(raised in Bloomington, Indiana) 
|Occupation||screenwriter, producer, director|
• Indiana University (BA, political science, 1971) |
• University of Southern California film school
|Genre||Drama, fiction, sport|
Early life and education
Pizzo grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of a Sicilian immigrant, and attended Indiana University where he received his bachelor's degree in political science. Pizzo was originally going to become a lawyer, but his father encouraged him to do something he enjoyed. While at IU, Pizzo joined the Sigma Nu fraternity, where he met future collaborator David Anspaugh.
Pizzo began his film/television career with Warner Brothers Television in the story development group, then moved to Time-Life Films. After serving as Vice President of Feature Film Productions there he worked with former fraternity brother Anspaugh to create Hoosiers, about a small-town Indiana high school winning the state basketball title. Hoosiers earned two Oscar Award nominations. It was named best sports film of all time by both ESPN and USA Today. It is also in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.
Later films include Rudy, about a young man with dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame; and The Game of Their Lives, about the U.S. Soccer Team beating the English team against all odds. Pizzo also was an associate producer on the made-for-TV movie Father Figure.
Pizzo is working on various projects, including a movie based on the life of baseball player Ricky Hill, and also serves on the boards of the Heartland Film Festival, Kinsey Institute, and the New Harmony Writers’ Project.
Pizzo is an avid Indiana University basketball supporter and season ticket holder.
- Hoosiers (1986) — screenwriter, co-producer
- Rudy (1993) — screenwriter, co-producer
- The Game of Their Lives (2005) — screenwriter, co-producer
- My All American (2015) - screenwriter, director
- "Profile: Angelo Pizzo" Archived October 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., New Harmony Project
- "Awards and Recognition: Distinguished Alumni Award 2010: Angelo Pizzo, BA'71, Political Science" Archived March 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2010
- Press release. "Mickey Maurer and Angelo Pizzo Fill the House: The JCC Debut of 'Mickey's Corner,' a New Talk Show with Host Mickey Maurer,"[permanent dead link] Indianapolis JCC News (Jan. 17, 2008).
- Kuchera, Peter Noble. "Filmmaker Angelo Pizzo," Indiana Public Radio (June 25, 2006).
- Pizzo profile, Internet Movie Database. Accessed Mar. 27, 2012.
- Nuwer, Hank. "Movie Screenwriter Angelo Pizzo," Archived February 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. excerpted from To the Young Writer (self-published, no date).
- Hanlon, Steve, "Pizzo brings 'Hoosiers' memories to East Chicago", nwi.com, Northwest Indiana, February 28, 2011
- "You Can Go Home Again: Interview with Angelo Pizzo", Bloom magazine, Bloomington, Indiana, August/September 2006