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Overview (3)

Born in New Bern, North Carolina, USA
Birth NameKevin Meade Williamson
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

As a child Williamson was a fond fan of movies, epically those or Steven Spielberg. After high school, Williamson went to college for a future in acting. Though he landed very small parts on T.V shows and movies nothing had happened. Williamson moved out to L.A in 1990 in hope it would aid his career but nothing had came up. While in L.A he took up a class at UCLA on screenwriting there he wrote his first script, "Teaching Ms. Tingle" (titled at this time Killing Ms. Tingle). After the movie was complete, Williamson ended up on the streets again looking for work. One night, while house-sitting for a friend, Williamson watched a special on the Gainseville Ripper. This gave birth to what would soon be Scream. After this, he went out to Palm Springs for three days and wrote the script. After the grueling few months of production hell, Scream was released to the public on December 20th, 1996. This spiraled three sequels and a new chapter in horror film history for ever.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Aidanmacv

Trade Mark (2)

Most of his films involve a character named "Casey," such as Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), and The Faculty (1998).
His work consists of teen characters who are movie fanatics and make constant movie references.

Trivia (6)

Since 1999, he is no longer executive producer and writer of Dawson's Creek (1998).
Kevin based the villainous character in Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) on a teacher who screamed at him in front of the class and told him something he wrote was lousy and that he shouldn't be writing.
Favorite movie is Halloween (1978). He's said that the movie is the reason he started writing.
One of the few screenwriters to get credited on film posters.
He originally wanted to be an actor, then found success as a screenwriter.
Grew up in the New Bern, NC area. There is an actual Dawsons Creek in Oriental, NC where Williamson grew up.

Personal Quotes (5)

I'm not a real writer; I'm a screenwriter.
Dawson's Creek has always been very personal and autobiographical; I live and breathe in all the characters...Dawson represents the filmmaker and dreamer, the Spielberg-obsessed idealist who views the world optimistically; Joey represents more of the cynical, angry side as well as my roots and upbringing; Pacey represents the joker in me; and Jen, the rebel. This year we added two new characters to the mix: Andie represents my overachieving, sometimes-manic personality and, in Jack, I wanted to create a character to represent my sexuality, which is my greatest asset in life...
"I always wanted to direct. That's my passion. I was an actor. That went nowhere. I tried directing theatre. Nope. I wrote this movie called 'Killing Mrs. Tingle.' Sold it. It sat on the shelf. My unemployment dried up. I couldn't get work. I had borrowed money from all my friends. I wrote 'Scary Movie' [later retitled: Scream]. Just banged all it out, as fast as I could." - His success story.
I like emotional horror. I don't like horror movies. I hate them. But, if you can make emotional horror movies, I'm in. If I can care and root for the main character, then I'm in. I don't like stupid stories about people I don't know. There is a slew of low-budget horror films out there, where you just don't give a crap. But, once in awhile, something will come along, like "Halloween" in 1978, and there's this one girl, Jamie Lee Curtis, who's that young, sweet girl, in the midst of all of this, and you just root for her and feel for her, all the way through the chase scene. You have to figure out how to do that and care for the characters.
[after Dawson's Creek (1998) was turned down by Fox] "It went away and my life was over. I went and got a dog and named him Dawson. I thought that would be my only memory of this script."

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