Vince Gilligan

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Vince Gilligan
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Vince Gilligan at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
BornGeorge Vincent Gilligan, Jr.
(1967-02-10) February 10, 1967 (age 47)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
OccupationWriter, producer, director
Years active1990–present
Partner(s)Holly Rice (1991–present)
 
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Vince Gilligan
Vince Gilligan by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Vince Gilligan at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
BornGeorge Vincent Gilligan, Jr.
(1967-02-10) February 10, 1967 (age 47)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
OccupationWriter, producer, director
Years active1990–present
Partner(s)Holly Rice (1991–present)

George Vincent "Vince" Gilligan, Jr. (born February 10, 1967)[1] is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically being the creator, head writer and executive producer of Breaking Bad, co-creator of The Lone Gunmen, and a writer and producer for The X-Files. He has two upcoming series planned: Battle Creek, a police drama, and Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spin-off.

Early life[edit]

Gilligan was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Gail, a grade school teacher, and George Vincent Gilligan, Sr., an insurance claims adjuster.[2] His parents divorced in 1974 and he and his younger brother, Patrick, were raised in Farmville and Chesterfield County.[1][3] Growing up, Gilligan became best friends with future film editor and film title designer Angus Wall. His interest in film began when Wall's mother, Jackie, who also taught alongside Gilligan's mother, would lend her Super 8 film cameras to him. He used the camera to make science fiction films with Patrick.[4] One of his first films was entitled Space Wreck, starring his brother in the lead role. One year later, he won first prize for his age group in a film competition at the University of Virginia.[1]

Jackie would take Wall and Gilligan to Richmond and drop them off at Cloverleaf Mall to see films, and encourage both of them to pursue a career in the arts. "I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for Jackie. She was a wonderful lady and a real inspiration," he recalls.[4] Gilligan was recognized for his talents and creativity at an early age. George Sr. described him as a "kind of a studious-type young man, and he liked to read, and he had a vivid imagination". He introduced Gilligan to film noir classics, as well as John Wayne and Clint Eastwood Westerns on late-night television.[4] Gilligan won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. After eighth grade, he moved back to Chesterfield to attend high school.[1]

After graduating from Lloyd C. Bird High School in 1985, Gilligan went on to attend New York University on a partial scholarship, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.[5] While at NYU, he wrote the screenplay for Home Fries, which was later turned into a film; Gilligan received the Virginia Governor's Screenwriting Award in 1989 for the screenplay.[3] One of the judges of the competition was Mark Johnson, a film producer. He was impressed by Gilligan, saying he "was the most imaginative writer I'd ever read".[4] Johnson would serve as a mentor to Gilligan, introducing him to The X-Files creator Chris Carter.[1]

Career[edit]

The X-Files[edit]

Gilligan's big break came when he joined the Fox television drama The X-Files. Gilligan was a fan of the show, and submitted a script to Fox which became the second season episode "Soft Light".[6] He went on to write 29 more episodes, in addition to being co-executive producer of 44 episodes, executive producer of 40, co-producer of 24, and supervising producer of 20. He also co-created and became executive producer of the The X-Files spin-off series The Lone Gunmen. The series only ran for one season of 13 episodes.

Breaking Bad[edit]

Gilligan created, wrote, directed, and produced the AMC drama series Breaking Bad. He created the series with the premise that the hero would become the villain. "Television is historically good at keeping its characters in a self-imposed stasis so that shows can go on for years or even decades," he said. "When I realized this, the logical next step was to think, how can I do a show in which the fundamental drive is toward change?"[7] He added that his goal with Walter White was to turn him from "Mr. Chips into Scarface".[8] While pitching the show to studios, Gilligan was initially discouraged when he learned of the existing series Weeds and its similarities to the premise of Breaking Bad. While his producers convinced him that the show was different enough to still be successful, he later stated that he would not have gone forward with the idea had he known about Weeds earlier.[9]

