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Alexander Payne

Facts About Alexander Payne

Celebrated Name Alexander Payne
Age 62 Years Old
Nick Name Alexander Payne
Birth Name Constantine Alexander Payne
Birth Date 1961-02-10
Gender Male
Profession Film Director , Screen Writer , Film Producer
Nationality American
Place Of Birth Ohama, Nebraska
Birth Nation USA
Ethnicity American-White
Race White
Famous For Being a film director, screenwriter, and producer
Best Known For For writing his films including Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011), Nebraska (2013), and Downsizing (2017)
Father George Payne
Mother Peggy
Siblings 2
Brothers 2
Grand Parents Nicholas "Nick" Payne (grandfather) and Clara Payne (née Hoffman) (grandmother)
School Brownell-Talbot School, Dundee Elementary School, and Lewis and Clark Junior High
High School Creighton Prep
University Stanford University, Spain's University of Salamanca
Horoscope Aquarius
Religion Christian
Awards Academy Award
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married
Wife Maria Kontos (Present), Sandra Oh (Divorce)
Children 1
Net Worth $25 Million
Salary In Millions
Source of Wealth Film Industry
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 74 Kg
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Eye Color Hazel

An Award-winning American screenwriter, director, and producer who is famous for the films Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011), Nebraska (2013), and Downsizing (2017) is named for Alexander Payne. In the year 2006, he made his theatrical debut in a cameo role as Oscar Wilde in the romantic comedy-drama film Paris, "je t'aime". He made his first TV show appearance on the talk show "Turn Ben Stein On" in 1999. At the age of 35, he directed his first feature-length film. Most of his full-length feature films have helped his male leads in achieving an Academy Award nomination-Jack Nicholson for About Schmidt (2002), Thomas Haden Church for Sideways (2004); George Clooney for The Descendants (2011), and Bruce Dern for Nebraska (2013). He has worked with Laura Dern's parents on separate occasions-her mother Diane Ladd in Citizen Ruth (1996), and father Bruce Dern in Nebraska (2013). In the year 2013, he acted as the President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. In 2017, Metacritic ranked him 2nd on its list of the 25 best film directors of the 21st century. In 2018, he undertook the role of President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival. He is one of the Board of Directors of a non-profit film theater, Film Streams in Omaha, Nebraska. He once co-owned a Chinese restaurant in Omaha called King Fong with friend Ann Beeder. 

Rose McGowan accuses director Alexander Payne of sexually grooming her

Rose McGowan Makes Accusations Of Sexual Misconduct on Alexander Payne

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Rose McGowan has accused The Descendants and Sideways director Alexander Payne of predatory behavior. The actress shared her alleged experience with Payne in a chain of tweets Sunday and Monday, recounting spending time with the two-time Oscar winner when she was 15 years old. "You sat me down & played a soft-core porn movie you directed for Showtime under a different name," she wrote. "I still remember your apartment in Silverlake." McGowan, who was one of the first women to openly speak about Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior that eventually led to his eventual trial and conviction on sexual assault charges, said Payne left her on a street corner after their time together. She followed it up with another tweet with a photo of herself: "I just want an acknowledgment and an apology. I do not want to destroy. This was me at 15." "Last night, I dropped a bomb of truth. For years I had thought a man I had sexual relations with was a sexual experience I had. I now know I was groomed. I auditioned for him at 15. After my experience with him, I quit acting entirely until I was 'discovered' at 21," wrote the actress, who is best known for her role as Paige Matthews in supernatural television series Charmed (1998 to 2006). 

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Famous for

  • Being a film director, screenwriter, and producer.
  • His films are noted for their dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society.
  • For writing his films including Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011), Nebraska (2013), and Downsizing (2017).

What is the Birthplace of Alexander Payne?

On 10th February 1961, Alexander Payne was born with the birth name/real name of  Constantine Alexander Payne. His birthplace/hometown is in Ohama, Nebraska, the USA. He is American by nationality and his ethnicity is American-White. His race is White. As of 2020, he celebrated his 59th birthday. He was born to his parents; Peggy (mother) and George Payne (father), restaurant owners. He is the youngest of three sons and grew up in the Dundee neighborhood. He has two older siblings. His father is of Greek and German descent, and his mother is of Greek ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Nicholas "Nick" Payne, anglicized the last name from Papadopoulos. His grandfather was a founder of The Virginia Cafe, with Payne's father taking over the restaurant. His paternal grandmother, Clara Payne (née Hoffman), was from a German Nebraska family from Lincoln, Nebraska. At the age of 5, he fell in love with films, and by the age of 25, he was certain of becoming a filmmaker. As per his education, he attended Brownell-Talbot School, Dundee Elementary School, and Lewis and Clark Junior High. He graduated from Creighton Prep for high school in 1979. He wrote a humor column for his high school newspaper and was the editor of the high school yearbook at Prep. After that, he attended Stanford University, where he majored in Latin-American literature and history. He also studied at the Spain's University of Salamanca. He then received his MFA in 1990 from the UCLA Film School. His Zodiac sign is Aquarius and he is Christian by religion. 

How was the Career of Alexander Payne?

