Douglas Day Stewart is best known for his original screenplay An Officer and a Gentleman, which was based on his own experiences as a Naval Officer Candidate in 1965, undergoing rigorous training while dating a local factory girl. In addition to the many accolades and awards garnered by the film, “Officer” was recently listed by the American Film Institute as one of the ten highest grossing love stories in cinema history.
A medical problem would knock Stewart out of his dream to fly jets but he would go on to serve on a top secret team of Naval and Marine officers that sent the entire population of Marines at Camp Pendleton to Vietnam, thus ending the United States’ “police action” and starting “The Vietnam War.”
other writing credits include the enduring first Blue Lagoon with Brooke Shields, the acclaimed The Boy In the Plastic Bubble, (the ABC television movie that launched John Travolta’s career), and The Scarlet Letter, take on Hawthorne’s classic novel, starring Demi Moore. Stewart wrote and directed the cult favorite Thief of Hearts (which boasts clubs of devoted women around the United States) and the controversial Listen to Me, about college debaters forced to take both sides of the abortion issue.
Stewart has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy, and for numerous Writers Guild Awards. He is the father of three, sons Dylan and Sean, and daughter Shady. He is married to artist Judith Gersten.
Stewart has recently completed his screenplay An Officer and a Gentleman – The Final Act, the long-awaited sequel to his original, which will go before cameras this year, starring the original actors along with a young leading lady who will play Zack and Paula’s daughter as she relives her father’s journey from the first film.