F. Gary Gray

Director, Cameraman
Having established himself as a talented music video director, F. Gary Gray was bound to make a successful transition to feature films. Gray made good on his creative promise when he directed the hit comedy "Friday" ... Read more »
Born: 07/17/1969 in New York CityUSA

Filmography

Director (10)

Fast 8 2017 (Movie)

(Director)

Straight Outta Compton 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Ryan Caulfield: Year One 1999 - 2000, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

A Man Apart 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Negotiator 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Friday 1995 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (5)

Straight Outta Compton 2015 (Movie)

Greg Mack (Actor)

Punk'd 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Be Cool 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Making the Movie: The Italian Job 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday 1995 (Movie)

Black Man at Store (Actor)
Producer (5)

The Sea of Trees 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Straight Outta Compton 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Man Apart 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Having established himself as a talented music video director, F. Gary Gray was bound to make a successful transition to feature films. Gray made good on his creative promise when he directed the hit comedy "Friday" (1995), which earned ten times its small budget at the box office and generated two popular sequels. He continued to showcase his gifts with his sophomore effort, "Set It Off" (1996), which was a big earner at the box office. Gray made his first foray into big-budget Hollywood filmmaking with the critically acclaimed thriller, "The Negotiator" (1998). Following a failed attempt at launching a regular television series, he found his biggest success to date with "The Italian Job" (2003), a gripping remake of the 1969 action comedy-drama. After establishing himself as a skilled director of action-adventure films, Gray returned to his hip-hop roots with the hit N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" (2015).

Relationships

Phil Lewis

Uncle

Elise Neal Actor

Companion
Were briefly engaged in 1999 no longer together

EDUCATION

Highland Park High School

Highland Park , Illinois

Golden State College

Oxnard , California
Dropped out to pursue career

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2015

Directed the critically-acclaimed NWA biopic "Straight Outta Compton"

2009

Directed Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler in the thriller, "Law Abiding Citizen"

2005

Helmed the "Get Shorty" sequel starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman, "Be Cool"

2003

Directed the crime drama remake "The Italian Job," starring Charlize Theron, Edward Norton and Mark Wahlberg

2002

Directed Vin Diesel in the film "A Man Apart"

1999

Executive produced and directed the short-lived FOX drama, "Ryan Caulfield: Year One"

1998

Helmed third feature, "The Negotiator," starring Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson

1996

Scored critical and box office success with "Set It Off"

1995

Made feature film directorial debut with "Friday"

Directed more than 30 music videos for arts such as Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre and Mary J. Blige; won several awards for his video work

Worked as cameraman for programs produced for Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the FOX network

Bonus Trivia

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Worked on local cable access programs while still in high school.

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Prior to his first directing screen credits, Gray appeared as an extra in the 1989 baseball comedy "Major League."

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Prior to his work directing features, Gray was a prolific and acclaimed director of hip-hop and R&B music videos, including Ice Cube's "It Was A Good Day," Babyface's "How Come, How Long" and Cypress Hill's WHen the Ship Goes Down."

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Gray often appeared in his own films, with small parts in "Friday," "Set It Off," "Law Abiding Citizen" and "Straight Outta Compton."

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