  • Alexander received a Super 8mm projector when he was only 14 from his father who received from Kraft Foods as a loyalty reward. 
  • After his successful thesis film, "The Passion of Martin", he attracted industry attention and received a writing/directing deal with Universal Pictures.
  • After then, he started working in various capacities on films and television before he co-wrote and directed his full-length debut film, "Citizen Ruth" (1996). 
  • His second film "Election" takes aim at politics and education in America, attracted attention when New Yorker film critic David Denby named it the best film of 1999.
  • His next screenplay was "About Schmidt" in 2003.
  • His best-adapted screenplay was "Sideways" which was released in 2005.  
  • He also returned to directing in the year 2011 with the film "The Descendants" and also he co-wrote the screenplay, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • His other film "Nebraska" was released on 15th November 2013. 
  • In 2017, he directed the film "Downsizing", which Payne has described as "a large canvas, science-fiction social satire" and "An epic masterpiece." Paramount Pictures released the film on 22nd December 2017  which received mixed reviews, with many critics describing it as the weakest film of Payne's career.
  • Additionally, he also produced the short film "Run Fast" in 2014. 
  • In the year 2000, he did an uncredited polish-up of the screenplay for the comedy hit "Meet the Parents". 
  • In the year 2001, he wrote a draft of "Jurassic Park III".
  • He also served as an executive producer on the films "King of California" and "The Savages". 
  • He began to team with writing partner Jim Taylor to write a draft of the screenplay for the film "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry". 
  • He was also the executive producer of the acclaimed 2014 film "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" directed by David Zellner.

Alexander Payne with Awards


  • In February 2016, it was announced that he was to direct a film titled "My Saga", which is based on a pair of articles written by Karl Ove Knausgard and published by The New York Times Magazine. Later, the production was canceled in October 2019, a week before filming was to begin due to Knausgard objecting to his life story being turned into a feature film. 
  • He was in talks to direct a legal drama film for Amazon Studios titled "The Burial" in March 2018. 
  • It was also reported in February 2019 that he was attached to direct a comedy horror film titled "The Menu" for Gary Sanchez Productions. In May 2020, it was officially announced that Payne was no longer involved with The Menu and that Mark Mylod would assume directing duties.
  • It was announced that Payne is attached to direct an American remake of the 1987 Oscar-winning Danish film "Babette's Feast" as of December 2019. 
  • Beside this, 
  • He is on the shortlist of directors who have final cut rights for their films.
  • In 2005, he became a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Directors Branch).
  • He is on the Board of Directors of an Omaha non-profit film theater, Film Streams.
  • He was co-owner (along with friend Ann Beeder) of King Fong (now permanently closed), a Chinese restaurant in Omaha. 
  • He is a long-time supporter of the Nebraska Coast Connection, a social networking organization that meets monthly in Culver City, CA. 

Alexander Payne's Books

  • Payne, Alexander, and James Zemaitis. The Coffee Table Coffee Table Book. London: Black Dog Pub, 2003.
  • Payne, Alexander, and Jim Taylor. The Sideways Guide to Wine and Life. New York: Newmarket, 2005. Illustrated by Rex Pickett. 

Awards and Achievements of Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Election. He received a Golden Globe in 2002 for his screenplay for About Schmidt, which was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. For his screenplay "Sideways", he won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2005 while the film also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. In total, Sideways received five Academy Award nominations. He was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. His 2013 film Nebraska was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In the year 2014, The Location Managers Guild of America honored Alexander with their inaugural Eva Monley Award for his masterful use of location as another character.

Who is Alexander Payne married to?

Alexander Payne with his ex-wife Sandra Oh


Alexander Payne was a married man. He was married to his beautiful wife, Sandra Oh. By profession, Sandra Oh is a famous Canadian actress. The duo dated for around three years and after known each other well, they got married on 1st January 2003. After two years of their married, the married couple divorced on 12th March 2005, and a publicist announced their separation. The divorce was officially finalized on 22nd December 2006, although the former couple took more than two years to settle their finances. After divorce, he married Maria Kontos in the year 2015. Maria Kontos is a Greek philologist. The duo met each other while visiting the Aigio region of Greece where some of his ancestors originated. At the age of fifty-six, he became a father in the year 2017. At present, the duo is enjoying life a lot without any disturbances. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay. 

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Alexander Payne with his wife, Maria Kontos

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Recently, Alexander was accused by actress Rose McGowan of sexual misconduct as of August 2020. She recounted how when she was 15, around 1988, Payne showed her a soft-core porn movie (which he had directed for Showtime under an alias) in his Los Angeles apartment, had sex with her, and then left her on a street corner. She stated that with this revelation, she was only seeking acknowledgment and an apology. Payne was approximately 27 years old at the time of the incident.

How much is Alexander Payne's Net Worth?

Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer who has a net worth of $25 million as of 2020. His major source of earning is from the film industry. He has directed and screenplay many films until now. He is one of the successful film directors in the world. In 2017, Metacritic ranked Payne 2nd on its list of the 25 best film directors of the 21st century. There is no doubt in the mind of his followers that he is making a considerable amount of salary from his career. He is living a lavish lifestyle from his earnings. He is satisfied with his earnings. 

How tall is Alexander Payne?

At the age of 59, Alexander Payne still looks handsome with clear white skin. His body build is athletic. He has got a tall height of 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm. His balanced bodyweight consist of 74 Kg or 163 lbs. His hair color is Salt and Pepper and his eye color is Hazel. He has a sharp-pointed nose with a slender figure. 

Trivias About Alexander Payne You Need To Know.

  • In the year 2006, he made his theatrical debut in a cameo role as Oscar Wilde in the romantic comedy-drama film Paris, "je t'aime".
  • At the age of 35, he directed his first feature-length film.
  • In 2017, Metacritic ranked him 2nd on its list of the 25 best film directors of the 21st century.
  • He once co-owned a Chinese restaurant in Omaha called King Fong with friend Ann Beeder.