Roger Roberts Avary (born August 23, 1965) is a Canadian-American film and television director, screenwriter, and producer. He collaborated with Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, for which they won Best Original Screenplay at the 67th Academy Awards. Avary directed Killing Zoe, The Rules of Attraction, Lucky Day, and wrote the screenplays for Silent Hill and Beowulf.
Roger Roberts Avary
August 23, 1965
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer|
Roger Avary & Quentin Tarantino wrote the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs together, which won multiple small film festival awards, and thus brought the two into the limelight. The success of Reservoir Dogs led to a larger reception on their next collaboration together.
Avary & Quentin Tarantino collaborated on the 1994 film Pulp Fiction for which they won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. According to Tarantino, Avary originally came up with the plot of the boxer Butch Coolidge and his gold watch.
The Rules of AttractionEdit
The Rules of Attraction was the first studio film to be edited on Apple's Final Cut Pro editing system. Avary became a spokesperson for Final Cut Pro product, appearing in Apple print and web ads worldwide.
In 2006, Avary wrote a screenplay adaptation to the Konami video game, Silent Hill (2006), with French director and friend, Christophe Gans, and Killing Zoe producer Samuel Hadida. Avary and Gans being long time gamers and fans of the Silent Hill series, collaborated on the film.
On January 13, 2008, Avary was arrested under suspicion of manslaughter and DUI, following a car crash in Ojai, California, where a passenger, Andrea Zini, was killed. The Ventura County Sheriff's department responded to the crash after midnight Sunday morning on the 1900 block of East Ojai Avenue. Avary was released from jail on $50,000 bail. In December 2008, he was charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, gross vehicular manslaughter and two felony counts of causing bodily injury while intoxicated. On September 29, 2009, he was sentenced to one year in work furlough (allowing him to go to his job during the day and then report back to the furlough facility at night) and five years of probation. However, after making several tweets about the conditions of his stay on Twitter, Avary was sent to Ventura County Jail to serve out the remainder of his term.
|1994||Killing Zoe||Yes||Yes||No||Grand Prize at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival|
|Pulp Fiction||No||Story||No||Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay|
BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2002||The Rules of Attraction||Yes||Yes||Executive|
Also editor and cinematographer
|1997||Odd Jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||TV pilot|
|2012||XIII: The Series||No||Yes||Executive||13 episodes|
|1983||The Worm Turns||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|1983||The Boys||No||No||Yes||Also cinematographer|
|1987||Maximum Potential||Production assistant|
|1987||My Best Friend's Birthday||Lost film|
|1992||Reservoir Dogs||Writer of background radio dialogue|
|1994||True Romance||Uncredited writer|
|1998||Boogie Boy||Executive producer|
|2000||The Last Man||Executive producer|
|2006||36 Steps||Spiritual support|
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- Catherine Saillant (13 December 2008). "Screenwriter Roger Avary charged with gross vehicular manslaughter". Los Angeles Times.
- "Avary Given Work Furlough at Ojai Valley News Blog". Ovnblog.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
- "Screenwriter Roger Avary moved from work furlough program to jail after tweeting episode". Los Angeles Times. 27 November 2009.
- "Roger Avary: Rule Breaker". March 14, 2003.
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