VINCE GILLIGAN (Screenwriter) grew up in Virginia, born in Richmond and raised in the little town of Farmville. He attended NYU, graduating with a degree in film production. In 1989 at the fledgling Virginia Film Festival, he won a screenwriting award which garnered him the attention of producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, The Chronicles of Narnia). For Johnson, Gilligan wrote Wilder Napalm, starring Debra Winger and Dennis Quaid; and Home Fries, starring Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson. Both are available in finer bargain bins everywhere.
In 1995, Gilligan switched over to television as a staff writer for the hit series "The X-Files." He stayed with the show for seven years, ultimately becoming one of its executive producers and winning two Golden Globes®. He also helped create a spin-off, "The Lone Gunmen." For his fellow "X-Files" producer Frank Spotnitz, he wrote an episode of the short-lived CBS series "Robbery Homicide Division." This brought him to the attention of Hancock producer Michael Mann.
Splitting his writing between the big and small screens, Gilligan's current project is the Sony/AMC television series "Breaking Bad." The critically acclaimed series stars Bryan Cranston ("Malcolm in the Middle") as a straight-arrow chemist who, upon being diagnosed with terminal cancer, chooses to cook crystal meth in order to support his family.
For Sony Pictures and producer Mark Johnson, Gilligan is also working on 2FACE, a comedy about racism.