Marshall Herskovitz
Herskovitz at George Mason University, 2008
Marshall Schreiber Herskovitz

(1952-02-23) February 23, 1952 (age 70)
EducationAFI Conservatory
Years active1976–present
Susan Amanda Shilladay
(m. 1981; div. 1993)
Landry Major
(m. 2015)

Marshall Schreiber Herskovitz (born February 23, 1952)[1] is an American film director, writer, and producer, and currently the President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America. Among his productions are Traffic, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, and I Am Sam. Herskovitz has directed two feature films, Jack the Bear and Dangerous Beauty. Herskovitz was a creator and executive producer of the television shows thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again, and also wrote and directed several episodes of all three series.

Life and career

Herskovitz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Frieda (née Schreiber) and Alexander Herskovitz.[1] His family is Jewish.[2]

He was married to screenwriter Susan Shilliday from 1981 to 1993. They have two daughters.

Herskovitz married Landry Major in 2015.

Herskovitz has long been "one of the film industry's most active and passionate environmentalists."[3] He serves on the advisory board of The Climate Mobilization, a grassroots advocacy group calling for a national economic mobilization against climate change on the scale of the home front during World War II, with the goal of 100% clean energy and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.[4]


Thirtysomething won numerous Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama series in 1988. That year it also won Outstanding Writing in a Drama series for an episode that Herskovitz co-wrote with Paul Haggis. The show also received the Best Drama Series award at the Golden Globes that year. Herskovitz himself was honored by both the Writers Guild and Directors Guild for his work on the series.

Traffic was nominated for Best Picture at the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001.

Once and Again was nominated for Best Drama Series of 1999 at the Golden Globes.


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1993 Jack the Bear Yes No No
1994 Legends of the Fall No Yes No
1998 Dangerous Beauty Yes Yes No
2000 Traffic No Yes No Nominated- Academy Award for Best Picture
2001 I Am Sam No Yes No
2003 The Last Samurai No Yes Yes
2006 Blood Diamond No Yes No
2010 Love & Other Drugs No Yes Yes
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back No No Yes
The Great Wall No No Story
2016–2018 Nashville No Executive Yes Seasons 5–6
2017 American Assassin No No Yes
Woman Walks Ahead No Yes No

Executive producer

Other credits

Year Title Role
1998 Desperate Measures Actor
Shakespeare in Love Thanks
2004 Crash Acknowledgement
2007 In the Valley of Elah Special thanks


  1. ^ a b c "Marshall Herskovitz Biography (1952–)". Retrieved September 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Shandler, Jeffrey (March 20, 2009). "Television in the United States". Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Waghorn, Terry (November 21, 2011). "Marshall Herskovitz: World War II the Key to America's Energy Future". Forbes.
  4. ^ "Advisory Board". The Climate Mobilization. Retrieved August 30, 2016.