Terence Winter Biography

Screenwriter(1960–)
Award-winning writer and producer Terence Winter has worked on such projects as The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Synopsis

Born in 196 in Brooklyn, New York, Terence Winter earned his law degree from St. John's University in 1988. He eventually abandoned the legal field to become a writer for television. In 2000, Winter began working The Sopranos. He earned four Emmy Awards for his work on the series. In 2010, Winter debuted Boardwalk Empire, a new historical crime drama he created. He later penned the script for the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

Early Career

Born on October 2, 1960, in Brooklyn, New York, writer and producer Terence Winter has worked on such stellar television projects as The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, as well as such films as Wolf of Wall Street (2013). He attended New York University where he completed his bachelor's degree in 1984. Four years later, Winter earned his J.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law.

While earning his law degree, Winter worked on Wall Street for a time. "I was there in the Ivan Boesky go-go '80s years," he explained to the Boston Globe. This was a time where there was "a lot of cocaine" and over-the-top behavior. An employee of Merrill Lynch, Winter didn't see much of the wild lifestyle, but he did witness the brokers earning insane amounts of cash.

Winter eventually abandoned his aspirations for financial riches to pursue writing. He started out in television, writing episodes of such 1990s series as The Cosby Mysteries, Xena: Warrior Princess and Diagnosis Murder.

TV and Film Success

Working as a writer and producer, Winter really hit his stride with the contemporary crime drama The Sopranos. The series starred James Gandolfini as a mob boss trying to sort out his own emotional and family problems. For his work on the show, Winter won four Emmy Awards—two as a writer and two as a producer.

Winter took a historical look at organized crime in his next project. As series creator, he developed Boardwalk Empire, a Prohibition era drama set in Atlantic City. Steve Buscemi stars as Nucky Thompson, the sometimes challenged king of the city's underworld. The show debuted in 2010 to largely warm reviews.

Writing for the big screen, Winter revisited his past with The Wolf of Wall Street. The Martin Scorsese film is based on the memoir of the infamous stock fraud figure Jordan Belfort. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Belfort in the movie, which has received several Academy Award nominations. Winter has been nominated for his adapted screenplay.

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