LaGravenese was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a taxi driver. He is of Italian descent. He graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1980 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting.
In New York City during the early 1980s, billed as "The Double R" comedy duo, in collaboration with playwright Richard O’Donnell, LaGravenese co-penned and consecutively performed in several Off-Off-Broadway productions including Spare Parts, Blood-brothers" at The 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Lion Theatre, and West Bank Cafe.
|1989||Rude Awakening||Yes||Directed by David Greenwalt and Aaron Russo|
|1991||The Fisher King||Yes||Directed by Terry Gilliam|
|1994||The Ref||Yes||Directed by Ted Demme|
|1995||A Little Princess||Yes||Directed by Alfonso Cuaron|
|The Bridges of Madison County||Yes||Directed by Clint Eastwood|
|Unstrung Heroes||Yes||Directed by Diane Keaton|
|1996||The Mirror Has Two Faces||Yes||Directed by Barbra Streisand|
|1998||The Horse Whisperer||Yes||Directed by Robert Redford|
|Living Out Loud||Yes||Yes|
|Beloved||Yes||Directed by Jonathan Demme|
|2006||Paris, Je T'aime segment Pigalle||Yes|
|P.S. I Love You||Yes||Yes|
|2010||Conviction||Yes||Directed by Tony Goldwyn|
|2011||Water for Elephants||Yes||Directed by Francis Lawrence|
|Behind the Candelabra||Yes||Directed by Steven Soderbergh|
|2014||The Last Five Years||Yes||Yes|
|Unbroken||Yes||Co-written with the Coen Brothers and William Nicholson
Directed by Angelina Jolie
He is the creator of The Divide and wrote all but one episode.
Born October 30, 1959 (some sources say 1960)...
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special ... Richard LaGravenese ’80 (BFA, Acting)