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      Terry Rossio

      Terry Rossio

      Highest Rated: 95% Aladdin (1992)

      Lowest Rated: 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

      Birthday: Jul 2, 1960

      Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Oscar-nominee Terry Rossio has proved to be one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, having penned several acclaimed blockbusters with his writing partner, Ted Elliott. In 1989, the duo earned their first screenwriter credit for the monster-under-the-bed buddy-comedy "Little Monsters," which starred 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 was hired to pen the Arabian Nights tale "Aladdin." Released in 1992, the film was a critically praised blockbuster, and, while Rossio and Elliott would experiment with different genres, they often returned to family-friendly adventures--with varying degrees of success. While the 2000 treasure-questing "The Road to El Dorado" was a box-office flop that received middling reviews from critics, their 2001 effort, "Shrek," the tale of an ogre with a heart of gold, was widely praised, and earned nearly $500 million in gross revenues, attracting fans young and old and winning numerous accolades, including an Oscar nod for the writers and the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. While the fractured fairy tale proved to be the start of a "Shrek" franchise, Rossio and Elliot moved on to tales of pirates with Disney's high seas adventure, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which was so successful it led to a string of sequels, which the pair also wrote. The widely regarded screenwriters also maintain a website designed to help struggling writers:


      Screenwriters Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio at arrivals for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END Premiere, Disneyland, Anaheim, CA, May 19, 2007. Photo by: John Hayes/Everett Collection



      No Score Yet No Score Yet Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Screenwriter - 2024
      73% 68% The Amazing Maurice Screenwriter - 2022
      30% 60% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Executive Producer $172.5M 2017
      No Score Yet 69% Lovestruck: The Musical Screenwriter - 2013
      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 Writer,
      Executive Producer
      $64.0M 2006
      53% 72% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Writer $423.3M 2006
      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
      No Score Yet 20% Deja Vu Screenwriter - 1985