later purchased by Disney Studios and the title changed to PRETTY WOMAN. The film was directed by Garry Marshall and starred Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. It became the largest grossing live action film in Disney’s history with over $400 million in world wide box office. Lawton was nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America Award and a British Academy Award for this screenplay.
Lawton co-wrote MISTRESS, with director Barry Primus, a comedy starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Martin Landau. He also wrote and directed THE HUNTED, which starred Christopher Lambert and John Lone for Universal Pictures. He created and exec produced the Sony Television hit syndicated show VIP starring Pamela Anderson through a successful five year run. His other writing credits include BLANKMAN (with Daman Wayans), CHAIN REACTION (starring Keanu Reeves) and most recently DEAD OR ALIVE (starring Jamie Pressly).
.Jackson is his first feature opera about the homeless
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