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Birth Place: Profession: screenwriter, youth counselor, railroad worker, waiter

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Maguire was broke and on the verge of moving his family from California to New Hampshire when he learned that his screenplay for "In the Line of Fire" (1993)--which became a Clint Eastwood blockbuster--had been purchased to be made into a film. Though his family had to endure seven years of financial near-disaster, Maguire's work may well have benefited from the series of life lessons (e.g., early professional failure; drug abuse; working as a waiter in Beverly Hills; volunteering as one of Mother Teresa's counselors to L.A. street gangs; and becoming involved with the teachings of a Bombay-based spiritual leader) he learned before finally achieving success in his chosen profession. Maguire entered the industry in 1981 as a co-writer of the original story (subsequently completely rewritten) for John Huston's "Victory," a generally reviled WWII POW soccer movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, and soccer great Pele. Five years later he co-wrote the story for "Toby McTeague" (1986), an obscure Canadian-produced French-language children's feature about parenting and dog sled racing in Northern Quebec. "In the Line of Fire," a project with a nine-year genesis in development hell, became...

Maguire was broke and on the verge of moving his family from California to New Hampshire when he learned that his screenplay for "In the Line of Fire" (1993)--which became a Clint Eastwood blockbuster--had been purchased to be made into a film. Though his family had to endure seven years of financial near-disaster, Maguire's work may well have benefited from the series of life lessons (e.g., early professional failure; drug abuse; working as a waiter in Beverly Hills; volunteering as one of Mother Teresa's counselors to L.A. street gangs; and becoming involved with the teachings of a Bombay-based spiritual leader) he learned before finally achieving success in his chosen profession.

Maguire entered the industry in 1981 as a co-writer of the original story (subsequently completely rewritten) for John Huston's "Victory," a generally reviled WWII POW soccer movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, and soccer great Pele. Five years later he co-wrote the story for "Toby McTeague" (1986), an obscure Canadian-produced French-language children's feature about parenting and dog sled racing in Northern Quebec. "In the Line of Fire," a project with a nine-year genesis in development hell, became Maguire's first credit as a screenwriter. This tense and thought-provoking political thriller provided an excellent showcase for stars Eastwood and John Malkovich and earned Maguire an Oscar nomination.

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Raised in Greenwich, Connecticut
1966:
Raised (along with three siblings) by his widowed mother after his father died of a stroke (date approximate)
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After college, moved to Alaska and became a railroad worker
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Moved to NYC to work on industrial films with a friend, Djordje (aka George) Milicevic
1981:
Co-wrote original story (with Yaba Yoblonsky and Djordje Milicevic) for John Huston's "Victory"
1986:
Co-wrote original story (with Djordje Milicevic) for "Toby McTeague", a Canadian French-language family adventure film
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Moved to Los Angeles; lived in the garage of a house rented by the Milicevics in Westwood
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Spent a year writing screenplays; none were sold
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Moved to West Hollywood; began living what he calls a "hedonistic life"
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Worked nights as a waiter at the Cheesecake Factory, a Beverly Hills restaurant
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Worked as a volunteer counselor with Mother Teresa's group, Missionaries of Charity, in the Pico-Union section of sowntown L.A.; worked primarily with Hispanic gangs
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Became a follower of the teachings of Meher Baba, a spiritual master who works with the impoverished caste in Bombay, India
1985:
Resumed pursuing a writing career after marrying and fathering a son; family lived mostly on loans from relatives
1990:
Approached by producer Jeff Apple to develop his Secret Service agent concept into a film treatment
1993:
First produced screenplay, "In the Line of Fire"; also appeared in bit part as a Secret Service agent; received Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay
2003:
Adapted the Michael Crichton novel, "Timeline" for the big screen
2006:
Wrote the screenplay for "Gridiron Gang" inspired by a 1993 documentary that follows a probation officer who forms a football team of juvenile inmates
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Education

Hampshire College: Amherst , Massachusetts -

Notes

"Mr. Maguire, who now lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., has completed a script for Columbia Pictures, "Gridiron Gang." based on a true story about a Los Angeles correctional center. He has assurances that the film will be made, but no illusions.

"The worst thing that can finally happen is we go back to New Hampshire," the writer said. "I have a novel outlined. Wwhen Hollywood decides I'm too old or passe or whatever, I'll leave town and write my novel. I'm keeping my outline in my back drawer. Just in case."

--From "With 'Line of Fire,' Writer Discovers Ending for Hollywood-Failure Story" by Bernard Weinraub in The New York Times, July 20, 1993.

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wife:
Lynn Nau. Schoolteacher. Married 1983.

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son:
Danny Maguire. Born 1985.

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