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Vince Gilligan (born February 10, 1967 in Richmondmarker, Virginiamarker) is an American writer, director and producer. He is the creator of the television series Breaking Bad. He has also worked on The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen. He is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York Universitymarker. Recent works include Hancock, starring Will Smith.

Early Life

Gilligan was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in Farmvillemarker and Chesterfield County. He went on to attend New York Universitymarker where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, he penned the screen play Home Fries, which was later turned into a film starring Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson. Gilligan received the Virginia Governor's Screenwriting Award in 1989 for this screenplay.


The X-Files

His big break came when he earned various producer credits for the Fox television drama The X-Files. He was co-executive producer of 44 episodes, executive producer of 40, co-producer of 24 and supervising producer of 20. After The X-Files, he became executive producer of all the thirteen episodes of The Lone Gunmen.

Breaking Bad

Gilligan is known for creating, writing, directing and producing the AMC drama show, Breaking Bad.

He was nominated for a 2008 Prime Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot episode.


  1. "Breaking Bad Biography" AMC 25 November 2009.
  2. "Biography at Mahalo" 25 November 2009.
  3. "Breaking Bad Biography" AMC 25 November 2009.
  4. "2008 Emmy Nominees" Los Angeles Times. 14 July 2008.

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