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Rawson Marshall Thurber

Rawson Marshall Thurber (born February 9, 1975) is an American director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for directing the films DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004), We're the Millers (2013), Central Intelligence (2016), and Skyscraper (2018).

Rawson Marshall Thurber
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Thurber at the Hong Kong premiere of Skyscraper in July 2018
Born (1975-02-09) February 9, 1975 (age 43)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active1997–present


Early lifeEdit

Thurber was born in San Francisco, California on February 9, 1975.[1] He is the son of multimillionaire attorney, real estate professional, and inspirational speaker Marshall Thurber.[2]

He was a 1997 graduate of Union College (Schenectady, New York), where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and played wide receiver on the football team for two years. He is also a graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.[3]


Thurber worked as an assistant to screenwriter John August, beginning with the 2000 August-created television show D.C.[4] In 2002, he wrote and directed the original Terry Tate: Office Linebacker commercials for Reebok.[5]

In 2004, he wrote and directed the hit comedy film, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.[6]

He wrote and directed the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, released in 2008.[7]

He directed the 2013 hit We're the Millers, starring Jason Sudekis and Jennifer Aniston.[8] In June 2014 he was rumored to replace Edgar Wright to direct Marvel's Ant-Man, but later turned the job down.[9]

He wrote and directed 2016's action-comedy Central Intelligence with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.[10]

Most recently, Thurber wrote and directed the action film Skyscraper, reteaming the director with Dwayne Johnson. Produced by Legendary Pictures, it was released through Universal Pictures on 13 July 2018.[11] Thurber will next direct Universal /Legendary ' $150 million budget Red Notice for which he will also draft the screenplay, starring Johnson in the lead. It will be the third time the two have collaborated. Filming is set to begin in 2019 with a potential 2020 release date.[12]

Thurber won an auction in 2017 to appear in Madden NFL 18.


Year Film Director Writer Producer Actor Role
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Yes Yes No Yes Obnoxious Las Vegas Homophobe
2007 The Nines No No No Yes Game Night Guest
2008 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Yes Yes Yes No
2010 Easy A No No No Yes Quiznos Guy
2013 We're the Millers Yes No No Yes The Ultimate Border Guard
2016 Central Intelligence Yes Yes No Yes Handsome Pants-Catcher
2018 Skyscraper Yes Yes Yes No
2020 Red Notice Yes Yes No No
TBA We're the Millers 2 Yes No No No


  1. ^ Lee, Chris (2008-01-20). "From reward to risk". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  2. ^ "CA Bar Record".
  3. ^ "Rawson Thurber '97 is creator of Dodgeball". Union College News Archives. 2004-06-29. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  5. ^ "The Man Behind Reebok's Terry Tate". Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (2004-06-18). "''New York Times''". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  7. ^ The New York Times
  8. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (2015-04-22). "3-Agency Tug Of War Ends With WME Signing 'Dodgeball' Helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  9. ^ Simon Brew. "". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  10. ^ "'Central Intelligence': Rawson Marshall Thurber on Directing a Spy Comedy that Doesn't Wink at the Audience". Collider. 2016-06-19. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (May 26, 2016). "Legendary Wins Bidding War for China-Set Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Action Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  12. ^ Ben Fritz (March 9, 2018). "How Much Does Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Make for One Movie?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

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