Gary Ross (born November 3, 1956) is an American writer, director, and actor. He is best known for directing Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, both of which featured Tobey Maguire in the lead role. He is also the director and co-screenwriter of the film, The Hunger Games, which was released on March 23, 2012.
Life and career
Ross was born in Castro Valley, California, the son of screenwriter Arthur A. Ross. Ross is Jewish.
Ross’s first produced screenplay was 1988’s Big, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also received a Best Original Screenplay nomination for 1993’s Dave. He wrote early drafts of 1992’s Mr. Baseball and 1994’s Lassie. He wrote the screenplay for 1998’s Pleasantville, which also marked his directorial debut. In 2003, he wrote, directed and produced Seabiscuit based on Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted… read more
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