Christopher John Weitz, widely known as Chris Weitz (born November 30, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer popular for his work with his brother Paul on the comedy films American Pie and About a Boy.

Chris and his brother’s work on About a Boy led to them earning a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Chris was born on November 30, 1969 in New York City, to parents Susan Kohner and John Weitz.

Meet his parents:

  • Susan Kohner

Chris’ mother is a retired American actress best known for playing Sarah Jane in Imitation of Life (1959), for which she was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe award.

The film was a remake of a 1934 version of a book of the same name and after ts release became a box office hit.

She was born on November 11, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, to Lupita Tovar, a Mexican-born actress who had a career in Hollywood, and Paul Kohner, a film producer who was born in Bohemia, Austria-Hungary.

  • John Weitz

Chris’ dad was an American menswear designer who initiated licensing products and selling affordable but stylish clothing that featured his image in the advertising.

Sadly, he passed away twenty years ago. He was born on May 25, 1923 and died on October 3, 2002 at age 79.

A journalst of a sort, John Weitz also wrote fiction and historical non-fiction, centered on Nazi-era Germany.

He also wrote frequent magazine articles on a variety of subjects, including his hobby as a race car driver – he raced at Sebring International Raceway from 1955 to 1957, as well as the Bahamas Grand Prix Circuit.

In addition to his race car driving hobby, Weitz enjoyed boating, and was a member of yacht clubs in Palm Beach, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, as well as part of the US Naval Academy Sailing Squadron.

He was married three times.

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