16 Facts About Beau Willimon


Pack Beauregard Willimon was born on October 26,1977 and is an American playwright and screenwriter.


Beau Willimon helped develop the American version of the series House of Cards and served as showrunner for the first four seasons.


In 2018, Willimon created the drama series The First for Hulu, about the first crewed mission to Mars.


Beau Willimon was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to Nancy and Henry Pack Willimon.


Beau Willimon's father was a captain in the United States Navy and the family moved frequently.


Beau Willimon lived in Hawaii, San Francisco, California, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before settling in St Louis, Missouri, after Beau Willimon's father retired to become a lawyer.


Beau Willimon attended John Burroughs School, where he took drama classes taught by Jon Hamm and graduated in 1995.


Beau Willimon majored in history and visual arts and received a BA from Columbia University in 1999.


Beau Willimon returned to New York to attend Columbia's School of the Arts.


Beau Willimon subsequently enrolled at the Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, receiving both the Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship and the Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nuoy Award.


Beau Willimon was nominated in 2009 for the John Gassner Award by the Outer Critics Circle.


Beau Willimon's work has been developed and performed at MCC Theater, Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, the Phoenix Theatre, the Actors Theater of Chicago, Battersea Arts Centre in London, Cherry Lane Theatre, and the South Coast Repertory.


In September 2017, Beau Willimon was elected for a two-year term as President of the Writers Guild of America, East, running unopposed.


In 2019, as WGA-E President, Beau Willimon oversaw the negotiating committee for the "WGA-Agency Agreement", and joined other WGA members in firing his agents as part of the guild's stand against the ATA after the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a new "Code of Conduct" that addressed the practice of packaging.


In 2012, Beau Willimon developed House of Cards, the American adaption of the BBC series of the same name, for Netflix.


Beau Willimon served as the series' showrunner for its first four seasons, stepping down in January 2016.