November 3, 1956 |
Castro Valley, California Per IMDB
||writer, producer, director
||Allison Thomas (2 children)
Gary Ross (born November 3, 1956 in Los Angeles, Calif) is an American film director, writer, and author. He wrote and directed the hit film The Hunger Games, as well as Pleasantville and the Best Picture nominated Seabiscuit, among others.
Gary Ross is the son of Gail and Arthur A. Ross, the latter of which was an Oscar-nominated screenwriter ("Brubaker"). He attended (though did not graduate from) the University of Pennsylvania, worked as a fisherman, worked on Ted Kennedy's 1980 Presidential campaign, consulted on both Michael Dukakis's and Bill Clinton's Presidential campaigns, and wrote a novel before being hired to write screenplays for Paramount Pictures.
Big was his first produced screenplay. Co-written with Anne Spielberg (sister of Steven), it led to an Academy Award nomination and a Writers Guild of America Award. He went on to write several other successful films, including Dave in 1993. In 1998, he wrote and directed Pleasantville, and in 2003, he wrote, directed and produced Seabiscuit, based on Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film earned seven Academy Award nominations.
Ross took on the high-profile project of co-adapting and directing the film adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. The film was released on March 23, 2012, and earned $672,826,249 worldwide as of June 2012. Although the movie was financially and critically successful, Ross opted to not adapt or direct the sequels, citing the rushed production schedule as his main reason.
Ross also wrote and produced the animated feature The Tale of Despereaux, based on the Newbery Medal-winning children's book by Kate DiCamillo. His first book, "Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind," was published by Candlewick Press in 2012. A children's book, it is written completely in verse.