Alan Ball

Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer
Former playwright-turned-filmmaker, Alan Ball left behind the rather anonymous and distressing world of sitcom writing to make his breakthrough as the screenwriter of the Academy Award winning film, "American Beauty" ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Producer (6)

Banshee 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Am Chippendales 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cybill 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Oh Grow Up 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (5)

I Am Chippendales 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Grace Under Fire 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Writer

The M Word 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

I Am Chippendales 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

True Blood 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Six Feet Under 2000 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director
Actor (1)

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Former playwright-turned-filmmaker, Alan Ball left behind the rather anonymous and distressing world of sitcom writing to make his breakthrough as the screenwriter of the Academy Award winning film, "American Beauty" (1999). Prior to that success, Ball penned off-Broadway productions, including "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," before cutting his teeth on sitcoms like "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-98) and "Cybill" (CBS, 1994-98). Because of his fascination with dysfunctional families, he created "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05), a darkly comic drama about a family that runs a funeral home in Los Angeles after the untimely death of their patriarch (Richard Jenkins). With its morbidly funny take on mortality and those who deal with it on a daily basis, "Six Feet Under" quickly became a flagship series for HBO, while earning numerous awards and nominations. For his part, Ball established himself as one of the preeminent talents on television and on the big screen, earning a reputation for unflinching drama tinged with a dark sense of humor.

Relationships

Mary Ball

Sister
Killed on her 22nd birthday when she turned onto a blind curve and hit an oncoming car; Alan, then 13, was in the passenger seat

Frank Ball

Father

Mary Ball

Mother

EDUCATION

Florida State University

Tallahassee , Florida 1980
Concentrated on studying acting and playwriting

Milestones

2010

Executive produced and directed the HBO movie "All Signs of Death"

2008

Created the HBO drama series "True Blood," based on Charlaine Harris' books about the co-existence of vampires and humans; announced he was stepping down as series showrunner in 2012

2008

Feature film directorial debut, "Towelhead"; also penned the adaptation from Alicia Erian's novel

2001

Created the award-winning HBO drama series "Six Feet Under," about a dysfunctional family that operates a funeral home

1999

Feature film debut as screenwriter, "American Beauty"; also co-produced

1999

Produced the ABC sitcom "Oh, Grow Up," based on his personal experiences as a gay man living with heterosexual male roommates

1995

Wrote for the CBS sitcom "Cybill"; also produced

1994

Moved to Los Angeles to join the writing staff of the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire"; also served as story editor

1993

Debuted breakthrough stage play "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" at NYC's Manhattan Class Company

1991

Premiered "The M Word" at the inaugural Lucille Ball Festival of New American Comedy

After college, moved to NYC

Raised in Marietta, GA

Founding member of the Theater Company Alarm Dog Rep

Worked as an art director at Adweek and Inside PR

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