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Billy Ray (screenwriter)

Billy Ray is an American screenwriter and film director. He began writing for television and movies in 1994 with Color of Night.[1] He has written numerous movies including Volcano[2] and Hart's War.[3] He was one of the creators and writers of the science fiction show Earth 2.

Billy Ray
Billy Ray in 2007
Born (1971-09-21) September 21, 1971 (age 48)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Stacy Sherman


Ray was born to a Jewish family and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, California.[4][5] Starting in 2003 he began to direct as well as write; his first film was Shattered Glass, inspired by the true story of Stephen Glass, a journalist who fabricated a majority of his stories.[6] He was nominated for the Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for his work on this film.[7] Breach (2007), which Ray co-wrote and directed, tells a similar story about Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and later Russia for more than two decades, and Eric O'Neill, who worked as his assistant and helped bring about his downfall.[8]

He is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay to the 2012 blockbuster The Hunger Games, and his Academy Award-nominated screenplay for Captain Phillips.



Year Title Credit Notes
1990 The Bobby & Larry Show Written by, producer Co-wrote with Robbie Fox, TV movie
1994 Color of Night Screenplay by, story by Co-wrote screenplay with Matthew Chapman
1995 The Shooter Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Yves André Martin & Meg Thayer, based on a story by Yves André Martin
1997 Volcano Co-wrote screenplay with Jerome Armstrong, based on a story by Jerome Armstrong
1998 Legalese Written by TV movie
2002 Hart's War Screenplay by Co-wrote with Terry George
2003 Shattered Glass Director, written by
2004 Suspect Zero Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Zak Penn, based on a story by Zak Penn
2005 Flightplan Written by Co-wrote with Peter A. Dowling
2007 Breach Director, screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Adam Mazer & William Rotko, based on a story by Adam Mazer & William Rotko
2009 State of Play Screenplay by Co-wrote with Matthew Michael Carnahan and Tony Gilroy
2012 The Hunger Games Co-wrote with Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins
2013 Captain Phillips
2015 The Breakup Girl Producer
Secret in Their Eyes Director, screenplay by
2018 Overlord Screenplay by, story by Co-wrote screenplay with Mark L. Smith
2019 Gemini Man Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with David Benioff and Darren Lemke, based on a story by Darren Lemke and David Benioff
Terminator: Dark Fate Co-wrote screenplay with David Goyer and Justin Rhodes, based on a story by James Cameron & Charles Eglee and David Goyer & Justin Rhodes
Richard Jewell


Year Title Credit Notes
1994–1995 Earth 2 Created by, story by Co-created with Michael Duggan & Carol Flint & Mark Levin
2016–2017 The Last Tycoon Developed for television by, story by, teleplay by, directed by, written for television by
TBA A Higher Loyalty Developed for television by, story by Upcoming miniseries


  1. ^ "Production Credits: Color of Night". Allmovie. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Production Credits: Volcano". Allmovie. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "Production Credits: Hart's War". Allmovie. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi. "Miniseries adds Jewish context to Fitzgerald's 'Last Tycoon'". Jewish Journal. Ray, 53, said that he and the show’s executive producer, Christopher Keyser, deliberately increased the story’s Jewish content because they both are Jewish
  5. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (November 21, 2003). "Neediness brought journalists downfall Judaism brought him back". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Hastings, Michael. "Overview: Shattered Glass". Allmovie. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Awards: Billy Ray". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  8. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "Overview: Breach". Allmovie. Retrieved March 15, 2010.

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