David S. Ward

Screenwriter, Director
David S. Ward specialized in writing and directing feature films which often used a familiar backdrop to tell an unfamiliar tale. He got his big break when he sold "Steelyard Blues/The Final Crash," a film about a D.A ... Read more »
Born: 10/24/1947 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Editor (2)

20/20 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Editor

20/20: Bringing Up Baby: Royal Edition 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Editor
Writer (2)

I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saving Grace 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Sitting Ducks 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

David S. Ward specialized in writing and directing feature films which often used a familiar backdrop to tell an unfamiliar tale. He got his big break when he sold "Steelyard Blues/The Final Crash," a film about a D.A. embarrassed by his ex-con brother and his ex-hooker girlfriend, to Michael and Julia Phillips in 1971. Released in 1973, the film starred Howard Hesseman as the lawyer, Donald Sutherland as his brother and Jane Fonda as the girl. Most critics found it entertaining, but it was not as popular as the other Ward-Phillips 1973 collaboration, "The Sting." Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the movie was about the gambling con job deluxe. Meticulously directed by George Roy Hill, featuring a wonderful cast (besides Newman and Redford, there was Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan and Ray Walston) and fueled partly by Marvin Hamlisch's score adapted from Scott Joplin rags, "The Sting" was a popular and critical hit. It went on to win seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and one for Ward's original screenplay.

Relationships

Robert McCollum Ward

Father

Miriam Ward

Mother

Sylvana Bonifacia DeSoto Ward

Daughter

Joaquin Atwood Ward

Son

Rosana DeSoto

Wife
married on September 20, 1980

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1970

Pomona College

Pomona , California 1967

Milestones

1996

Stumbled with the lame comedy "Down Periscope"

1994

Producing debut, "Major League II"; also scripted

1993

Contributed to the script for Nora Ephron's "Sleepless in Seattle"; shared Academy Award nomination

1993

Wrote and directed the controversial sports film "The Program" about a college football team; one scene where the team members lie down in moving traffic created a stir when young men emulated it

1989

Enjoyed hit as writer-director of the sports comedy "Major League"

1988

Co-wrote the screen adaptation of "The Milagro Beanfield War"

1982

Feature directing debut "Cannery Row"; also scripted

1973

First successful film as screenwriter, "The Sting"; won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay

1958

Screenwriting debut, "Steelyard Blues"

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio

Born in Providence, Rhode Island

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