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Date Of BirthJuly 17, 1969
DiedApril 4, 2006, Brush Prairie, Washington, United States
FactCasablanca (1942), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), La Dolce Vita (1960), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and On the Waterfront (1954) are some of his favorite films.

F. Gary Gray (born July 17, 1969) is an American film director, producer, music video director and actor. Gray is best known for directing The Italian Job (2003), Straight Outta Compton (2015), and The Fate of the Furious (2017).

Gray was born in New York City, and raised in South Los Angeles. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he was raised by his single mother. Gray began his career as an actor, appearing in a number of music videos and television commercials. He made his feature film debut as a director with the urban drama Friday (1995).

Gray achieved critical and commercial success with The Italian Job (2003), a heist film starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. He followed this with the action films A Man Apart (2003) and The Negotiator (1998). Gray directed the biographical drama Straight Outta Compton (2015), which was a commercial and critical success. His most recent film is The Fate of the Furious (2017), the eighth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Gray has a net worth of $20 million. He has been married to actress Lela Rochon since 1992, and they have two children together.

General Info

Full NameF. Gary Gray
Date Of BirthJuly 17, 1969
DiedApril 4, 2006, Brush Prairie, Washington, United States
ProfessionFilm producer, Music Video Director, Actor, Actor, Film producer, Music Video Director
EducationLos Angeles City College, Los Angeles City College
NationalityAmerican, American


ChildrenCindy Jean Gray, Kimberly Ann Gray, April Lyn Gray, Carrie Elizabeth Gray


NominationsProducers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Video Director of the Year, Black Movie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrica...
MoviesThe Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, The Sea of Trees, Law Abiding Citizen, Be Cool, The Italian Job, A Man Apart, The Negotiator, Set It Off, Friday, Murder Was the Case, Crack House, The Brazilian Job, Kane & Lynch, R. Kelly: Tp-2.Com: The Videos, And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest ...
TV ShowsRyan Caulfield: Year One

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1I don't have a typical filmmaker background. I didn't grow up with a super eight camera or a video camera. I didn't start cutting movies when I was four or five. I actually didn't really start to get into the research of film until I was much older. I decided I wanted to direct a lot earlier than I started to do the research, which is really strange, but it is the case.


1Casablanca (1942), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), La Dolce Vita (1960), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and On the Waterfront (1954) are some of his favorite films.
2At the 1995 MTV Music Video Awards, he won Best Video of the Year for Directing the TLC's "Waterfalls" video.




The Fate of the Furious2017post-production
Straight Outta Compton2015
Law Abiding Citizen2009
Enemies2006TV Series 1 episode
Be Cool2005
Cypress Hill: The Ultimate Video Collection2004Video segment "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That"
OutKast: The Videos2003Video videos "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik", "Ms. Jackson"
R. Kelly: The R. in R&B - The Video Collection2003Video video "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
The Italian Job2003
A Man Apart2003
Ice Cube: The Videos, Volume 12003Video video "It Was a Good Day"
R. Kelly: - The Videos2001Video documentary video "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
Babyface: A Collection of Hit Videos2001Video video "How Come, How Long"
Cypress Hill: Still Smokin'2001Video documentary videos "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That", "When The Ship Goes Down"
And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos, Vol. 12000Video video "It Was a Good Day"
Ryan Caulfield: Year One1999TV Series
The Negotiator1998
Set It Off1996
TLC: Crazy Video Cool1995Video segment "Waterfalls"
Murder Was the Case: The Movie1995Video short video "Natural Born Killaz"


Straight Outta Compton2015Greg Mack
Law Abiding Citizen2009Detective with Evidence Bag (uncredited)
Be Cool: Close-Up - The Rock2005Video short
Set It Off1996Guy Driving Low Rider (uncredited)
Friday1995Black Man at Store
Crack House1989Gray (as Gary Gray)
Major League1989Extra (uncredited)


Straight Outta Compton2015producer
The Sea of Trees2015producer
Be Cool2005executive producer
A Man Apart2003executive producer
Ryan Caulfield: Year One1999TV Series executive producer
Set It Off1996executive producer


Shot Caller: From Videos to Features2002Video documentary short special thanks


Essence Ninth Annual Black Women in Hollywood2016TV MovieHimself
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHimself
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
Law in Black and White: Behind the Scenes2010Video shortHimself
The Justice of 'Law Abiding Citizen'2010Video shortHimself
'Friday' Straight Up2009Video documentary shortHimself
MMA H.E.A.T.2009TV SeriesHimself
Setting It Straight: Making 'Set It Off'2009Video documentary shortHimself
All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years2005TV MovieHimself
Be Cool, Very Cool2005Video documentary shortHimself
Be Cool: Close-Up - André 30002005Video shortHimself
Be Cool: Close-Up - Cedric the Entertainer2005Video shortHimself
Be Cool: Close-Up - Christina Milian2005Video shortHimself
Be Cool: Close-Up - Dance Partners2005Video shortHimself
Reel Comedy2005TV SeriesHimself
Punk'd2004TV SeriesHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
High Octane: Stunts from 'The Italian Job'2003Video shortHimself
Pedal to the Metal: The Making of 'The Italian Job'2003Video shortHimself
Putting the Words to the Page for 'The Italian Job'2003Video shortHimself
The Italian Job: Driving School2003Video shortHimself
The Mighty Minis of 'The Italian Job'2003Video shortHimself
Acapulco Black Film Festival2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Making the Video2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Negotiator on Location: Why Chicago1998Video documentary shortHimself


Won Awards

2016AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearStraight Outta Compton (2015)
2004Best DirectorAmerican Black Film FestivalThe Italian Job (2003)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best DirectorThe Italian Job (2003)
2003Special Achievement AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)The Italian Job (2003)
1999Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest DirectorThe Negotiator (1998)
1997Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest DirectorSet It Off (1996)
1997Special Jury PrizeCognac Festival du Film PolicierSet It Off (1996)

Nominated Awards

2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Motion PictureStraight Outta Compton (2015)
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Director, Motion PictureStraight Outta Compton (2015)
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)Straight Outta Compton (2015)
2016PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesStraight Outta Compton (2015)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
2005BET Comedy AwardBET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Theatrical FilmBe Cool (2005)
2005Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsOutstanding Achievement in DirectingBe Cool (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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