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      Ross Thomas

      Ross Thomas

      Highest Rated: 77% Hammett (1982)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Aug 21, 1981

      Birthplace: Stockton, California, USA

      Ross Thomas was a critically acclaimed political crime/thriller novelist who, before writing 25 books in 29 years, worked as a newspaper journalist, PR director for the National Farmers Union, a diplomatic consultant for the Armed Forces Network in West Germany, and a political consultant, among other things. Much of that experience, especially his work overseas as a diplomatic consultant, would make it into his books, giving his thrillers a sense of authenticity mixed in with suspenseful entertainment. His work was often praised for its witty dialogue and, not surprisingly, often compared to that of two giants of crime literature, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Although he didn't work extensively in Hollywood, his contributions are worthwhile. In 1982, the film "Hammett" was released, directed by Wim Wenders, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and co-scripted by Thomas. The film plunged the legendary mystery novelist Dashiell Hammett into a real crime tale, but one very much influenced by his own work. Thirteen years later, the crime picture "Bad Company" was released, written by Thomas and starring Laurence Fishburne, Ellen Barkin, and Frank Langella. Cynical, complex, politically minded, and surprisingly unconventional, it was a film that could have easily come from one of his own books. His other notable screen credits include writing several episodes of the suspense show "Tales of the Unexpected," which had originally been based on stories by Roald Dahl. Thomas died in 1995.

      Highest rated movies

      Shelter
      Soul Surfer
      Dance Flick
      American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile

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      THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, FROM LEFT, ROSS THOMAS, KIM KINDRICK, 2006. ©SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELTER, Ross Thomas, Trevor Wright, 2007. ©Regent Releasing DANCE FLICK, front, from left: Damon Wayans Jr., Shoshana Bush, Christina Murphy, Ross Thomas, 2009. Ph: Glen Wilson. ©Paramount SHELTER, Ross Thomas, 2007. ©Regent Releasing SHELTER, Ross Thomas, 2007. ©Regent Releasing SHELTER, Brad Rowe, Trevor Wright, Ross Thomas, 2007. ©Regent Releasing DANCE FLICK, front, from left: Ross Thomas, Christina Murphy, 2009. Ph: Glen Wilson. ©Paramount THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO, ROSS THOMAS, STEPFANIE KRAMER, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, ROSS THOMAS, KIM KINDRICK, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, RYAN HANSEN, ROSS THOMAS, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, ROSS THOMAS, RYAN HANSEN, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, ROSS THOMAS (CENTER LEFT), CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO (CENTER RIGHT), 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, ROSS THOMAS, CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO, ROSS THOMAS, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, ROSS THOMAS, CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO, ROSS THOMAS, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, ROSS THOMAS, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO, ROSS THOMAS, 2006. ©MGM THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, KIM KINDRICK, ROSS THOMAS, 2006. ©MGM SHELTER, Ross Thomas, 2007. ©Regent Releasing

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 78% Holden On Peter Brail (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 38% Pop Star Eddie Marz (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 7% Abducted Buzz (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 22% Underground Matt Wilcox (Character) - 2011
      45% 75% Soul Surfer Noah Hamilton (Character) $43.9M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice & the White Hair The White Hair (Character) - 2010
      18% 30% Dance Flick Tyler (Character) $25.6M 2009
      60% 85% Shelter Gabe (Character) $141.3K 2007
      No Score Yet 64% The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold Alex Harrison (Character) - 2006
      0% 61% American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile Ryan Grimm (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Bugging Seth Seth (Character) - 2005
      77% 62% Hammett Screenwriter - 1982

      TV

      Credit
      41% 90% Gang Related James Tanner (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Sterling (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Break Bailey Reese (Character) 2006-2007 2009
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Doug Donovan (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: New York Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      0% No Score Yet Living With Fran Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Writer 1984-1985