Charles Shyer Los Angeles (California), 11 October 1941) is a film director, screenwriter and film producer American.


Shyer grew up in the film industry where his father, Melville Shyer, worked with D. W. Griffith and was one of the founders of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). After attending the University of California, Los Angeles, was accepted at the DGA, apprentice program that led him to work as Assistant Director.

However, Shyer felt concern by writing scripts and went to work as Assistant Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson, producers of The Odd Couple TV series. Shyer became the main writer series.

After The Odd Couple, Shyer began work on feature films, getting her first credit as writings on the success of 1977 Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds. The following year, he co-wrote Goin’ South (starring and directed by Jack Nicholson) and received his first nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for best screenplay for the success of 1978 House Calls starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson.

In 1979, Shyer working along with Nancy Meyers to write and produce Private Benjamin. Contrary to the belief that time, that if a woman was a movie without a male co-star was a flop at the box office, the film, which tells the story of a young woman who joins United States Army, was a great success and raised more than $100 million worldwide. The screenplay for Private Benjamin earned Meyers and Shyer a Writers Guild of America Award for best original screenplay, and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. The two protagonists of the film, Goldie Hawn, and Eileen Brennan, were nominated for Academy Awards. The film was also nominated for multiple categories Golden Globe Awards, including Best picture and Best actress.

The following draft Shyer, irreconcilable differences, marked his debut as director. In the film Ryan O’Neal and Shelley Long interpret a pair of Hollywood whose obsession with success destroys his relationship with his daughter, starring Drew Barrymore which at that time had eight years of age. Critics praised balance treatment of characters and sensitive 1930s comedy style update. Irreconcilable differences received several nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, including best actress for Shelly Long and Drew Barrymore.

In 1987, Shyer wrote and directed Baby Boom, which, as well as Private Benjamin, shows the role of women in a changing world and influence by feminism in a romantic comedy. In the film, Diane Keaton plays a high Executive who becomes pregnant unexpectedly J.C. Wiatt. Similar to Hildy Johnson (played by Rosalind Russell) in His Girl Friday, Wiatt character became a contemporary concept of working women. The film was nominated for Golden Globe Awards in the categories of best film – musical or Comedio and best actress – musical or comedy (Diane Keaton).

In 1991, Meyers and Shyer, working with earlier material for the first time made a remake of the classic 1950 of Vincente Minnelli father of the bride. Without drastically changing the emotional core, they updated the vision of the film about marriage. Steve Martin received positive reviews for his portrayal of a father who “lost” her daughter and her bank account at the same time. Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams and Martin Short were also well received by their performances and the film became a worldwide success.

Meyers Shyer wrote, produced and directed the father of the bride 2, a sequel to the success of 1991 with the return of all the main actors. The film was the attraction main Touchstone Pictures for the season holiday in 1995, opened with the number one position in the lockers and came to raise more than $100 million worldwide.

In 1997, Shyer co-wrote and produced a remake of the 1961 The Parent Trap. The film was titled twins game and was directed by Nancy Meyers. Acclaimed for its humorosa adaptation of the classic Disney, the film became a worldwide success instantly.

Shyer directed a dramatic movie, The Affair of the Necklace, starring Hilary Swank, Adrien Brody and Simon Baker. With a cinematography and luxurious and themed costumes in the Czech Republic and France, the film received positive reviews and a nomination for the Academy Award for best costume design award Milena Canonero.

In 2004, Shyer wrote, directed and produced a new version of the classic 1960s Alfie. The film starring Jude Law, Susan Sarandon and Sienna Miller in her first major role.

The following draft Shyer is management and executive production of Eloise in Paris for HandMade Films, a film based on the children’s classic books in the early 1950s. Also plans to write the script along with her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer and Larry Spencer. Filming was carried out in London, Paris and New York. Shyer is also working on Sweet Little Fifteen for Fox Searchlight, which will direct and coescribirá along with Spencer.

Shyer resides in Los Angeles. He married Nancy Meyers in 1980, but separated in 1999. They have two daughters, Annie Meyers-Shyer and Hallie Meyers-Shyer, those who have had minor roles in his films. Shyer married Deborah Lynn in 2004, with whom he has two children.


* Alfie (2004)

* The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

* Twins game (1998)

* The father of the bride 2 (1995)

* I Love Trouble (1994)

* Once Upon a Crime (1992)

* The father of the bride (1991)

* Baby Boom (1987)

* Protocol (1984)

* Irreconcilable differences (1984)

* Private Benjamin (1980)

* Goin’ South (1978)

* House Calls (1978)

* Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Work for television

* Him and Us movie (2006)

* Baby Boom (series, author of 3 episodes, 1988)

* Private Benjamin 1981 (series)

* The Odd Couple(series, an episode in 1975 director and writer of another episode in 1971)

* Happy Days 1974 (series)

* Lady Luck 1973 (movie)

* Cops 1973 (movie)

* The Partridge Family episode writer in 1971 (series)

* Getting Together (serial, writer, 1971)

* Love, American Style (serial, producer, 1969)

* The Mothers-In-Law (serial, Assistant producer, 1967)