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.