Gary Ross

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
One of the most accomplished writer-directors of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gary Ross received screenwriting Oscar nominations for "Big" (1988), "Dave" (1993) and "Seabiscuit" (2003) while enjoying critical acclaim ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1956 in Los AngelesUSA

Filmography

Producer (10)

Free State of Jones 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Z for Zachariah 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Outback 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The High Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Producer

Big 1988 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Crusaders (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (10)

Free State of Jones 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Outback 2014 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Hunger Games 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation/rewrite) (Screenplay)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lassie 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Baseball 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Big 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (7)

Free State of Jones 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Outback 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunger Games 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Crusaders (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (4)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

Pimlico Track Announcer (Actor)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

2nd Policeman (Actor)

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most accomplished writer-directors of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gary Ross received screenwriting Oscar nominations for "Big" (1988), "Dave" (1993) and "Seabiscuit" (2003) while enjoying critical acclaim as a director of the latter picture as well as Pleasantville" (1998) and the blockbuster fantasy "The Hunger Games" (2012). Ross' best work combined a wistful longing for the innocence of times gone by with a deep-rooted passion for the power of the democratic process to effect positive change in the lives of all people. His often-sparkling dialogue, most notably in "Dave" and "Pleasantville," echoed the screwball comedy genre of the 1930s, while the doggedly optimistic tone of "Seabiscuit" and "The Tale of Despereaux" evoked comparisons with Frank Capra and Preston Sturges. Ross weathered some ups and downs after "Seabiscuit" before roaring back to the spotlight with "The Hunger Games," an eagerly anticipated film version of the popular youth fantasy novel series. Ross' ability to imbue genre pictures with resonant emotional and political content made him one of the most skilled filmmakers of the period.

Relationships

Arthur Ross

Father
wrote "Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954), "The Great Race" (1965) earned an Oscar nomination for "Brubaker" (1980) blacklisted during the McCarthy era founded the Hollywood branch of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy in the late 1950s

Gail Ross

Mother
born on October 29, 1920 died of cancer in March 1997 "Pleasantville" is dedicated to her

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
dropped out after three years and went to work on a fishing boat in Seattle, Washington

Milestones

2012

Helmed the feature adaptation of "The Hunger Games"; also co-wrote screenplay with Billy Ray and book's author Suzanne Collins

2008

Wrote and produced the animated feature "The Tale of Despereaux"

2003

Wrote, produced and directed the drama "Seabiscuit"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Picture; nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement; Received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenpla

1999

Wrote draft of screenplay for "Mr. Gadget"

1998

Feature directorial debut, "Pleasantville"; also wrote and produced

1997

Was one of the producers of "Trial and Error"

1994

Contributed to the screenplay for "Lassie"

1994

Reportedly did uncredited work on the screenplay for "The Flintstones"

1993

Picked up second Oscar nomination for solo screenwriting effort, the comedy "Dave"; made a cameo as a policeman

1992

Collaborated on the screenplay for Fred Schepisi's "Mr. Baseball"

1988

With Anne Spielberg, co-scripted and co-produced "Big"; received Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination

1984

First produced script, a segment of HBO's horror anthology "The Hitchhiker"

1984

Feature acting debut, "Crackers"

Bonus Trivia

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An outspoken liberal who wrote speeches for Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton, Ross made no secret of modeling the heartless president in "Dave" (1993) after Ronald Reagan.

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