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      Ted Elliott

      Ted Elliott

      Highest Rated: 95% Aladdin (1992)

      Lowest Rated: 31% The Lone Ranger (2013)

      Birthday: Jul 4, 1961

      Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, USA

      Oscar nominee Ted Elliott has proved to be one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, having penned several acclaimed blockbusters with his writing partner Terry Rossio. In 1989, the duo earned their first screenwriting credit for "Little Monsters," the monster-under-the-bed buddy-comedy starring Fred Savage and Howie Mandel. Though the film was not hugely successful in theaters, the writing team caught the attention of Disney's animation studios and were hired to pen the Arabian Nights tale "Aladdin." Released in 1992, the animated adventure proved to be a critically praised hit, and while Elliott and Rossio went on to experiment with different genres, they often returned to family-friendly adventures--though with varying degrees of success. In 2000, their treasure questing adventure, "The Road to El Dorado," was a box office flop. Their 2001 effort "Shrek," which told the tale of an ogre with a heart of gold, was wildly popular, earning nearly $500 million in gross revenue, attracting fans both young and old, winning numerous accolades including an Oscar nod for the writers and an Oscar win for Best Animated Feature. While the fractured fairy tale also proved to be the start of a "Shrek" franchise, Elliott and Rossio moved on to tales of pirates, penning Disney's high seas adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." This too proved successful and has led to a string of sequels penned by the pair. Looking to give back, the widely regarded screenwriters founded a website to help struggling writers:


      Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio at arrivals for Premiere of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD''S END, Disneyland, Anaheim, CA, May 19, 2007. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection



      31% 51% The Lone Ranger Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $89.3M 2013
      33% 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $241.1M 2011
      44% 72% Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Writer $309.4M 2007
      56% 73% Déjà Vu Executive Producer $64.0M 2006
      53% 72% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Writer $423.3M 2006
      46% 76% National Treasure Writer $173.0M 2004
      80% 86% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Screenwriter $305.4M 2003
      88% 90% Shrek Writer $267.7M 2001
      No Score Yet 95% Shrek Writer - 2001
      49% 66% The Road to El Dorado Writer $50.8M 2000
      49% 45% Small Soldiers Writer $55.1M 1998
      84% 73% The Mask of Zorro Writer $93.8M 1998
      95% 92% Aladdin Writer $217.0M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aladdin Writer - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aladdin Writer - 1992
      44% 62% Little Monsters Screenwriter $542.9K 1989