Ron Shelton

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Former slick-fielding, light-hitting minor league infielder Ron Shelton first tried his hand at sculpture before establishing himself as a screenwriter in the early 1980s and as a leading writer-director by the end of ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1945 in Whittier, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

(Story By)

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great White Hype 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cobb 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blaze 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bull Durham 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Best of Times 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Under Fire 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (10)

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Cobb 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Blaze 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Bull Durham 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Under Fire 1982 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Xxxxxxx: A Contrived Physical Event 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (8)

Becoming John Ford 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports on the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

No Vacancy 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Open Season 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sharkskin 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper 1981 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (1)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

songs("If I Lose" "Gloria") (Song)
Other (1)

Beyond the Game (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

Biography

Former slick-fielding, light-hitting minor league infielder Ron Shelton first tried his hand at sculpture before establishing himself as a screenwriter in the early 1980s and as a leading writer-director by the end of the decade. With his literary values, sharp ear for naturalistic dialogue, and penchant for strong, interesting female characters, Shelton has become Hollywood's premier purveyor of the sports film. His character-driven scripts have emphasized acting far more than any formal attributes, and he has used the rehearsal process to discover the right behavior before blocking for the camera. Though he has not limited himself exclusively to sports, Shelton has returned again and again to athletics as a rich source of metaphor and analogy.

Relationships

Lolita Davidovich Actor

Wife

Valentina Shelton

Daughter
born in November 1999 mother is Lolita Davidovich

EDUCATION

Westmont College

Santa Barbara , California 1967
attended on baseball/basketball scholarship; scouted by the Orioles

University of Arizona

Tucson , Arizona 1974

Milestones

2003

Shared screenplay credit for "Bad Boys 2"

2003

Directed the intense cop drama "Dark Blue" from a story by James Ellroy

2003

Wrote and directed the crime thriller "Hollywood Homicide" starring Harrison Ford

1999

Helmed the boxing-themed "Play It to the Bone"; played one-week Oscar qualifying engagement in L.A.

1996

Wrote and directed the golf-themed "Tin Cup", which fell short despite the presence of "Bull Durham" star Kevin Costner

1996

Co-wrote (with Tony Hendra) "The Great White Hype", an unsatisfying look at boxing and its promotion

1994

Stayed with basketball, providing script for William Friedkin's "Blue Chips"; also served as executive producer

1994

Returned to baseball with "Cobb", writing and directing film based on sportswriter Al Stump's experiences with Ty Cobb during the last year of the legendary player's life

1992

Scored big hit as writer-director of basketball flick "White Men Can't Jump"

1991

Executive produced a short film entitled "Sharkskin"

1989

Wrote and directed "Blaze", based on the relationship of Louisiana governor Earl Long and famed stripper Blaze Starr

1988

Directorial debut, "Bull Durham"; also scripted

1983

First produced script, co-writer on Spottiswoode's "Under Fire"; also served as second unit director

1981

First feature work, as associate producer of "The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper", directed by Roger Spottiswoode

1974

Moved to L.A. (date approximate)

Began exhibiting sculpture; subject of one-man show at the Space Gallery in Los Angeles

Started out at Bluefield in the Appalachian League

Advanced to Stockton (California) Clearwater (Florida), Fort Worth (Texas), and finally, a Triple-A team of the International League, the Rochester Red Wings in Rochester, New York

Invested his savings in attending graduate school to study sculpture at the University of Arizona

Began writing fiction and screenplays

First completed script, "A Player To Be Named Later" landed him an agent; later developed into "Bull Durham"

Worked at various jobs including digging ditches and dressing mannequins at Sears to support his family

Signed as second baseman by the Baltimore Orioles farm system out of college

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