David Dobkin (director)

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David Dobkin
Born (1969-06-23) June 23, 1969 (age 49)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Film director
Nationality American
Education Walt Whitman High School
Alma mater New York University
Genre Comedy
Notable works Clay Pigeons
Shanghai Knights
Wedding Crashers
The Judge
Spouse Megan Wolpert

David Dobkin (born June 23, 1969)[1] is an American film director, producer and former screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Clay Pigeons, Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, and The Judge.

Early life[edit]

Dobkin was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in Film & Television in 1991.[1]


Dobkin helmed his first feature film, Clay Pigeons, for Scott Free, the first film produced at Ridley and Tony Scott's production company that they did not direct. The black comedy about a series of small-town murders starred Vince Vaughn, Joaquin Phoenix and Janeane Garofalo, and was distributed by Gramercy Pictures. Dobkin followed the film by directing the hit comedy Shanghai Knights starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson.[2]

Dobkin has directed commercials for clients such as ESPN, Heineken (which earned him honors from SHOOT magazine), Carl's Jr., Coke, Honda, Coors Light and Sony PlayStation (which won a Bronze Lion at Cannes). His spots for the Utah Symphony were named "Spot of the Month" by Adweek Magazine and featured as the year's best in Communication Arts Magazine.[3] Dobkin's music video credits include George Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," Elton John's "You Can Make History", Coolio's "1, 2, 3, 4" (MTV best dance video award) and Maroon 5's "Sugar", "Don't Wanna Know" and "Girls Like You", to name a few.

Quickly attracting the attention of several music labels, Dobkin made his music video debut with two video clips from rapper Tupac Shakur, both of which turned Platinum. Fifteen more videos followed in quick succession for such diverse music groups as Extreme, Robin Zander, Sonic Youth, dada, Blues Traveler, and others.[4]

Dobkin produced the film adaption of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D.[5] and helmed the comedy film The Change-Up starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.[6] He directed 2014's The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.[7] He also served as producer of the film through Big Kid Pictures, his production company.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Dobkin married Megan Wolpert, a former film and television executive and daughter of screenwriter/producer Jay Wolpert.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 52nd Street Serenade Director
1995 Love Street Director TV episode "Freudian Slip"
Ice Cream Man Screenwriter
1998 Clay Pigeons Director
2003 Shanghai Knights Director
2005 Wedding Crashers Director
2007 Mr. Woodcock Producer
Fred Claus Director, Producer
2011 The Change-Up Director, Producer
2012 Last Call Executive Producer
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Producer, Story
R.I.P.D. Executive Producer, Story
2014 The Judge Director, Producer, Story
2015 Vacation Producer
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Executive Producer
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Story, Executive Producer


  1. ^ a b "David Dobkin". AllMovie.com / Rovi via The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Images – Clay Pigeons
  3. ^ David Dobkin bio – Tribute.ca
  4. ^ It's more than talk with David Dobkin – Los Angeles Times – Page 2
  5. ^ "Ryan Reynolds Playing the Undead in 'R.I.P.D.' Adaptation".
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Ryan Reynolds to Star in R.I.P.D. (REST IN PEACE DEPARTMENT) Plus an Update on THE CHANGE-UP". Collider.
  7. ^ "Robert Downey Jr. in Shelburne Falls for 'The Judge' filming". Boston.com. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "David Dobkin". Variety. Retrieved February 16, 2015.

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