Alex Graves

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Alex Graves is an American film director, television director, television producer and screenwriter.

Early life

Alex Graves was born in Kansas City, Missouri.

His father, William Graves, was a reporter for The Kansas City Star and his mother, Alexandra "Sandy" Graves, worked for United States Senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas.

He attended Kansas University and The University of Southern California where he earned a BA Degree in Film Production.


Well known for his work directing 34 episodes of the hit series The West Wing, where he served as director producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer, and ultimately executive producer.

He won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his producing work on that series.

He was also nominated for the Emmy for his direction of the episodes "Posse Comitatus" and "2162 Votes." He was awarded the Humanitas Prize for his work on the episode "N.S.F. Thurmont."

Graves began his work in television directing installments of Ally McBeal, ports Night and The Practice.

In 2006, he directed the pilot episode of The Nine for ABC, serving as an executive producer on the pilot.

In 2007, he directed and executive produced the pilot, and directed several more episodes, of the drama Journeyman which aired on NBC.

In 2009, Graves was asked by J.J.Abrams to direct and executive produce the pilot of the FOX science-fiction series Fringe. He received high critical acclaim for his work.

In 2010, he directed and executive produced the ABC pilot The Whole Truth for Jerry Bruckheimer. This pilot also went on to become a series.

In 2011, he directed a pilot for ABC entitled, Poe. A re-imagining of the life of the famed author, Edgar Allan Poe starring Natalie Dormer and Chris Egan, which did not go to series.

From 2010 to 2011, Graves was hired by Steven Spielberg to direct and executive produce the pilot of the Fox adventure series Terra Nova. Which series premiered September 26, 2011.

In 2012 Graves directed Showtime's "Shameless" for John Wells before being asked by Aaron Sorkin to direct his new HBO series The Newsroom, titled "News Night 2.0."

Most recently, Graves directed 2 episodes of season 3 of HBO's Game of Thrones: And Now His Watch Is Ended and Kissed by Fire.

Graves is currently directing 4 of the 10 episodes for the yet-to-be aired season 4 of HBO's GAME OF THRONES.