JON ZELAZNY was born and raised in Rochester, NY, where he worked extensively as an actor, and made five short films before graduating from The Newhouse School at Syracuse University. The recipient of an Army ROTC scholarship, he served as a Civil Affairs officer, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School.

His Hollywood career began with producer Joel Silver at Warner Bros., followed by a decade in creative support of acclaimed German director Uli Edel. As a screenwriter, he performed polish & rewrites, full pre-production rewrites, and was twice commissioned to adapt non-fiction WW II books.