Over his many years in the film business, producer David Kirkpatrick has developed a reputation for being able to spot quality writing and stories as well as the ability to assemble the kind of talent it takes to achieve both box office and critical success.
The former president of production for Paramount Pictures, Kirkpatrick is responsible for a
formidable body of work that includes The Addams Family, Wayne's World, Patriot Games, The Firm, Naked Gun 2 1/2, Indecent Proposal, An Officer and a Gentleman, Witness, Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Terms of Endearment and the Star Trek franchise.
Following The Opposite of Sex, Kirkpatrick will produce Bruno, which marks the directorial debut of Shirley MacLaine, who will also star in the film.
In 1996, he produced The Evening Star, the sequel to the Academy Award winner Terms of Endearment, and A Smile Like Yours.
In 1995, he produced the Paramount hit comedy The Brady Bunch, as well as the Emmy-Award winning HBO movie Rasputin, starring Alan Rickman, Ian McKellen and Greta Scacchi. He was executive producer of the Big Night, starring Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott, Isabella Rossellini and Minnie Driver, and directed by Scott and Tucci. Big Night received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.
Prior to his executive tenure at Paramount, Kirkpatrick was president of production at Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures, where he oversaw Dead Poet's Society, Green Card and White Fang, among others.
Kirkpatrick attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he received the Ray Stark Scholarship for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Film.