A Wall Street Banker Turned to Comedy for Happiness and a Career Change
James R. Anderson
Updated Jan. 9, 2008 11:59 p.m. ET
John C. “Jack” Kennedy Jr. is a former Wall Street banker turned comedy writer, producer and actor. His latest film, “The Woodsman,” has been released in five theaters.
Mr. Kennedy, 54, who is a graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University Law Center, wrote, produced and starred in his first feature film, “The Woodsman.” After a long hiatus, he returned to the filmmaking world when he sold a script to Columbia Pictures, the studio behind “The Social Network,” “American Beauty” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” in which he has a cameo.
Mr. Kennedy, who lives with his wife, Tricia, and their two children in Washington, D.C., has said he is not a “wax and wane” but a “wax and boom” writer. And while he would not divulge much about his new creative endeavor, Mr. Kennedy hinted that he had a new film in the works.
In his new book, “I Am Not a Movie Star,” Mr. Kennedy describes his early experiences in the business of making entertainment.
He is a self-described “hippie” who has “spent a lot of time in his 30s writing for the stage,” he writes in the book, which comes out Tuesday. “I wasn’t thinking about making movies then, although I loved movies.”
He went to Georgetown University Law Center, “where I studied business.” He worked for Morgan Keegan in the early 1980s as a commercial loan specialist and spent much of that time in the firm’s corporate training division “learning lessons on how to communicate with clients.”
Although he has always been an avid reader he left school in June 1984 to earn $6,