Alan E. Ball (born May 13, 1957) is an [1 ] American writer, director, and producer for television, film, and theatre.
He is particularly notable for writing
and American Beauty and for creating True Blood , work which earned him an Academy Award, an Emmy, and awards from the Six Feet Under Writers, Directors, and Producers Guilds.
Early life [ edit ]
Ball was born in
Marietta, Georgia, to Frank and Mary Ball, an aircraft inspector and a homemaker. He attended high school in Marietta, and went on to attend the University of Georgia and Florida State University, from which he graduated in 1980 with a degree in theater arts. [2 ] After college, he began work as a playwright at the General Nonsense Theater Company in [3 ] Sarasota, Florida. [4 ]
Film and television career [ edit ]
Ball broke into television as a writer and story editor on the
situation comedies Grace Under Fire and Cybill . [5 ]
Ball has written two films,
(1999) and American Beauty (2007), the latter of which he also produced and directed. He is also the creator, writer and executive producer of the Towelhead HBO drama series and Six Feet Under . True Blood He was [6 ] showrunner for True Blood for its first five seasons. [7 ]
In 2010 Ball began work on a television adaptation of the crime noir novel
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston, to be titled All Signs of Death. [8 ] In December 2010, after several months of pre-production, HBO cancelled production on [9 ] All Signs of Death. [10 ]
He is also one of the executive producers of the
Cinemax series . Banshee
In January 2015, it was announced that Ball's period drama
Virtuoso had had a pilot ordered by HBO. The pilot will be executively produced by Elton John. Confirmed actors to be starring in the show include Peter Macdissi, Iva Babic, Francois Civil, Lindsay Farris, Nico Mirallegro and Alex Lawther. [11 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Ball has discussed his Buddhist faith in numerous interviews, noting how it has influenced his film making. In an interview with Amazon.com, Ball commented on the iconic scene in
with the plastic bag, stating, "I had an encounter with a plastic bag! And I didn't have a video camera, like Ricky does... There's a Buddhist notion of the miraculous within the mundane, and I think we certainly live in a culture that encourages us not to look for that." American Beauty Ball has also discussed how his Buddhism has shaped themes in [12 ] and Six Feet Under which he has substantially contributed to. True Blood [13 ] [14 ]
gay and has been called "a strong voice for [the] LGBT community". In 2008 he made Out magazine's annual list of the 100 most impressive gay men and women. He lives with his partner, [15 ] Peter Macdissi (who had a recurring role in Six Feet Under as Olivier) in Los Angeles. [16 ]
Accolades [ edit ]
For his work in television and film, Ball has received critical acclaim and numerous awards and nominations, including an
Academy Award, an Emmy a Golden Globe, and awards from the Writers, Directors, and Producers Guilds. [17 ]
2000 BAFTA Film Award –
American Beauty 2002 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement –
Six Feet Under 2004 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement –
Six Feet Under 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series –
Six Feet Under 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series –
Six Feet Under 2006 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series –
Six Feet Under 2009 Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series –
True Blood 2010 Producers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series –
Television [ edit ]
Theatre [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Ball, Alan". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 36–40. ISBN 9780824211219.
^ "Ball, Alan (b. 1957)" . Retrieved . 16 May 2013
^ Devaney, Sheila. "Alan Ball (b. 1957)" . Retrieved . 16 May 2013
^ "Alan Ball" . Retrieved . 16 May 2013
^ Alan Ball at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
^ "True Blood Minisode #2 Now Available".
^ Gelman, Vlada (February 27, 2012). "True Blood Boss Alan Ball to Step Down as Showrunner After Season 5". TV Line . Retrieved . April 20, 2012
^ "Alan Ball to Point Out All Signs of Death for HBO".
^ "TV: 'Six Feet Under' Creator Discovers 'All Signs of Death. '"
^ James Hibberd. ". 'All Signs of Death' DOA at HBO" The Hollywood Reporter.
^ "Deadline: Virtuoso".
^ "Alan Ball Interview". Spiritualteachers.org . Retrieved . 2011-05-27
^ Parsi, Novid (2008-09-01). "Blood on his hands - Arts + Culture - Time Out Chicago". Chicago.timeout.com . Retrieved . 2011-05-27
^ Piccalo, Gina (2010-07-18). ". 'True Blood' runs through Alan Ball" Los Angeles Times.
^ "Out Magazine | Out 100 2008". Out.com. 2008-06-23 . Retrieved . 2011-05-27
^ "Quentin Tarantino sues his neighbour over 'blood curdling screams' from pet parrots | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2011-03-11 . Retrieved . 2013-12-30
^ Serafini, Matt (June 9, 2010). "Alan Ball Gets 'Set' for True Blood Season 3". dreadcentral.com.
^ a b Alan Ball at the Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
External links [ edit ]
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