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Grant Heslov
Grant Heslov TIFF09 portrait.jpg
Born (1963-05-15) May 15, 1963 (age 57)
OccupationActor, producer, screenwriter, director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Lysa Hayland-Heslov

Grant Heslov (born May 15, 1963) is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter and director, known for his producing and writing collaborations with George Clooney, which have earned him three Oscar nominations. As a co-producer of Argo (2012), he received the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013. As an actor, he has appeared in films including True Lies (1994), Black Sheep (1996), Enemy of the State (1998) and The Scorpion King (2002), as well as performing supporting roles in several films made with Clooney.

Personal life

Heslov was born in Los Angeles, California,[1] and was raised in its Palos Verdes area. His father, Arthur, was a dentist, and his mother, Jerrie (née Rosen), a businesswoman.[2] He has two older brothers, Steven and Michael. His family is Jewish.[3][4]

He attended Palos Verdes High School, then the University of Southern California along with friend (and fellow actor) Tate Donovan.[5] He is a member of Phi Kappa Psi.[6]

Heslov is married to Lysa Hayland-Heslov, a producer.[7]


Heslov's acting credits include the films True Lies, Dante's Peak, Enemy of the State, The Scorpion King, Good Night and Good Luck, Congo, Black Sheep, and Catch Me If You Can. He has also appeared in such TV series as Happy Days, Family Ties, Spencer, Mama's Family, L.A. Law, Matlock, Sleeper Cell and The X-Files.

In August 2006, Heslov and George Clooney started Smokehouse Pictures and began writing screenplays for production. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (with Clooney) and as producer for Best Film for Good Night, and Good Luck. Heslov also appears in the film as Don Hewitt, the director of the TV series See It Now, around which the movie is centered. He directed a screen adaptation of The Men Who Stare at Goats, starring Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey and co-produced The American starring Clooney in 2012. He also worked on 2011's The Ides of March. In June 2012, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[8]

In 2013, Heslov, alongside Clooney and Ben Affleck, won the Academy Award for Best Picture for Argo (2012). The three men also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Film.


Year Title Director Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
1985 The Journey of Natty Gann
Parker's Gang
1985 The Boys Next Door
Joe Gonzales
1986 Legal Eagles
1988 Sunset
Car Attendant
1988 License to Drive
1989 Dangerous Curves
Wally Wilder
1989 Catch Me if You Can
1990 Vital Signs
1994 True Lies
1995 Congo
1996 Black Sheep
Robbie Mieghem
1996 The Birdcage
National Enquirer Photographer
1997 Dante's Peak
1998 Enemy of the State
1998 Waiting for Woody
Josh Silver
2002 Bug
Gordon - Guy in Bug Suit
2002 The Scorpion King
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck
Don Hewitt Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
2008 Leatherheads
Saul Keller
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats
2010 The American
2011 The Ides of March
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
2012 Lost Angeles
Film Producer
2012 Martin Scorsese Eats a Cookie
Short film directed by George Clooney
2012 Argo
Academy Award for Best Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Film
César Award for Best Foreign Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
Nominated—AACTA International Award for Best Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Film
2013 August: Osage County
2014 The Monuments Men
Battlefield Doctor
2015 Our Brand Is Crisis
2016 Money Monster
2017 Suburbicon
2020 The Midnight Sky


  1. ^ "California Birth Index 1905–1995". Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California; State of California. Retrieved 2010-02-17 – via
  2. ^ Freeman, Hadley (13 February 2014). "Grant Heslov: 'It's great to have Clooney there to crack the whip'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  3. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel (November 7, 2009). "Grant Heslov, George Clooney team up for 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "Jews in the News: Oscar Time!". Tampa Jewish Federation. February 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Alumni". USC School of Dramatic Arts. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Southern California" (PDF). Shield of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Phi Kappa Psi. April 1982. p. 110. Retrieved 1 April 2019 – via
  7. ^ "'Nobody's Perfect' Screening In Los Angeles Photos and Images". Getty Images. 2004-02-19. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  8. ^ "Academy Invites 176 to Membership". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. June 29, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2013.

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