Screenwriter known most for his award-winning noir film, LA Confidential.
He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
1998 was a big year for him, as he won both the Oscar Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the Razzie for The Postman.
He was born to Norwegian parents, Aud-Karin and Thomas Helgeland.
Kim Basinger won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in his film, LA Confidential.