Paul John Weitz (born November 19, 1965) is an American film producer, screenwriter, actor, and film director. He is the brother of filmmaker Chris Weitz.
Weitz was born in New York City, New York. He is son of the actress Susan Kohner and Berlin-born novelist/fashion designer John Weitz (born Hans Werner Weitz), and the grandson of Bohemia-born producer Paul Kohner and Mexican actress Lupita Tovar. His father, and maternal grandfather, were Jewish, and his maternal grandmother was Catholic; he was raised in a “nonreligious” household.
Growing up in New York City, he attended The Allen-Stevenson School and later Collegiate. Then, he graduated from Wesleyan University, where he wrote the play Mango Tea. The play was performed off-Broadway.
Weitz first achieved mainstream success by directing American Pie with his brother Chris. He then co-directed 2002’s About a Boy, an adaption of Nick Hornby’s novel which was Weitz’s greatest critical success and earned him and… read more