Anthony Joseph Gilroy
September 11, 1956
New York City, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Screenwriter, director, producer|
|Parent(s)||Frank D. Gilroy|
Ruth Dorothy Gaydos
|Relatives||Dan Gilroy (brother)|
John Gilroy (brother)
Anthony Joseph Gilroy (born September 11, 1956) is an American filmmaker. He wrote the screenplays for the original Bourne trilogy (2002–2007) and wrote and directed the fourth film of the franchise, The Bourne Legacy (2012). He also wrote and directed Michael Clayton (2007) and Duplicity (2009), earning nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the former.
In 2016, Gilroy was hired by Lucasfilm to provide rewrites and uncredited reshoots for Rogue One. He later returned to the Star Wars universe as the showrunner, head writer and executive producer of Andor (2022–present), a Disney+ political spy drama series chronicling the evolution of Cassian Andor over a five-year period preceding the events of Rogue One.
Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of Ruth Dorothy (née Gaydos), a sculptor and writer, and Frank D. Gilroy, an award-winning playwright, director, and movie producer, who received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Subject Was Roses in 1965. He is the brother of screenwriter Dan Gilroy and editor John Gilroy. Through his father, he is of Italian, Irish and German descent. He has two children, Sam and Kathryn, and is married to Susan Gilroy.
Gilroy was raised in Washingtonville, New York. He graduated from Washingtonville High School in 1974 at 16 years old and attended Boston University for two years before dropping out to concentrate on his music career.
Gilroy has written many scripts for film, starting with the script for The Cutting Edge in 1992. This was followed by Dolores Claiborne in 1995 and The Devil's Advocate in 1997. He was one of five credited writers on Michael Bay's Armageddon, the highest-grossing film of 1998. Gilroy's next script was Proof of Life in 2000. In 2002, 2003 and 2007 he wrote the screenplays for The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and wrote and directed the next installment of the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy (2012).
Also in 2007, he wrote and directed the film Michael Clayton, which won an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, and was nominated for several Academy Awards including screenplay. In 2009, Gilroy wrote and directed the romantic comedy spy film Duplicity, starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Tom Wilkinson. Gilroy was set, along with The Bourne Ultimatum co-screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, to write the script for the upcoming film Army of Two, based on the video game from EA Montreal.
In September 2013, Gilroy delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.
In 2018, he received a Distinguished Screenwriter Award from the Austin Film Festival.
Gilroy's directorial debut was in 2007, when he directed the film Michael Clayton, which his brother John Gilroy edited. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. In addition to its Edgar Award, the film won one Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton). The film was a box office success, grossing over $92 million worldwide.
He also wrote and directed his next film, Duplicity, released March 20, 2009, and starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Tom Wilkinson. He then took over as director of the next entry in the Bourne series as well as co-writing; the film, The Bourne Legacy, was released August 10, 2012, starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, and Albert Finney.
In 2016, Gilroy co-wrote the script to the sci-fi war film Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a prequel to the 1977 classic Star Wars. Gilroy shared writing duties with fellow filmmaker Chris Weitz.
In October 2019, Gilroy returned to the Star Wars franchise to serve as the showrunner for the Disney+ political spy drama Andor, taking over from Stephen Schiff. Gilroy wrote five of the twelve episodes in the series' first season and was also originally set to direct multiple episodes. However, Toby Haynes took over as the director of these episodes due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. After multiple delays, Andor premiered on September 21, 2022, and received widespread critical acclaim.
|1992||The Cutting Edge||No||Yes||No|
|1997||The Devil's Advocate||No||Yes||No||with Jonathan Lemkin|
|1998||Armageddon||No||Adaptation||No||with Jonathan Hensleigh, J. J. Abrams and Shane Salerno|
|2000||Bait||No||Yes||Executive||with Andrew Scheinman and Adam Scheinman|
|Proof of Life||No||Yes||Executive|
|2002||The Bourne Identity||No||Yes||No||with William Blake Herron|
|2004||The Bourne Supremacy||No||Yes||No|
|2007||The Bourne Ultimatum||No||Yes||No||with Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi|
|Michael Clayton||Yes||Yes||No||Directorial debut|
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Feature Film
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
Uncredited voice cameo as "Taxi Driver"
|State of Play||No||Yes||No||with Matthew Carnahan and Billy Ray|
|2012||The Bourne Legacy||Yes||Yes||No||with Dan Gilroy|
|2016||Rogue One||No||Yes||No||with Chris Weitz;|
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Film Screenplay
Uncredited director of reshoots
Uncredited voice cameo as "Rebel Flight Controller"
|The Great Wall||No||Yes||No||with Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro|
Uncredited writing works
|1998||Enemy of the State||with David Marconi, Aaron Sorkin, and Henry Bean|
|2021||The Woman in the Window||Uncredited rewrites for reshoots; screenplay by Tracy Letts|
|1993||For Better and for Worse||Yes||No||Television film|
|2015–16||House of Cards||No||Consulting||26 episodes|
|2018||Hammerhead: The Superior Project||No||Executive||Television film|
|2022–present||Andor||Yes||Executive||Series for Disney+|
Creator and executive producer (12 episodes)
Writer (5 episodes)