Roger Avary

Director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Though not as widely recognized or worshiped as his one-time collaborator Quentin Tarantino, writer-director Roger Avary was nonetheless at the forefront of the new wave of neo-noir filmmakers to emerge in the mid-1990s ... Read more »
Born: 08/22/1965 in Flin Flon, Manitoba, CA

Filmography

Producer (5)

XIII 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last Man 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Boogie Boy 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (5)

Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silent Hill 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Killing Zoe 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Stories By (Story By)
Director (3)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Killing Zoe 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Stitch (TV Show)

Director
Sound (2)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

background radio dialogue (ADR/Dialogue Editor)
Actor (2)

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Standing Still 2006 (Movie)

Franklin Brauner (Actor)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

logo creator(Dog Eat Dog) (Titles)
Music (1)

Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

("Olaf Drinking Song") (Song)
Other (2)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

Montage (Other)

RPM 1996 (Movie)

concept (Other)

Biography

Though not as widely recognized or worshiped as his one-time collaborator Quentin Tarantino, writer-director Roger Avary was nonetheless at the forefront of the new wave of neo-noir filmmakers to emerge in the mid-1990s and revitalize a stodgy industry. In fact, Avary had his hand in many of Tarantino's early projects, most notably as a co-writer on the pair's ode to 1950s pulp novels, "Pulp Fiction" (1994). After sharing the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, however, Avary and Tarantino went their separate ways in a public spat that many thought was due to Tarantino's hogging of the limelight. Meanwhile, Avary delved into his own directing projects, helming "Killing Zoe" (1994) and "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), both of which disturbed several critics and officials at the Motion Picture Association of America. But his biggest contributions were behind the scenes - Avary became one of the biggest and most highly paid script doctors in the business, which eventually led to getting writing assignments on some of the biggest movies in Hollywood.

Relationships

Gretchen Avary

Wife

Gala Avary

Daughter
Born December 4, 1995

EDUCATION

Art Center College of Design

Los Angeles , California 1987

Milestones

2007

Wrote and produced an adaptation of "Beowulf," directed by Robert Zemeckis

2006

Played the part of a peyote-taking gonzo film director Franklin Brauner (AKA Donald Cammell) in the film "Standing Still"

2002

Directed the feature adaptation of "The Rules of Attraction"; also wrote screenplay adaptation based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel

1999

Served as an executive producer of the festival-screened "The Last Man" (film shot in 1996)

1997

Executive produced the direct-to-video release "Boogie Boy"

1997

With Aaron Spelling, produced the busted series pilot "Odd Jobs"; also wrote and directed

1994

Co-wrote with Quentin Tarantino, "Pulp Fiction" receiving a 'Story by' credit

1993

Film directing debut "Killing Zoe" (also scripted)

1992

Wrote background dialogue and designed logo for "Reservoir Dogs"

1987

Began work at D'arcy Masius Benton & Bowles advertising agency

1983

Won Los Angeles Student Film Expo at 16 with "The Worm Turns"

1980

Began making Super-8 short films

Penned 80-page script "The Open Road," which Quentin Tarantino used as the basis for what became "True Romance"; Avary assisted in structuring Tarantino's version but did not receive screen credit

Bonus Trivia

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Avary holds dual citizenship with Canada and the USA; he describes himself as "a landed immigrant to the United States".

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There is a website devoted to him at www.avary.com

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"Killing Zoe" is "a movie about choice, and not choosing. About following and control through hysteria, and lies of omission. It's largely my mind-state at the time when I wrote it, and how I was viewing the world." - Avary quoted in Village Voice, Sep. 6, 1994

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Avary was arrested for manslaughter and DUI, after crashing his car in Ojai and killing a passenger. The crash happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 13, 2008. Sheriff's deputies say Avary's wife was ejected from the car but survived. Another passenger, 42-year-old Andreas Zini, of Italy, was killed. In September 2009, Avary was sentenced to a year in jail for vehicular manslaughter as well as five years' probation.

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