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

He began his Hollywood career 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.