Was greatly affected by witnessing the death of his sister in a car accident when he was 13.
Founding member of both the General Nonsense Theater Company in Florida and the Alarm Dog Repertory Theater Company in New York City.
Received his first writing job for television after a Hollywood executive saw a production of his play Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.
Openly negative about his time writing for the shows Grace Under Fire and Cybill, admitting that his anger from working on the two sitcoms fed his inspiration while writing the Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty.
2003, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
2005, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
2000, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
2002, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
2006, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Nominee
2002, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Winner
2006, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
1999, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
2010, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
2000, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
2017, Emmy — Outstanding Television Movie: Nominee
2000, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
Mary Ann Ball — Sister
Frank Ball — Father
Mary Ball — Mother
Attended Universtiy of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States; attended Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States