Henry Jaglom Biography

Called “One of America’s most idiosyncratic and important filmmakers – the definitive Independent,” by The Los Angeles Times’  Kevin Thomas, Henry Jaglom trained in New York at The Actor’s Studio, studying acting with Lee Strasberg and writing/directing with Harold Clurman.  He performed in off-Broadway theatre and cabaret before coming to Hollywood under contract to Columbia Pictures, where he guest-starred on TV shows (“Gidget,” “The Flying Nun”) and was featured in a number of films including ones directed by Jack Nicholson (“Drive,” “He Said”), Dennis Hopper (“The Last Movie”) and Orson Welles (“The Other Side of the Wind”), each of whom he eventually directed in return.

Jaglom’s acclaimed filmmaking career began in the cutting room when he helped edit Hopper’s 1969 hit, “Easy Rider.” His first effort as a writer/director, 1971’s “A Safe Place,” caused Anais Nin to proclaim: “Henry Jaglom is the magician of American cinema!” Since then Jaglom has written and directed thirteen more films: “Tracks” (1976); “Sitting Ducks” (1980); “Can She Bake A Cherry Pie?” (1983); “Always (But Not Forever)” (1985); “Someone To Love” (1987); “New Year’s Day” (1989); “EATING” (1990); “Venice/Venice” (1991); “Babyfever” (1994); “Last Summer in the Hamptons” (1996); “Deja Vu” (1998); “Festival in Cannes” (2002); and “Going Shopping” (2004).  According to John Richardson in Premiere Magazine: “Jaglom wants nothing more, and nothing less, than to capture contemporary reality itself.  And he succeeds.  That is what makes his films so true to our time, at once so modest and so ambitious.”