Beau Willimon

Beau Willimon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is the creator of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" and served as showrunner for the first four seasons.

At Juilliard, he wrote a play, FARRAGUT NORTH, that was inspired by his experience as press aide for Dean’s 2004 campaign for President. In fall 2008, it premiered off Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company. The production received a Los Angeles run the following summer. Concurrently it received a production at the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in July 2009. Willimon was nominated in 2009 for the John Gassner Award by the Outer Critics Circle.

Other plays include Lower Ninth, Spirit Control, The Parisian Woman, and Breathing Time,

A film adaption of Farragut North, retitled The Ides of March, premiered in October 2011, directed by George Clooney; the script was written by Willimon, Clooney and his producing partner, Grant Heslov. The film was nominated in 2012 for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and for four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay.