Terry George biography

Terry George

Terry George received Academy Award, BAFTA and Writers Guild of America nominations for his first produced screenplay, In the Name of the Father (1993), starring Daniel Day-Lewis. His directorial debut, Some Mother's Son (1996), which he also co-wrote, won awards at several international film festivals.

George subsequently adapted and directed the acclaimed HBO movie, A Bright and Shining Lie (1998), which received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Television Movie and a Golden Globe nomination for leading actor Bill Paxton.

Other writing credits include The Boxer (1997), also starring Day-Lewis, and Hart's War (2002) starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell. George went on to create and produce the CBS drama series The District, which debuted in 2000 and has received Emmy and TV Guide Award nominations.

A native of Northern Ireland, George is no stranger to political upheavals, and his scripts often portray the struggles that everyday people go through due to the politics that surround them. After hearing of Paul Rusesabagina's heroic efforts to save 1268 refugees during the genocide that took place over 100+ days in Rwanda, George knew he had to tell the story. The result was Hotel Rwanda (2005), starring Don Cheadle. The film won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival and received three Golden Globe nominations, for Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Original Song and Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama.

His latest credits include writing and directing the crime drama Reservation Road (2007) with Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Connelly, the dramedy Stand Off (2011) with Brendan Fraser, and the historical drama The Promise (2017) with Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale.

Married to writer Margaret Higgins, they have a daughter, Oorlagh, and a son, Seamus. They divide their time between Ireland and New York.

Terry George Filmography



  • Stand Off (2011)
  • Hart's War (2002)
  • The Boxer (1997)
  • Some Mother's Son (1996)
  • In the Name of the Father (1993)


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