Nicholas Meyer was born in 1945 in New York City. The first film he saw was "The Beggar's Opera," starring Laurence Olivier, and he became a lifelong film buff. At the age of 13, his preparation for filmmaking began with the help of his father, New York psychoanalyst and writer Bernard C. Meyer, when he made his first film -- an ambitious 70 minute 8mm production of "Around the World in 80 Days."
Meyer prepared for his own professional film-making career as a theatre and film major at the University of Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1964. He spent the summer after graduation in Europe and returned to New York in the fall, where he became an associate publicist at Paramount Pictures.
In the fall of 1969, Meyer became Unit Publicist on the Paramount film "Love Story," which spawned his first book, The Love Story Story. The advance allowed him to move to Hollywood in the summer of 1971 and pursue the writing of screenplays and novels. In 1974 his novel Target Practice was published, his teleplay "Judge Dee" was turned into a movie for television by ABC, and he made the best seller lists with his second novel, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, wherein Sherlock Holmes meets Sigmund Freud.
His next screenplay, "The Night that Panicked America," was aired by ABC in 1975. Later that year he wrote the screenplay for The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. The picture was directed by Herbert Ross and Meyer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay Adaptation.
He returned to novel writing, and the best seller lists, with The West End Horror, his second Sherlock Holmes book. He then collaborated with Barry Jay Kaplan on a novel entitled Black Orchid. Then he returned to film-making by writing and directing "Time After Time," a mystery adventure about H.G. Wells as he pursues Jack the Ripper from Victorian England to modern day San Francisco via Wells' Time Machine.
In 1981 he published his autobiographical novel Confessions of a Homing Pigeon, then directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, released in 1982.
Next he directed "The Day After" for ABC television. The highly publicized two-hour movie on the impact of nuclear war was the most watched television film in history. It received unprecedented international attention and was nominated for seventeen Emmys by the television academy.
In 1985, Meyer directed Tom Hanks and John Candy in Volunteers. He then co-authored the screenplay of Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home.
He spent much of 1987 in India, where he directed The Deceivers, from the novel of the same name by John Masters for Merchant/Ivory productions, and most of 1990 in Europe, where he directed Company Business, starring Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryishnikov from his own screenplay.
In 1991 he received a British Writer's Guild nomination for his radio adaptation of the novel Don Quixote, the radio play in turn based on his screenplay from Don Quixote.
Also in 1991 he co-wrote and directed Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country for Paramount, which received two Academy Award nominations.
He was the principal screenwriter of the critically acclaimed film, SOMMERSBY.
In March of 1993 he directed his own play about Leo Tolstoy, Loco Motives, for its world premiere in Los Angeles. Meyer is the co-writer of the feature Voices From a Locked Room and recently adapted Homer's Odyssey for NBC.
Meyer has written The High Ground, a screenplay for Castle Rock and Tom Cruise. He is scheduled to direct Frequency, an original Sci-Fi screenplay for New Line.
He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Stephanie and three daughters, Rachel, Madeline and Roxanne.
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