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 surprising hit comedy ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1969 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (9)

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)
Producer (5)

Straight Outta Compton 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sea of Trees 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Man Apart 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (4)

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)

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 surprising 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 film which was a hit with both critics and audiences. Though he continued to helm music videos, most notably for Cypress Hill and Jay-Z, Gray kept his feet firmly planted in the feature world with the tense thriller "Law Abiding Citizen" (2009), which not only affirmed his skill at crafting compelling crowd-pleasers, but also kept him at the top of the Hollywood food chain as one of the industry's more reliable and gifted directors.

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

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, "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"

Worked with cable access programs while in high school

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

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

Moved back to Los Angeles after high school

Bonus Trivia

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"With videos, it's predominantly a visual medium. You go for the best shot, and look for the most creative visual trick you can surprise the audience with. With movies, it's pretty much coming up with the best story you can tell. You have to have an eye for when it is appropriate to do the fancy shot, or when it's appropriate to really focus on what's good for the story." - F. Gary Gray quoted in The Biz, November 1996

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"I don't really frequent Hollywood things or get too deep into it. I'm pretty new relative to a lot of people who've been in the business, obviously. It feels good to be able to play. It's very, very hard work, but at the same time it's play, it's like playing Legos. You get a certain amount of Legos, and then you envision something, and then you try your best to make it happen, and make it work with the resources that you have. And I'm very fortunate to be in the position to do something that I love and get paid for it." - F. Gary Gray quoted in The Biz, November 1996

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