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SpouseAllison Thomas
FactHas completed writing the script "Sea Biscuit", which he will soon produce and direct. Has completed another script "Dog Years", which is currently on hold. [August 2002]

Gary Ross is an American director, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for directing the films Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, and The Hunger Games.

Ross was born on October 3, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. His parents were both television writers. Ross has two sisters. He attended Wesleyan University, where he majored in history.

Ross began his career as a writer for television shows such as The Wonder Years and Family Ties. He made his directorial debut with the film Pleasantville in 1998. The film was a critical and commercial success.

Ross directed the 2003 film Seabiscuit, which was based on the true story of the racehorse of the same name. The film was a critical and commercial success, and earned Ross an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

In 2012, Ross directed The Hunger Games, the first film in the popular dystopian franchise. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $700 million at the box office.

Ross has a net worth of $40 million. He has been married twice. His first marriage was to writer Barbara Avedon, with whom he has two children. His second marriage is to writer Lisa Henson, with whom he has one child.

General Info

Full NameGary Ross
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania


SpouseAllison Thomas
ParentsArthur A. Ross, Gail Ross


AwardsSaturn Award, Saturn Award for Best Writing, Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay, Paul Selvin Award, Arthur Ellis Awards for Best True Crime Book, PGA Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Satellite Award for Best Director, Producers Guild of...
MoviesOcean's Eight, Free State of Jones, The Hunger Games, The Tale of Despereaux, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville, Trial and Error, Lassie, Dave, Mr. Baseball, Big, East of Eden, Burial Rites

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1[on minimizing the use of special effects in directing The Hunger Games (2012)] We would be doing exactly what the Capitol is doing if we used 3D. We'd be exploiting what the book condemns: a mediacentric society where entertainment in that culture devolves into spectacle, and that spectacle evolves into political control.
2Family entertainment is really very necessary in our culture. Look how profitable they are. It's almost not discretionary. You need to take your family to the movies.


1Has completed writing the script "Sea Biscuit", which he will soon produce and direct. Has completed another script "Dog Years", which is currently on hold. [August 2002]
2Son of Arthur A. Ross




Ocean's Eight2018written by filming
Free State of Jones2016written by
The Hunger Games2012screenplay
The Tale of Despereaux2008writer
Pleasantville1998written by
Lassie1994written by
Lassie1994Video Game based on a film by
Dave1993written by
Mr. Baseball1992screenplay
Big1988written by
The Hitchhiker1986TV Series teleplay - 1 episode


Ocean's Eight2018filming
Free State of Jones2016
Hunger Games: Cast Interviews2012Video documentary short
The Hunger Games2012


Free State of Jones2016producer
The Tale of Despereaux2008producer
Trial and Error1997producer


Seabiscuit2003Pimlico Track Announcer
The Misery Brothers1995Redwood Stump
Dave1993Policeman #2


Short Time1990script revisions - uncredited


Che: Part One2008the producers wish to thank
Ocean's Twelve2004thanks


Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2013TV SeriesHimself
A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games Phenomenon2012Video shortHimself
Preparing the Games: A Director's Process2012Video shortHimself
The Hunger Games: A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell2012Video shortHimself
The Hunger Games: Controlling the Games2012Video shortHimself
The Hunger Games: Letters from the Rose Garden2012Video shortHimself
The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games2012Video documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2012TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2003-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
CBS This Morning2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Hunger Games: Cast Interviews2012Video documentary shortHimself
Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Movie Loft2009TV SeriesHimself
On the Lot2007TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Big: Chemistry of a Classic2007Video documentary shortHimself
Dreams on Spec2007DocumentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shootout2004TV SeriesHimself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Seabiscuit: Racing Through History2003Video documentary shortHimself
Seabiscuit: The Making of a Legend2003TV Short documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Seabiscuit'2003Video documentary shortHimself
The True Story of Seabiscuit2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Backstory2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2012BAFTA Children's AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Feature FilmThe Hunger Games (2012)
2004Hochi Film AwardHochi Film AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmSeabiscuit (2003)
2004USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardSeabiscuit (2003)
1999Nova AwardPGA AwardsMost Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion PicturesPleasantville (1998)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalPleasantville (1998)
1995Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayThe Flintstones (1994)
1994Paul Selvin Honorary AwardWriters Guild of America, USA
1990Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingBig (1988)

Nominated Awards

2013HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormThe Hunger Games (2012)
2013Bradbury AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaThe Hunger Games (2012)
2004OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureSeabiscuit (2003)
2004OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Adapted ScreenplaySeabiscuit (2003)
2004Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest WriterSeabiscuit (2003)
2004DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesSeabiscuit (2003)
2004Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeFeature Film CategorySeabiscuit (2003)
2004PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesSeabiscuit (2003)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedSeabiscuit (2003)
2004WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Adapted ScreenplaySeabiscuit (2003)
1999Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WriterPleasantville (1998)
1999HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationPleasantville (1998)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Comedy/Musical PicturePleasantville (1998)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest First FeaturePleasantville (1998)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalPleasantville (1998)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorPleasantville (1998)
1994OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenDave (1993)
1994WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenDave (1993)
1989OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenBig (1988)
1989HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationBig (1988)
1989WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenBig (1988)

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