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Gary Ross Biography

Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Director, screenwriter, producer, author

Fast Facts

  • Father was screenwriter who received an Oscar nomination for Brubaker (1980) and also penned The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
  • Speech writer for former President Bill Clinton and Michael Dukakis
  • Co-wrote Big (1988) with his then-next door neighbor, Anne Spielberg, sister of Steven Spielberg
  • Owned partial interest in a racehorse, Atswhatimtalkinbout, who finished fourth at the Kentucky Derby in 2003
  • Wrote the children's book Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind; the book originated as a few verses that was a favor for a friend, David Koepp, who was directing The Trigger Effect (1996) and needed a bedtime story that star Elizabeth Shue could read to her son
  • Served on Los Angeles Board of Library Commissioners
  • Grows tangerines on a working ranch north of Santa Barbara, CA and is know to give them as holiday presents to Hollywood friends


  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Writer: nominated
  • 2004Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2003Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2003Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2003Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1994Writers Guild Awards-The Paul Selvin Award: winner
  • 1994Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1993Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1989Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1988Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated