Ken Kwapis

Director

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Ken Kwapis is an award-winning director of motion pictures and television. 

He has directed eleven feature films: A Walk In The Woods starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson; Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski; He’s Just Not That Into You, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer nConnelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, and Justin Long; License To Wed, starring Robin Williams, John Krasinski, and Mandy Moore; The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, starring Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively; The Beautician And The Beast, starring Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton; Dunston Checks In, starring Faye Dunaway and Jason Alexander; He Said, She Said, co-directed by Marisa Silver, starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins; Vibes, starring Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, and Peter Falk. Kwapis made his feature debut with Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, starring Jim Henson's Muppets. 

For Showtime Independent Films, Kwapis wrote and directed Sexual Life, freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s "La Ronde," starring Elizabeth Banks, Kerry Washington, and Anne Heche.

Kwapis helped launch eight television series, directing the pilot episodes of such shows as HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, FOX’s The Bernie Mac Show, and NBC’s The Office. He received an Emmy nomination for directing the third season premiere of The Office, "Gay Witch Hunt.” He also directed the show’s 100th episode and its series finale.

Under his In Cahoots production company banner, Kwapis was executive producer/director of NBC’s Outsourced, based on the 2006 independent feature of the same name. Kwapis was also executive producer/director of Showtime’s Happyish, starring Steve Coogan and Kathryn Hahn.

His television work includes episodes of NBC’s Freaks And Geeks, and he was Emmy nominated as a producer/director on FOX's Malcolm In The Middle. He recently contributed episodes to Amazon’s One Mississippi and Netflix’ Santa Clarita Diet.

Kwapis studied filmmaking at Northwestern University and the University of Southern California. He won the Student Academy Award in Dramatic Achievement for his USC film For Heaven’s Sake!, a contemporary adaptation of Mozart's one-act opera "Der Schauspieldirektor" ("The Impresario").