Doug Liman has become acknowledged as one of the most vibrant and original young voices in American film with his critically-acclaimed features "Swingers" and "Go." His most recent feature, "The Bourne Identity" starring Matt Damon was a top box office hit of 2002.
Born in New York City, Liman attended the International Center of Photography while still in high school. He attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he helped found the school's student-run cable television station.
Liman began making short films at the age of seven and on into junior high school. He attended the graduate program of the School of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California, where he directed his first feature project, the comedy thriller "Getting In" (aka "Student Body"), which starred Stephen Mailer, Matthew Perry, Andrew McCarthy and Christine Baranski.
Liman made a splash with the indie hit "Swingers" which he produced and directed and made on a shoe-string budget of $250,000. Liman acquired the script from the film's screenwriter, Jon Favreau and he cast him along with Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingstone and Patrick Van Horne, to star in the story of the search for love in and around Los Angeles' retro swing bars.
Liman's adrenaline-driven next effort, "Go," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opened to overwhelming positive notices. Liman also served as director of photography on both "Swingers" and "Go." Following "Go," Liman produced Sarah Thorp's "See Jane Run" and helped produce the critically-acclaimed "Kissing Jessica Stein."
Liman has also directed highly-acclaimed and popular commercials including the Nike Golf commercial starring Tiger Woods effortlessly juggling a golf ball with his club and foot. Liman is a founding partner of the entertainment production company Hypnotic, which produces, markets and distributes independent film and television properties.
His interests outside of filmmaking include working for the Legal Action Center which provides pro-bono legal work on behalf of people with addictions, HIV and convictions and with Safe Space, which does work on behalf of homeless teens in New York. He is also an avid outdoor enthusiast who guides river trips, climbs, mountaineers and is an accomplished pilot.
Liman lives in New York and Los Angeles.
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