Howard Deutch Biography

Howard Deutch is an American television and film director, known for his collaborations with filmmaker John Hughes on iconic films like ‘Pretty in Pink’ and ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’. With a passion for the entertainment industry instilled in him from a young age, Deutch began his career in the advertising department of United Artists Records, directing music videos for renowned artists such as Billy Joel and Billy Idol. His directorial debut came in 1986 with the critically acclaimed ‘Pretty in Pink’, and he went on to work on successful films like ‘The Great Outdoors’ and ‘Article 99’. Deutch has also made a mark in television, with credits on shows like ‘Tales from the Crypt’, ‘Melrose Place’, and ‘Gleason’. In addition to his successful career, Deutch found love on the set of ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’, marrying actress Lea Thompson after two years of dating. They now reside in Los Angeles with their two daughters.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Howard Roy Deutch
  • Age: 73 Years, 73 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Lea Thompson (m. 1989)
    • Father: Murray Deutch
    • Mother: Pamela Deutch
    • Children: Madelyn Deutch, Zoey Deutch
  • Directors
  • T V & Movie Producers
  • Height: 5’10” (178 cm), 5’10” Males
  • City: New York City
  • U.S. State: New Yorkers
  • More Facts
  • Education: Ohio State University


Howard Deutch began his career in the entertainment industry working in the advertising department of United Artists Records, where his father was the president. He directed movie trailers and music videos for top recording artists such as Billy Idol and Billy Joel. His unique touch quickly earned him respect and he became the director of the company’s advertising department, responsible for all marketing. Deutch then established his own firm, KMD, specializing in movie trailers and campaigns for films like ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘Rocky’, and ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’. In 1986, he made his feature-length directorial debut with the Brat Pack film ‘Pretty in Pink’, written by John Hughes. He went on to direct two more Hughes films, ‘The Great Outdoors’ and ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’.

In 1992, Deutch directed the hard-hitting black comedy ‘Article 99’, his first project without Hughes. He continued to work on big projects, including ‘Getting Even with Dad’ (1994) and ‘Grumpier Old Men’ (1995), which brought him fame. In addition to directing films, Deutch also directed numerous television series, such as ‘Tales from the Crypt’, ‘Melrose Place’, ‘Gleason’, and ‘Caroline in the City’. He was nominated for a ‘DGA Award’ for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for ‘Gleason’ in 2003 and received a ‘CableACE Award’ for an episode of ‘Tales from the Crypt’ titled ‘Dead Right’. His latest project is the TV series ‘Proven Innocent’ (2019).

Family & Personal Life

Howard Deutch was born on September 14, 1950, in New York City, New York, USA. His parents are Pamela (née Wolkowitz) and Murray Deutch, with his father being a music executive and publisher. He was raised in a Jewish family and was inspired by his maternal uncle, actor Robert Walden. Deutch attended George W. Hewlett High School and graduated from The Ohio State University before starting his directorial career.

In 1987, Deutch met actress Lea Thompson during the filming of ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ and they got married on July 23, 1989. The couple currently resides in Los Angeles with their two daughters, Zoey and Madelyn Deutch, who are also involved in the music and entertainment industries. Deutch has directed his daughter Zoey in an episode of the TV series ‘Ringer’ and his wife Lea in four episodes of ‘Caroline in the City’. He also worked with his wife in the film ‘Article 99’. Both Lea’s onscreen performances and Deutch’s work behind the camera have been highly praised, making them a perfect match.

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