Gary Scott Thompson

Gary Scott Thompson (born October 7, 1959) is an American screenwriter, television producer, and director. Thompson is notable for his work on The Fast and the Furious starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, the sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hollow Man with Kevin Bacon and Elisabeth Shue, Split Second, 88 Minutes, starring Al Pacino, and K-911 and K-9: P.I..

Gary Scott Thompson
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Thompson in 2004
Born (1959-10-07) October 7, 1959 (age 61)
Ukiah, California , U.S.
EducationNew York University (MFA)
OccupationFilm, screenwriter, television producer
Years active1987-present

As creator, showrunner, writer, and executive producer of NBC's hit series Las Vegas,[1] Thompson also directed 4 episodes and made a brief appearance as a psychotherapy patient. Recently, Thompson wrote, co-developed, and executive produced NBC and TF1's Taxi Brooklyn.

Life and careerEdit

Born in Ukiah, but spending much of his childhood in American Samoa,[2] Thompson first gained exposure to the world of entertainment actor, studying the craft from such actors as Powers Boothe.[citation needed] To pay for his education and support himself, Thompson worked in a junkyard, operated heavy equipment, delivered mail, built sets for a theatre company, tutored college students in English, taught high school in New York City, worked in a gym, was a stagehand at the Metropolitan Opera House NYC, was a reader and assistant dramaturgy at Circle Rep Theatre, and did story notes and development for a Hollywood film studio and distributor.[3]

Eventually settling on writing, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University and went to work as a playwright. Thompson's theater credits include "Small Town Syndrome," "Cowboys Don't Cry" and "Private Hells." Thompson resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

AwardsEdit

For Las Vegas, Thompson received the honor of Best Drama Series at the WIN Awards, an awards show dedicated to highlighting positive and multi-dimensional portrayals of women in media.[4] Additionally, Thompson received the first-ever Visionary Award from spinal cord injury advocacy organization Life Rolls On for the first-ever portrayal of a featured character with a SCI on national television.[5]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Film Year Writer Producer Director(s) Note
The Underachievers 1987 Yes No Jackie Kong
White Ghost 1988 Yes No BJ Davis
Split Second 1992 Yes Associate Tony Maylam & Ian Sharp
K-911 1999 Yes No Charles Kanganis Direct-to-video
Hollow Man 2000 Story No Paul Verhoeven
The Fast and the Furious 2001 Yes No Rob Cohen
K-9: P.I. 2002 Yes No Richard Lewis Direct-to-video
2 Fast 2 Furious 2003 Story No John Singleton
Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision 2003 Yes Co-Producer Steve Boyum Direct-to-video
Hollow Man 2 2006 Story No Claudio Fäh Direct-to-video
88 Minutes 2007 Yes Yes Jon Avnet

TelevisionEdit

Name Year Director Writer Producer Creator Note
The Angry Beavers 1999 No Yes No No Segment: "Stump's Family Reunion"
Las Vegas 2003-2008 Yes Yes Executive Yes Creator and executive producer (106 episodes)
Writer and director (4 episodes)
Writer (16 episodes)
The WIN Awards 2005 No No Yes No Television special
Protect and Serve 2007 No No Executive No Television film
Knight Rider 2008-2009 Yes Yes Executive No Executive producer (17 episodes)
Writer and director (Episode: ''Exit Light, Enter Knight'')
Writer (2 episodes)
Taxi Brooklyn 2014 No Yes Executive Developer Developer and executive producer (12 episodes)
Writer (4 episodes)
Himself appearance
Name Year Notes
Intimate Portrait 2003 Episode ''Vanessa Marcil''
TV Land Confidential 2007 Episode ''Locations''
Las Vegas 2008 Cameo as 'Patient' in episode ''3 Babes, 100 Guns and a Fat Chick"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bierly, Mandi (January 11, 2008). "Las Vegas: Against All Odds". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  2. ^ About, Gary Scott Thompson was born at MekMekSiwa Hospital in Pago Pago, and grew up on the South Pacific island of Pago Pago, American Samoa.
  3. ^ About, Thompson worked in a junkyard, operated heavy equipment, delivered mail, built sets for a theatre company, tutored college students in English, taught high school in New York City, worked in a gym, was a stagehand at the Metropolitan Opera House NYC, was a reader and assistant dramaturgy at Circle Rep Theatre, and did story notes and development for a Hollywood film studio and distributor.
  4. ^ "2005 Film and Television Winners". Women's Image Network Awards. September 26, 2005. Archived from the original on December 21, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Surfermag.com This year’s gala will proudly salute the work of producer Gary Scott Thompson and his hit NBC-show “Las Vegas” for its positive portrayal of the SCI community in the media.

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