The Info List - Charles Randolph

Charles Randolph is an American screenwriter and producer for film and television. Randolph was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a cultural studies[1] and philosophy professor.[2] At age 33, Randolph spent a weekend in Los Angeles giving lectures at the University of Southern California. From a chance meeting with someone who worked for the Farrelly brothers, Randolph was inspired to attempt screenwriting.[1]

Randolph is married to Israeli actress Mili Avital, with whom he has two children.


Randolph has written screenplays for several films and TV movies including The Life of David Gale (2003), The Interpreter (2005), Love & Other Drugs (2010) and The Big Short (2015).

In 2016 Randolph received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Empire Award for Best Screenplay, and the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Big Short with Adam McKay. He didn't win but was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay.[3]

Randolph invested more time than usual when it came to adapting The Big Short. It took approximately six months, three months to write it all down and three months to reduce the complexity. Additional time was taken to do more research and come up with ways to not confuse the audience with complex information. Overall, Randolph believed in his work and the success of the movie. His goal was to provide a lesson to the younger generations, those who didn't lose everything in the 2008 financial crisis, that fairness doesn't matter.[4]


Year Film Role(s)
2001 Untitled Charles Randolph Project (television film) writer and executive producer
2003 The Life of David Gale writer
2005 The Interpreter writer
2009 Tenderness producer
2010 Love & Other Drugs writer and producer
2010 The Wonderful Maladys (television pilot) writer and executive producer
2013 The Missionary (television pilot) writer and executive producer
2015 The Big Short co-writer
2016 Exposed (television film) writer and executive producer


  1. ^ a b Gavin, Rachael (18 January 2012). "Love and Other Drugs screenwriter Charles Randolph on big screen opportunities". if.com.au. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Charles Randolph –Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Charles Randolph". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  4. ^ Hogan, Brianne (January 20, 2016). "Banking on The Big Short". Creative Screenwriting. 

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