Michael Colleary (M.F.A. ’87) is a film producer and screenwriting educator and has been a professional screenwriter for more than 20 years. His feature film credits include the 1997 film Face/Off, which The New York Times named one of the best 1,000 movies ever made.
In 2007, with fellow alumni Mike Werb and Claire-Dee Lim, Colleary co-wrote and produced the family film Firehouse Dog, which won multiple awards from family advocacy groups. (Firehouse Dog was directed by Todd Holland, co-produced by Michael J. Maschio and starred Bree Turner, all UCLA alumni).
Werb and Colleary’s big screen adaptation of the best-selling video game Tekken was released in 2009.
In 1995 Colleary was invited to return to UCLA as a visiting instructor to teach in the Professional Screenwriting Program and in the Masters Program. In 2002 UCLA honored him with the Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jon and Janice Zakin Chair in Screenwriting. Colleary and his siblings also sponsor the Bridget and Bob Colleary Award for screenwriting excellence, which is presented annually to a deserving UCLA TFT writing student.
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