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Grant Heslov
Born (1963-05-15) May 15, 1963 (age 60)
Occupation(s)Actor, filmmaker
Years active1982–present
SpouseLysa Hayland-Heslov

Grant Heslov (born May 15, 1963) is an American actor and filmmaker known for his producing and writing collaborations with George Clooney, which have earned him four Oscar nominations. As a co-producer of Argo (2012), he received the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013. As an actor, he has appeared in films including True Lies (1994), Black Sheep (1996), Enemy of the State (1998) and The Scorpion King (2002), as well as performing supporting roles in several films made with Clooney.

Personal life

Heslov was born in Los Angeles, California,[1] and was raised in its Palos Verdes area. His father, Arthur Heslov, was a dentist, and his mother, Jerrie (née Rosen), a businesswoman.[2] He has two older brothers, Steven and Michael. Heslov is Jewish.[3][4]

He attended Palos Verdes High School, then the University of Southern California .[5] He is a member of Phi Kappa Psi.[6]

Heslov is married to Lysa Hayland-Heslov, a producer.[7]


Heslov's acting credits include the films True Lies, Dante's Peak, Enemy of the State, The Scorpion King, Good Night and Good Luck, Congo, Black Sheep, and Catch Me If You Can. He has also appeared in such TV series as Murder, She Wrote, Happy Days, Family Ties, Spencer, Mama's Family, L.A. Law, Matlock, Sleeper Cell and The X-Files.

In August 2006, Heslov and George Clooney started Smokehouse Pictures and began writing screenplays for production. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (with Clooney) and as producer for Best Film for Good Night, and Good Luck. Heslov also appears in the film as Don Hewitt, the director of the TV series See It Now, around which the movie is centered. He directed a screen adaptation of The Men Who Stare at Goats, starring Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey and co-produced The American starring Clooney in 2012. He also worked on 2011's The Ides of March. In June 2012, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[8]

In 2013, Heslov, alongside Clooney and Ben Affleck, won the Academy Award for Best Picture for Argo (2012). The three men also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Film.

Heslov directed the first and fifth episodes of the 2019 miniseries Catch-22, on which he was also executive producer.


Year Title Producer Writer Director
2003 Intolerable Cruelty Co-producer Joel Coen
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Yes Yes George Clooney
2008 Leatherheads Yes
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats Yes Himself
2010 The American Yes Anton Corbijn
2011 The Ides of March Yes Yes George Clooney
2012 Argo Yes Ben Affleck
2013 August: Osage County Yes John Wells
2014 The Monuments Men Yes Yes George Clooney
2015 Our Brand Is Crisis Yes David Gordon Green
2016 Money Monster Yes Jodie Foster
2017 Suburbicon Yes Yes George Clooney
2020 The Midnight Sky Yes
2023 The Boys in the Boat Yes
2024 Wolfs Yes Jon Watts
TBA Red Platoon Yes Daniel Espinosa

Executive producer

Acting roles

Year Title Role
1985 The Journey of Natty Gann Parker's Gang
The Boys Next Door Joe Gonzales
1986 Legal Eagles Usher
1988 Sunset Car Attendant
License to Drive Karl
1989 Dangerous Curves Wally Wilder
Catch Me if You Can Nevil
1990 Vital Signs Rick
1994 True Lies Faisal
1995 Congo Richard
1996 Black Sheep Robbie Mieghem
The Birdcage National Enquirer Photographer
1997 Dante's Peak Greg
1998 Enemy of the State Lenny
Waiting for Woody Josh Silver
2002 Bug Gordon - Guy in Bug Suit
The Scorpion King Arpid
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Don Hewitt
2008 Leatherheads Saul Keller
2012 Lost Angeles Film Producer
2014 The Monuments Men Battlefield Doctor

Awards and nominations

Year Title Award/Nomination
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
2011 The Ides of March Nominated- Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
2012 Argo Academy Award for Best Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Film
César Award for Best Foreign Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
Nominated- AACTA International Award for Best Film
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Film


  1. ^ "California Birth Index 1905–1995". Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California; State of California. Retrieved 2010-02-17 – via
  2. ^ Freeman, Hadley (13 February 2014). "Grant Heslov: 'It's great to have Clooney there to crack the whip'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  3. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel (November 7, 2009). "Grant Heslov, George Clooney team up for 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "Jews in the News: Oscar Time!". Tampa Jewish Federation. February 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Alumni". USC School of Dramatic Arts. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Southern California" (PDF). Shield of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Phi Kappa Psi. April 1982. p. 110. Retrieved 1 April 2019 – via
  7. ^ "'Nobody's Perfect' Screening In Los Angeles Photos and Images". Getty Images. 2004-02-19. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  8. ^ "Academy Invites 176 to Membership". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. June 29, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2013.