American film producer and director Jonathan Sanger was born on April 21, 1944, in Brooklyn,
New York, USA. He, along with his parents, spent his childhood moving from one place to another in North America and South America. He didn't have an interest in films from his childhood. His passion for the career on the silver screen had started when he was at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sanger went to the Annenberg School of Communications and studied filming documentaries and biographies. After his graduation, he joined the Peace Corps program where he focused on television and film production. Jonathan Sanger worked on a lot of projects related to filming and production in different countries before he could enter the mainstream film production. He worked on creating an Education Television Station in Uruguay. He made films for ICODES, The Columbia Institute of Social Development. He did a lot of documentary films in Chile.
He worked as an associate editor and also contracted for Encyclopedia Britannica. When he was the accepted member of the Directors Guild of America Training Program, he did his part for a lot of movies in New York. Some of the best films are Across 110th Street, Next Stop, Greenwich Village. On moving to Los Angeles in 1976, he worked on many television series like The Blue Knight; Enough is Enough, etc. For ‘Fargo’ movie, he was a part of the film production as the Associate Producer, and it received some descent praise. He scripted for The Elephant Man. This film was the first one for which he received the credit as the producer. This film received nominations in eight categories for the Academy Awards and a BAFTA for Best Film in 1980. This movie was internationally acclaimed and got the French Caesar Award in the Best Foreign Film Award category.
Jonathan Sanger did a distinguished work in the film industry. He even assisted for the short films and documentaries which garnered accolades throughout the world. His 1982 film ‘Frances’ well received the global criticism. From 1996, he contributed for Crusie/ Wagnor Productions. He worked as the executive producer, producer for many films including Without Limits, Suspect Zero, Mission Impossible 2, etc.
He even extended his capabilities to different production houses. He produced Flight of the Navigator under the Walt Disney House, The Doctor and The Devil under Twentieth Century Fox, etc. He is famous for his works like Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall, which received the Academy Award for Best Short Film. He also directed many television series and films. He married Carla Sanger, and they have two children David and Christopher Sanger.