Angelo Pizzo

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Angelo Pizzo
BornChicago, Illinois
(raised in Bloomington, Indiana) [1]
Occupationscreenwriter, producer, director
Alma mater • Indiana University (BA, political science, 1971) [2]
 • University of Southern California film school
GenreDrama, fiction, sport

Angelo Pizzo is an American screenwriter and film producer, usually working on films based on a true story, and usually about athletics. He is best known for Hoosiers and Rudy.


Early life and education[edit]

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 later attended film school at the University of Southern California.[3]


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[3] he worked with former fraternity brother Anspaugh to create Hoosiers,[4] 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.[3] It is also in the Library of CongressNational 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.[5]

Pizzo is working on various projects, including a movie based on the life of baseball player Ricky Hill,[citation needed] and also serves on the boards of the Heartland Film Festival, Kinsey Institute, and the New Harmony Writers’ Project.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pizzo and his family lived in Ojai, California,[6] for about thirty years. Pizzo and his wife, Greta, moved back to Bloomington to raise their kids.[4] They divorced in 2010. He has two sons, ages 14 and 17 (as of 2012).

Pizzo is an avid Indiana University basketball supporter and season ticket holder.[citation needed]


Pizzo received an honorary doctorate from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, and was named Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian award of the State of Indiana, and various other awards.[3]

Film credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile: Angelo Pizzo" Archived October 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., New Harmony Project
  2. ^ "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
  3. ^ a b c d 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).
  4. ^ a b c Kuchera, Peter Noble. "Filmmaker Angelo Pizzo," Indiana Public Radio (June 25, 2006).
  5. ^ Pizzo profile, Internet Movie Database. Accessed Mar. 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Nuwer, Hank. "Movie Screenwriter Angelo Pizzo," Archived February 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. excerpted from To the Young Writer (self-published, no date).

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