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Mort Nathan

Associate Professor
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Office Location: Marion Knott Studios 273B
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Science
New York University, Master of Fine Arts


Mort Nathan began his career as a writer on the hit TV show Benson.  He soon went on to become the Executive Producer and head writer of the Golden Girls, where he won two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for his work on the series. Nathan has produced over a hundred hours of prime time television and has created such television shows as The Fanelli Boys, The Louie Anderson Show, Pacific Station, Platypus Man, and The Secret Diaries of Desmond Pfeiffer. Nathan is the author of the Farrelly Brothers cult classic Kingpin, and has worked as a “script doctor” on many major Hollywood films, including Analyze This and My Favorite Martian.  He made his directorial debut with Boat Trip, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., which Nathan also co-wrote.   He then went on to direct Van Wilder II, a sequel to the Ryan Reynolds cult classic, followed by the Farrelly Brother’s produced Bag Boy, in association with The National Lampoon,  Big Time Rush, the internationally successful band’s series for the Nickelodeon Network, as well as comedy webisodes and commercials for variety of corporations.  Nathan is currently developing comedy series for several cable outlets.