Henry Bean was born in Philadelphia and received his formal education at Yale and Stanford. He has worked in Hollywood for more than thirty years, writing, among other films, Internal Affairs, Deep Cover, and Basic Instinct 2. He has done uncredited work on many films including Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, Murder by Numbers, and The Golden '80s. (He claims to be the only screenwriter who has worked with both Tony Scott and Chantal Akerman.) He was “head writer” on HBO’s K Street, an unscripted show. He wrote and directed The Believer (2001), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, as well as many other awards, and Noise (2007). His novel False Match was published in 1982 and won an L.A. PEN award. He lives in New York with his wife, Leora Barish.