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Joe Eszterhas

Screenwriter; Cancer Survivor; Anti-Semitism & Anti-Smoking Activist

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Joe Eszterhas Biography

Called the "Che Guevara of screenwriters" (Variety), a "force of nature" (The New York Times), and "a living legend" (ABC's 20/20), Joe Eszterhas is one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history. Over the past 35 years he has penned the scripts for such films as Basic Instinct, Flashdance, Music Box, and the cult classic Showgirls.

Despite his remarkable success as a screenwriter - his collection of films has grossed more than $1 billion at the box office - Eszterhas's life has had its struggles as well. Born in Hungary in 1944, he spent his first six years in Austrian refugee camps before emigrating to Cleveland with his family. A heavy smoker since the age of 12, he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001, and has worked since then to de-glamorize smoking in the movies. Along with the Cleveland Clinic, he founded Join Joe, a grassroots anti-smoking advocacy group. He also filmed a series of anti-smoking public service announcements which appeared in theaters and on television nationwide.

Eszterhas has also spent much of his life waging a war against anti-Semitism. He wrote about its evils in the films Betrayed and Music Box and, in 1990, the Justice Department investigated his father, Istvan, for alleged war crimes committed in Hungary during World War II. The investigation caused Eszterhas to break his relationship with his beloved father, a break that he discusses in his books “Hollywood Animal,” “Crossbearer,” and “Heaven and Mel.”

A powerful speaker who understands the art of weaving a truly fascinating story, Joe Eszterhas shares with audiences his personal journey from Hollywood hero to cancer survivor to anti-smoking activist to man of faith and warrior against anti-Semitism.

Speaking Topics
  • The Rebel as Corporate Icon

  • Finding God (Or Being Found by Him)

  • Betrayed: My Quest Against Anti-Semitism

  • Brawling with Cancer

  • The Power of Storytelling

Books
The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God!

The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God!

Hollywood Animal: A Memoir

Hollywood Animal: A Memoir

American Rhapsody

American Rhapsody

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Screenwriter; Cancer Survivor; Anti-Semitism & Anti-Smoking Activist

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Joe Eszterhas Biography

Called the "Che Guevara of screenwriters" (Variety), a "force of nature" (The New York Times), and "a living legend" (ABC's 20/20), Joe Eszterhas is one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history. Over the past 35 years he has penned the scripts for such films as Basic Instinct, Flashdance, Music Box, and the cult classic Showgirls.

Despite his remarkable success as a screenwriter - his collection of films has grossed more than $1 billion at the box office - Eszterhas's life has had its struggles as well. Born in Hungary in 1944, he spent his first six years in Austrian refugee camps before emigrating to Cleveland with his family. A heavy smoker since the age of 12, he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001, and has worked since then to de-glamorize smoking in the movies. Along with the Cleveland Clinic, he founded Join Joe, a grassroots anti-smoking advocacy group. He also filmed a series of anti-smoking public service announcements which appeared in theaters and on television nationwide.

Eszterhas has also spent much of his life waging a war against anti-Semitism. He wrote about its evils in the films Betrayed and Music Box and, in 1990, the Justice Department investigated his father, Istvan, for alleged war crimes committed in Hungary during World War II. The investigation caused Eszterhas to break his relationship with his beloved father, a break that he discusses in his books “Hollywood Animal,” “Crossbearer,” and “Heaven and Mel.”

A powerful speaker who understands the art of weaving a truly fascinating story, Joe Eszterhas shares with audiences his personal journey from Hollywood hero to cancer survivor to anti-smoking activist to man of faith and warrior against anti-Semitism.

Joe Eszterhas Speaking Topics

  • The Rebel as Corporate Icon

  • Finding God (Or Being Found by Him)

  • Betrayed: My Quest Against Anti-Semitism

  • Brawling with Cancer

  • The Power of Storytelling

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  • How to book Joe Eszterhas?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Joe Eszterhas for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Joe Eszterhas, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Joe Eszterhas or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Joe Eszterhas?

    Booking fees for Joe Eszterhas, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Joe Eszterhas, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Joe Eszterhas?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Joe Eszterhas for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joe Eszterhas for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Joe Eszterhas or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Joe Eszterhas or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Joe Eszterhas is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Rebel as Corporate Icon, Finding God (Or Being Found by Him), Betrayed: My Quest Against Anti-Semitism, Brawling with Cancer and The Power of Storytelling. The estimated speaking fee range to book Joe Eszterhas for your event is available upon request. Joe Eszterhas generally travels from Chagrin Falls, OH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Angela Bassett, Bette Midler, David Mamet, Richard Dreyfuss and Jason Alexander. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Joe Eszterhas for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Joe Eszterhas Speaking Topics

  • The Rebel as Corporate Icon

  • Finding God (Or Being Found by Him)

  • Betrayed: My Quest Against Anti-Semitism

  • Brawling with Cancer

  • The Power of Storytelling

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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