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      Gary Ross

      Gary Ross

      Highest Rated: 98% Big (1988)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Mr. Baseball (1992)

      Birthday: Nov 3, 1956

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      One of the most accomplished writer-directors of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gary Ross received screenwriting Oscar nominations for "Big" (1988), "Dave" (1993) and "Seabiscuit" (2003) while enjoying critical acclaim as a director of the latter picture as well as Pleasantville" (1998) and the blockbuster fantasy "The Hunger Games" (2012). Ross' best work combined a wistful longing for the innocence of times gone by with a deep-rooted passion for the power of the democratic process to effect positive change in the lives of all people. His often-sparkling dialogue, most notably in "Dave" and "Pleasantville," echoed the screwball comedy genre of the 1930s, while the doggedly optimistic tone of "Seabiscuit" and "The Tale of Despereaux" evoked comparisons with Frank Capra and Preston Sturges. Ross weathered some ups and downs after "Seabiscuit" before roaring back to the spotlight with "The Hunger Games," an eagerly anticipated film version of the popular youth fantasy novel series. Ross' ability to imbue genre pictures with resonant emotional and political content made him one of the most skilled filmmakers of the period.

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      OCEAN'S 8, (AKA OCEAN'S EIGHT), DIRECTOR GARY ROSS, 2018. PH: BARRY WETCHER/© WARNER BROS. PICTURES PLEASANTVILLE, Director, Gary Ross, discussing a scene with Reese Witherspoon & Tobey Maguire, 1998. PLEASANTVILLE, Director, Gary Ross, discussing a scene with Joan Allen & Tobey Maguire, 1998. PLEASANTVILLE, Director, Gary Ross, 1998. FREE STATE OF JONES, from left: cinematographer Benoit Delhomme (back), Charlie Anderson (front), director Gary Ross, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Watkins, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (back), on set, 2016. ph: Murray Close/© STX Entertainment FREE STATE OF JONES, from left: director Gary Ross, Matthew McConaughey, on set, 2016. ph: Murray Close/©STX Entertainment FREE STATE OF JONES, SITTING, from left: director Gary Ross, Matthew McConaughey, on set, 2016. ph: Murray Close/©STX Entertainment FREE STATE OF JONES, from left: Matthew McConaughey, director Gary Ross, on location, bunker, 2016. ph: Murray Close/©STX Entertainment OCEAN'S 8, (AKA OCEAN'S EIGHT), FROM LEFT: CATE BLANCHETT, RIHANNA (FRONT), SANDRA BULLOCK, SARAH PAULSON, DIRECTOR GARY ROSS, ON SET, 2018. PH: BARRY WETCHER/© WARNER BROS. PICTURES SEABISCUIT, director, Gary Ross, discussing a scene with, Jeff Bridges, 2003, (c) Universal OCEAN'S 8, (AKA OCEAN'S EIGHT), FROM LEFT: RIHANNA, MINDY KALING, AWKWAFINA, DIRECTOR GARY ROSS, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, ANNE HATHAWAY, ON SET, 2018. PH: BARRY WETCHER/© WARNER BROS. PICTURES THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, writer Gary Ross, on set, 2008. ©Universal SEABISCUIT, Director Gary Ross, Tobey Maguire on the set, 2003, (c) Universal SEABISCUIT, Director Gary Ross on the set, 2003, (c) Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas Cars Executive Producer - 2019
      68% 47% Ocean's 8 Director,
      Screenwriter
      $139.4M 2018
      47% 64% Free State of Jones Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $20.8M 2016
      78% 44% Z for Zachariah Executive Producer $118.5K 2015
      84% 81% The Hunger Games Director,
      Screenwriter
      $408.0M 2012
      57% 44% The Tale of Despereaux Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tale of Despereaux Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2008
      78% 75% Owning Mahowny Writer $1.0M 2003
      78% 76% Seabiscuit Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $120.1M 2003
      86% 79% Pleasantville Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $40.6M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Screenwriter - 1997
      50% 30% Trial and Error Producer $13.6M 1997
      88% 56% Lassie Screenwriter $8.3M 1994
      95% 72% Dave Screenwriter $61.0M 1993
      11% 41% Mr. Baseball Screenwriter $20.3M 1992
      98% 82% Big Writer $113.5M 1988

      TV

      Credit
      83% 85% James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Lot Judge 2007