Jim Kouf

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Writer • Director • Producer

Birth Date: July 24, 1951

Age: 72 years old

Birth Place: Hollywood, California

Writer/producer Jim Kouf is best known for his action-packed, star-studded features. He broke into film in 1981 as a co-writer on the forgotten indie comedy "Utilities." The next year, he expanded to producing with the wacky neighbor comedy "Pink Motel." His breakthrough came in 1987 with the buddy cop action-comedy "Stakeout," which teamed the curmudgeonly Richard Dreyfuss with a mustachioed Emilio Estevez. The movie was a hit, leading to "Another Stakeout," a sequel that added upcoming comedienne Rosie O'Donnell to the mix. Balancing his writing wit with his producing prowess, Kouf churned out the screenplay for the Disney comedy-adventure "Operation Dumbo Drop" while executive producing "Con Air," the high-flying Nicolas Cage action flick. It wasn't long before Kouf's action-scripting abilities became his trademark. He penned the culture clash comedy smash "Rush Hour," which co-starred martial arts master Jackie Chan and motor-mouth Chris Tucker, as well as another Cage vehicle, the globetrotting adventure "National Treasure." Since 2000, his producing career has shifted into television, where he served as a consulting producer on the vampire saga "Angel" and the paranormal-themed drama "Ghost Whisperer." Kouf has also contributed several scripts to each series. In 2010, Kouf tried his hand at writing and directing, with the independent crime comedy "A Fork in the Road."

Credits

Thine Ears Shall Bleed

Producer
Movie
2023

Money MonsterStream

Screenwriter
Movie
2016
59%

Zsarulesen 2

Writer
Show
2012

GrimmStream

Executive Producer
Series
2011
89%

A Fork in the Road

Director
Movie
2010

A Fork in the Road

Screenwriter
Movie
2010

Ghost WhispererStream

Writer
Series
2005

TaxiStream

Screenwriter
Movie
2004
9%

The Handler

Writer
Show
2003

Snow Dogs

Screenwriter
Movie
2002

AngelStream

Writer
Series
1999

Rush HourStream

Writer
Movie
1998
62%

Con AirStream

Executive Producer
Movie
1997
58%

Gang Related

Director
Movie
1997

Gang Related

Writer
Movie
1997

Operation Dumbo Drop

Screenwriter
Movie
1995

Indian Summer

Producer
Movie
1993

Another Stakeout

Producer
Movie
1993

KaliforniaStream

Executive Producer
Movie
1993
58%

White FangStream

Executive Producer
Movie
1991
67%

Disorganized Crime

Director
Movie
1989

Stakeout

Screenwriter
Movie
1987

The Hidden

Writer
Movie
1987

Tout va trop bien

Director
Movie
1986

Miracles

Director
Movie
1986

Secret Admirer

Producer
Movie
1985

Secret Admirer

Screenwriter
Movie
1985

Shaker Run

Screenwriter
Movie
1985

ClassStream

Screenwriter
Movie
1983
29%

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