Breaking Bad received widespread critical acclaim and has been praised by many critics as being among the greatest television dramas of all time.[7] Gilligan has been awarded numerous times for writing, directing, and producing the series. The Writers Guild of America has awarded him four times in straight succession, from 2012 to 2014; three as a part of the Breaking Bad writing team and one individually for writing the episode "Box Cutter".[10][11][12] He also received two Primetime Emmys in 2013 and 2014 for producing the show. In 2014, he won the Directors Guild of America Award for directing the finale of Breaking Bad, "Felina".[13]

Series in pre-production[edit]

In September 2013, Sony Pictures Television announced a deal with AMC to produce a Breaking Bad spin-off prequel entitled Better Call Saul. It will focus on character Saul Goodman from the original series, before he became Walter White's lawyer, and will star Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as the title character.[14] Later that same month, Sony announced that it struck a deal with CBS to produce a new television series created by Gilligan entitled Battle Creek, which it anticipates will premiere as part of CBS's Fall 2014 season. Based on a script written by Gilligan ten years prior, the show will follow the partnership of two police detectives who must compete with a seemingly-perfect FBI agent. CBS has ordered thirteen episodes, all of which it has uncharacteristically guaranteed to air.[15]

Acting[edit]

Gilligan's first acting role came in 2014 when he played an aspiring actor who quits his job at Apple in "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing", the ninth episode of the fifth season of NBC's comedy series Community.

Personal life[edit]

Gilligan has been dating his girlfriend, Holly Rice, since 1991.[2] In an interview in 2011, Gilligan stated that he was raised Catholic and has since become agnostic.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul at the 36th Annual Saturn Awards.

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Wilder NapalmWriter
1998Home FriesWriter
2008HancockCo-writerWritten with Vincent Ngo

Television[edit]

Production staff[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995–1996The X-FilesCreative consultantSeason 3
1996–1997Co-producerSeason 4
1997–1998Supervising producerSeason 5
1998–2000Co-executive producerSeasons 6–7
1999–2000Harsh RealmConsulting producerSeason 1
2000–2002The X-FilesExecutive producerSeasons 8–9
2001The Lone GunmenExecutive producerSeason 1
2007A.M.P.E.D.Executive producerPilot
2008–2013Breaking BadExecutive producerSeasons 1–5

Writer[edit]

