1941 (age 74–75)|
South Bend, Indiana
Leven was educated at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, Harvard University, the University of Connecticut and Yale University Medical School. While at Harvard he founded a satirical revue called The Proposition that ran for ten years in Cambridge, Massachusetts and off-Broadway.
Leven's first novel, Creator, was published in 1980 and released as a film of the same title in 1985. Leven was a practicing clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, a theme incorporated in his second novel, Satan, His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S., which was published in 1982 and filmed as Crazy as Hell in 2002.
Leven wrote and directed Don Juan DeMarco (1995), wrote and produced Alex & Emma (2003), and wrote the screenplays for The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), The Notebook (2004), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Real Steel (2011), and did uncredited writing on The Time Traveler's Wife. Recently Leven wrote and directed Girl on a Bicycle (2014).
- "Connie Award" Outstanding Achievement in Film, Connecticut Film Commission 1999
- "Meilleur Sceneriste" (Best Screenwriter) -- European Award conferred by Prince Albert of Monaco 2003
- "Lifetime Achievement - Excellence in Screenwriting", Sedona International Film Festival 2004
- "Special Award for Outstanding Achievement", SunDeis Film Festival, Brandeis University, 2006
- Contemporary Authors, Thompson Gale, 2004