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F. Gary Gray    

Director, Film Produce & Actor; Best Known for Directing "Straight Outta Compton" & "The Italian Job"

Known for consistently pushing the envelope, spotting new trends and talent, and delivering innovative and exciting entertainment to a diverse audience, F. Gary Gray is recognized as one of the industry’s most prolific and versatile directors.

Gray is a director, film producer, music video director, and actor. He began his career as a director on numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning music videos, including "It Was a Good Day" by Ice Cube, "Natural Born Killaz" by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, and "Waterfalls" by TLC.

Gray directed and produced the critically acclaimed biopic Straight Outta Compton, which follows the birth of the gangsta rap group NWA. The film was produced by Gray (PGA), Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and was released on August 14th, 2015 by Universal Pictures.

Gray’s other films include Law Abiding Citizen (Overture Films), starring Gerard Butler and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx; Be Cool (MGM) based on Elmore Leonard’s best-selling novel starring Academy Award nominees John Travolta and Uma Thurman; The Italian Job (Paramount), a visually arresting thriller with an all-star cast, including Academy Award winner Charlize Theron and Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg; A Man Apart (New Line) starring Vin Diesel; The Negotiator (Warner Bros.) starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson; award-winning heist picture Set It Off (New Line) with Jada Pinkett Smith and Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Queen Latifah; and Friday (New Line), which launched the extremely popular Friday film franchise starring rapper-producer Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.

Gray is also a leading member of his community and has been an active supporter of numerous organizations which include the Tom Bradley Youth & Family Center, My Friend’s House Foundation, and Urban Compass, among others. He has received multiple commendations from the city of Los Angeles for his Philanthropic work. Gray is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2017, he directed The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in "The Fast and the Furious" series. The film had the second-biggest worldwide film opening since 2002 with a $541,937,239 gross and is the 18th-highest-grossing film of all time.

Gray directed the 2019 film Men in Black: International, the sequel to the popular Men in Black movies. The film starred Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Liam Neeson, and was released on June 14, 2019.


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