YearShowSeasonEpisodeEpisode numberOriginal airdateNotes
1995The X-Files2"Soft Light"23May 5, 1995
19963"Pusher"17February 23, 1996
4"Unruhe"4October 27, 1996
"Paper Hearts"10December 15, 1996
1997"Leonard Betts"12January 26, 1997Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Memento Mori"14February 9, 1997Written by Gilligan & Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz & John Shiban
"Small Potatoes"20April 20, 1997
5"Unusual Suspects"3November 16, 1997
"Christmas Carol"6December 7, 1997Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Emily"7December 14, 1997Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
1998"Kitsunegari"8January 4, 1998Written by Gilligan & Tim Minear
"Bad Blood"12February 22, 1998
"Folie a Deux"19May 10, 1998
6"Drive"2November 15, 1998
"Dreamland"4November 29, 1998Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Dreamland II"5December 6, 1998Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
1999"Tithonus"10January 24, 1999
"Monday"14February 28, 1999Written by Gilligan & John Shiban
"Three of a Kind"20May 2, 1999Written by Gilligan & John Shiban
"Field Trip"21May 9, 1999Teleplay by Gilligan & John Shiban
(Story by Frank Spotnitz)
7"Hungry"3November 21, 1999
"Millennium"4November 28, 1999Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
2000"The Amazing Maleeni"8January 16, 2000Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"X-Cops"12February 20, 2000
"Theef"14March 12, 2000Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Je Souhaite"21May 14, 2000Also director
8"Roadrunners"4November 26, 2000
2001The Lone Gunmen1"Pilot"1March 4, 2001Written by Gilligan & Chris Carter & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Bond, Jimmy Bond"2March 11, 2001Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Planet of the Frohikes"7April 6, 2001
"Maximum Byers"8April 13, 2001Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
"All About Yves"12May 11, 2001Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"The Cap'n Toby Show"13June 1, 2001Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
2002The X-Files9"John Doe"7January 13, 2002
"Jump the Shark"15April 21, 2002Written by Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
"Sunshine Days"18May 12, 2002Also director
Robbery Homicide Division1"Free and Clear"4November 30, 2002Written by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
"City of Strivers"7November 8, 2002
"Life is Dust"9November 30, 2002Teleplay written by Gilligan & Todd A. Kessler & Sean Jablonski
(Story by Michael Mann)
2005Night Stalker1"What's the Frequency, Kolchak?"10March 17, 2006
2007A.M.P.E.D.PilotWritten by Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz
2008Breaking Bad1"Pilot"1January 20, 2008Also director
"Cat's in the Bag..."2January 27, 2008
"...And the Bag's in the River"3February 10, 2008
"Cancer Man"4February 17, 2008
20092"Peekaboo"6April 12, 2009Written by Gilligan & J. Roberts
"ABQ"13May 31, 2009
20103"No Mas"1March 21, 2010
"Full Measure"13June 13, 2010Also director
20114"Box Cutter"1July 17, 2011
"Face Off"13October 9, 2011Also director
20125"Live Free or Die"1July 15, 2012
"Madrigal"2July 22, 2012
2013"Felina"16September 29, 2013Also director

Acting[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014CommunityDevonEpisode: "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1997Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1997Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1998Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1998Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
2008Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2009Writers Guild of America AwardBest New SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2009Writers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaBreaking BadWon
2009Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2010Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaBreaking BadNominated
2010Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2010Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2011Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaBreaking BadNominated
2011Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2012Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesBreaking BadWon
2012Writers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaBreaking BadWon
2012Directors Guild of America AwardOutstanding Directing – Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2012Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2012Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2013Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Drama SeriesBreaking BadWon
2013Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaBreaking BadNominated
2013Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesBreaking BadWon
2013Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesBreaking BadWon
2014Directors Guild of America AwardOutstanding Directing – Drama SeriesBreaking BadWon
2014Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesBreaking BadWon
2014Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaBreaking BadWon
2014British Academy of Film and Television ArtsBest International ProgrammeBreaking BadWon
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Drama SeriesBreaking BadWon
2014Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesBreaking BadWon
2014Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2014Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e McConnell, Jim. "Our Man in Hollywood". Chesterfield Monthly. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Segal, David (July 6, 2011). "The Dark Art of ‘Breaking Bad’". The New York Times. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Breaking Bad Biography" AMC June 29, 2013
  4. ^ a b c d Foster, Richard (July 2011). "Bad Man". Richmond Magazine. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Biography at Mahalo" November 25, 2009.
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (1995). The Truth is Out There: The Official Guide to the X-Files. Harper Prism. pp. 219–221. ISBN 0061053309. 
  7. ^ a b Klosterman, Chuck (July 12, 2011). "Bad Decisions". Grantland. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bowles, Scott (July 13, 2011). "'Breaking Bad' Shows Man at His Worst in Season 4". USA Today. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vince Gilligan Talks 'Breaking Bad' Beginnings, 'Weeds'". Huffington Post. July 17, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "2012 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". wga.org. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2013 WGA Awards Winners Complete List". time.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "WGA Awards 2014 Winners Complete List". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "66th Annual DGA Awards". dga.org. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ Arons, Rachel (September 12, 2013). "Better Call Saul! Breaking Bad's Spinoff Series". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ Carter, Bill (September 25, 2013). "'Breaking Bad' Creator Gilligan in Deal for CBS Show, 'Battle Creek'". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://m.npr.org/story/140111200

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