John Lee Hancock biography

Saving Mr. Banks Director

John Lee Hancock

Date of Birth: 1957

John Lee Hancock's career path took an abrupt turn when he decided to work in the film industry after years of practicing the law. A native of Longview, Texas, Hancock obtained his B.A. in English from Baylor University and his J.D. from Baylor University Law School. He served four years as an attorney with Houston-based Sowell & Ogg, working as a production coordinator, location scout, and assistant director for numerous productions.

Hancock was inspired towards the silver screen through his work on stage, where he had once been a member of the Fountainhead Theatre Company in L.A., and Legal Aliens Theatre, which he had co-founded. While working at his theatre, he wrote and directed a number of plays, including Riff For Emily and Ten to Midnight.

By 1993, he had started making a name for himself in the film world when he penned the feature, A Perfect World , directed by Clint Eastwood. After writing and making his directorial debut on the film Hard Time Romance (1993), he and Eastwood teamed up again to film his second script, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). He returned to directing again with The Rookie (2002).

Hancock has also done some work for the small screen writing, directing and executive producing the drama L.A. Doctors and executive produced the pilot Falcone.

Filmogrpahy (director):

The Blind Side (2009)
The Alamo (2004)
The Rookie (2002)
Hard Time Romance (1993)

John Lee Hancock Filmography


Saving Mr. Banks

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  125 min.
Release Date: December 20, 2013 - December 13, 2013 - Toronto
December 20, 2013 - Wide

DVD: March 18, 2014

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Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Rachel Griffiths, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Kathy Baker

Inspiration: P.L. Travers