Donald Roos

Screenwriter, Director
Often one hears of the lack of solid leading roles for women, but that complaint clearly doesn't apply to the career of screenwriter and director Don Roos. He has crafted several memorable characters essayed by the ... Read more »
Born: 04/14/1959 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (15)

The Other Woman 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marley & Me 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Happy Endings 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bless the Child 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bounce 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Opposite of Sex 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Diabolique 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Single White Female 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Colbys 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Casebusters 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

Me and Mom 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

Paper Dolls 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

Hart to Hart (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (6)

Who Do You Think You Are? 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Call Waiting 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

All Over the Guy 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Nightingales (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Director (6)

Web Therapy 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

M.Y.O.B. 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Other Woman 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Happy Endings 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Bounce 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Opposite of Sex 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Indie Sex: Taboos (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Often one hears of the lack of solid leading roles for women, but that complaint clearly doesn't apply to the career of screenwriter and director Don Roos. He has crafted several memorable characters essayed by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg and Christina Ricci (to name a few). That is not to say he doesn't create well-rounded male characters, but the thrust of his work has been built around strong women.

Relationships

Dan Bucatinsky Actor

Husband

Dan Bucatinsky

Companion

EDUCATION

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame , Indiana

Milestones

2005

Helmed "Happy Endings" a drama that weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family, and the sheer unpredictability of life itself

2001

Executive produced the romantic comedy "All Over the Guy"

2000

Wrote and directed second feature "Bounce", a romantic drama which teamed Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck

2000

Was one of the writers on the thriller "Bless the Child"

1999

Wrote and directed the pilot for the NBC sitcom "Mind Your Own Business", about a teenager who seeks out her biological relatives when her adopted parents are killed; pilot picked up as a midseason replacement for the 1999-2000 season under the title "M.Y

1998

Feature directorial debut with the well-received black comedy "The Opposite of Sex"; also scripted

1996

Wrote the remake of "Diabolique", starring Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani

1995

Scripted the female buddy road movie "Boys on the Side"; clashed with director Herbert Ross and was banished from the set during filming

1992

Penned the hit thriller "Single White Female"

1989

Served as one of the producers on the NBC drama series "Nightingales"; also wrote one episode; first credits as Don Roos

1987

Took a sabatical to write first screenplay, "Love Field" (filmed in 1990; released in 1992)

1986

Provided the story for and wrote script for the ABC Disney movie "Casebusters";

1985

Served as executive script consultant and writer for the ABC series "The Colbys"

1978

Moved to Hollywood to pursue career

Raised in upstate New York and in Virginia

Worked in television as a producer and screenwriter; wrote for "Hart to Hart" and "Paper Dolls"; often credited as Donald Paul Roos

Bonus Trivia

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About directing: "The biggest surprise was how much I liked it. I'd always thought it was this overwhelming job full of fear and pressure and responsibility, which I think is a bunch of hooey that directors put out, so that we don't realize how fun their job is. What directors don't tell you is that every single person there on the show is there to make you look good. They don't want the director to ever look bad. So there's this enormous amount of help and as a writer ... writer's never have any help. So it was like going from the desert to an oasis. ... I think it's veru easy to direct a picture competently, adequately enough. It's easy enough to direct a picture where it's not glaringly bad. It's hard to do a fine picture."--Don Roos to Anthony Kaufman at www.indiewire.com, May 28, 1998.

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"In this culture, you have to have those movies where the minorities finally get attention, so it's about the problems of being that minority. But eventually, the minority has to take its place in the culture and you can show movies about their love life or their personal life or whatever, it's not all about them being different. I think ['The Opposite of Sex'] is very different from ['The Birdcage' or 'Philadelphia'] because it talks about a gay man and his personal life of desire, but it's not about him being gay. His problems in his life are not because he's gay. In other words, it's not like an emerging minority movie. This is a movie where the gay guy is treated as a man with a problem. ... " --Don Roos to Christopher Brandon at www.roughcut.com, June 1998.

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"I am certainly not one of those angry queer filmmakers directing a movie about hustling on Santa Monica Boulevard. That's not my style. I don't have a particularly grim worldview." --Roos quoted in Premiere, June 1998.

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"I am not interested in being everyone's cup of tea. I'd have to be awfully watered down." --Roos in Premiere, June 1998.

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