Date of Birth: September 8, 1963
A native Californian, Brad Silberling graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in English in 1984, and went on to earn a Masters in Fine Art from the film program at UCLA in 1987. At UCLA, under the tutelage of veteran director Martin Ritt, he wrote and directed his thesis short, Repairs, on the strength of which he was awarded a contract with Universal Studios to direct and write movies and television.
He first worked on television series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, LA Law, Doogie Howser, MD and Top of the Hill. In 1989 he experienced a tragedy when actress Rebecca Schaeffer, whom he was dating, was murdered in her driveway by an obsessed fan. Two years later, he appeared on a television biography called Rebecca Schaeffer: The E! True Hollwood Story, to talk about his memories of her.
Over the next few years he worked on several more series, including Cop Rock, The Byrds of Paradise and NYPD Blue. It was while working on the latter in 1993 that he met actress Amy Brenneman, and the two were married in 1995.
His work on the series Brooklyn Bridge caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, who enlisted him to direct the feature, Casper (1995), which went on to gross over $300 million worldwide. Silberling then directed the critically-acclaimed box office hit City of Angels (1998), starring Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage.
He returned to television to direct for the series Felicity in 1999, as well as two episodes of the new series Judging Amy, created by and starring his wife. Silberling's commercial work includes spots for Coca-Cola and Pepsi, and his feature and television production company, Reveal Entertainment, makes its feature debut with his latest film, Moonlight Mile (2002).
Silberling is an active member of the Directors Guild of America, where he sits on the Western Directors Council, New Technologies Committee, Creative Rights Committee, and the Task Force on Violence and Social Responsibility. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their daughter Charlotte.
Filmography:The Lost Boys of the Sudan (2011)