George Cooper Stevens, Jr. (born April 3, 1932) is a multiple award-winning American writer, author, playwright, director and producer. He is the founder of the American Film Institute, creator of the AFI Life Achievement Award and instigator/producer of the Kennedy Center Honors. Since 2009 he has served as Co-Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Accolades to date for his professional career include seventeen Emmys, eight Writers Guild awards, two Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize and an Honorary Academy Award.
Stevens, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California, son of Academy Award–winning director George Stevens (1904–1975), and actress mother Yvonne Howell (née Julia Rose Shevlin; 1905–2010), and grandson of actors Landers Stevens, Georgie Cooper and comedienne Alice Howell. In July 1965, he married Elizabeth Guest, and has children Michael Stevens (a producer/director), David Averell, and a stepdaughter Caroline Stevens (a producer)...
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