Fisher Stevens has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years. His versatility in the industry is evident from his wide range of credits, from acting to producing to directing, and from film to television to theater to working with the United Nations.
Stevens began his acting career in New York, appearing in over 40 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. His first big break came in appearing in the Tony award-winning production of Torch Song Trilogy playing David, the adopted son opposite Harvey Fierstein. He then replaced Matthew Broderick in Brighton Beach Memoirs, which he performed for over a year. Other credits include the Lincoln Center National Theater production of Carousel directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner, Terrence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh at the Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
He parlayed his stage success into film and was seen in such films as The Flamingo Kid, Short Circuit 1 & 2, Reversal of Fortune, Only You, The Marrying Man, Undisputed, Hackers, Super Mario Brothers, Awake, Factotem, The Experiment, Henry’s Crime, and the upcoming Wes Anderson film Grand Budapest Hotel.
On television Stevens was a series regular on Fox’s Key West and CBS’ Early Edition. He had recurring roles on Lost and Damages with Glenn Close as well as guest-starred on numerous episodes of Law & Order, Californication, Ugly Betty, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia among others.
In 1986 Stevens co-founded the downtown NY theater company Naked Angels, which just celebrated its 25th year, where he produced, directed and acted in many productions. Members include Marisa Tomei, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Gina Gershon, and Ron Rifkin. Noted writers include Jon Robin Baitz and Kenneth Lonergan. And in 1996 he co-founded GreeneStreet Films, where he had his film directorial debut with Just A Kiss starring Marisa Tomei, Kyra Sedgwick, and Taye Diggs. Stevens produced over 15 films while involved with GreeneStreet, including the Academy Award-nominated In The Bedroom, A Prairie Home Companion, Piñero, Swimfan, Uptown Girls and the acclaimed documentary Once In A Lifetime.
After Once in a Lifetime he became very interested in documentary filmmaking. He then produced and co-directed the 2008 Independent Spirit Award-winning documentary Crazy Love. He then went on to produce 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, about the dolphin slaughters taking place in Taiji, Japan.
Even before The Cove, Stevens has always been interested in utilizing the entertainment medium for social activism. Some of the unique work that has been generated by this passion includes directing Working the Darkside – a multi-media presentation at the Times Center featuring Rachel Maddow which opened a dialogue on torture and war crimes and Blueprint for Accountability. He also directed a U.N. Day Concert: A Tribute to Peacekeeping, a celebration of peacekeepers in the General Assembly at the United Nations, featuring such acclaimed performers as Harry Belafonte. For this concert, Stevens directed the powerful film The War Against War, which takes an in-depth look at the United Nations peacekeeping missions around the globe. After filming with the peacekeeping unit in Port Au Prince in October, 2009, the UN called on Fisher to return to Haiti and film the aftermath of the January, 2010 earthquake.
Stevens made his Broadway directorial debut with John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown at the Lyceum Theatre which also premiered on HBO. He recently directed the feature film Stand Up Guys for Lionsgate, starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin as well as music videos for Jon Bon Jovi’s latest album What About Now.
Stevens currently resides in Brooklyn, NY when he is in town, which is rare.