October 29, 1976
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It was incredibly good fortune that Jon Lucas met up with Scott Moore while they were both working for a top Hollywood screenwriter. Lucas ultimately realized he wanted to be a screenwriter himself, and that he wrote better with a partner. Together, Lucas and Moore wrote one of the biggest moneymaking comedies in movie history. Jonathan Lucas was born on October 29, 1976, attended the esteemed Pingry prep school in New Jersey, and later graduated from Yale. Lucas first worked as an assistant to Daniel Petrie Jr., who wrote "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984) and "The Big Easy" (1986). Petrie had another assistant, Scott Moore, and he and Lucas would eventually become a screenwriting team. The first script Lucas and Moore wrote together was "Flypaper," which didn't get made until 2011. The team still lined up a lot of work for nearly a decade, doing uncredited rewrites on comedies like "Wedding Crashers" (2005), "27 Dresses (2008), and "Monster-In-Law" (2005). Then came their big break with 'The Hangover" (2009), which was based on the outrageous true story of a producer of the duo's acquaintance who woke up in a strip club realizing he'd gone crazy at his own bachelor party. "The Hangover" delivered the big raunchy hit everyone was waiting for. Not only did Lucas and Moore get a hefty pay day for the screenplay, but "The Hangover" would gross $467 million world-wide, and would also spawn two sequels, "The Hangover Part II" (2011), and "The Hangover Part III" (2013). Lucas and Moore decided not to work on the sequels because they didn't want to repeat themselves. "The Hangover" helped usher in a new era of raunchy comedies making blockbuster sums of money. It also won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. After the incredible success of "The Hangover," Lucas and Moore wanted to move on, and went to write "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" (2009) and "The Change-Up" (2011). The duo also created the comedy series "Mixology" (ABC 2014), a structurally unusual comedy where all of the action of the first season takes place over the course of a single night.