John Hamburg was born on 26th May 1970, in New York City, United States of America. His birth name was John Liman Hamburg. He was born to Joan Hamburg and Morton Hamburg, who were famous New York City radio personalities. He did his schooling as every other child and then joined Brown University and graduated from the University in 1992 with a degree in History. During those times, he was passionate towards movies and started to improve his knowledge of the arts and cinema field. To pursue his interest in Arts, he then joined Tisch School of Arts at New York University.
Gaining proper methodologies and techniques about filming and other related arts, he started making short films. He began to direct short films, and one of his film Tick got screened at Sundance Film Festival. Gaining proper experience through short films, John decided his next big step to jump into directing a premier. In 1998, he wrote and directed the film Safe Men. Because of his tremendous performance, there were several offers for him. His style of writing reached several hearts and received appreciation. He started co-writing scripts for movies like Meet the Parents and Zoolander. All those movies were box office success.
He was not able to leave his interest in directing. So he came back to the director’s seat with the film Along Came Polly in 2004. He also wrote the script for the movie. The film was a blockbuster hit and received huge appraisals. He was roped in to write the sequel movie Meet the Fockers in the same year. After almost five years, he delivered another hit comedy project in I Love You, Man. The film was appreciated worldwide. Moreover, John himself produced the film along with writing and directing it.
In 2005, he married fellow actress Christina Kirk.In 2010, he received an offer to write a script for the sequel of one of his previous work Meet the Parents, and the movie was named
. He worked as a director of the Fox TV series Undeclared. In 2016, he co-wrote the picture Zoolander- 2 which was a huge success at the box-office profiting $56 million. In the same year, he also planned to direct and write the comic movie Why Him?. Presently, he has committed to various projects that are in their beginning stage. He launched his own company Particular Pictures and signed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox.