F. Gary Gray
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|F. Gary Gray|
Gray at ComicCon, 2015
|Born||Felix Gary Gray
July 17, 1969
New York, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Gary Gray|
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, music video director, actor|
Felix Gary Gray (born July 17, 1969) is an American music video director, film director, film producer, and actor Gray directed Friday, Set It Off, The Negotiator, and Straight Outta Compton, as well as the remake of The Italian Job.
Life and career
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Gray was born in New York. He began his career in 1989 when he appeared uncredited in the satire comedy film Major League. Three years later, he directed the music video for Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day". The video is a literal adaptation of the lyrics. He would go on to direct subsequent videos for Ice Cube, as well as artists such as Cypress Hill, Outkast, Dr. Dre, and Queen Latifah.
At age 24, Gray directed his first film, the urban comedy Friday with rapper-producer Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. Next, he directed the film Set It Off, with Jada Pinkett and Queen Latifah. He then directed The Negotiator, which starred Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and earned Gray both Best Film and Best Director awards at the 1998 Acapulco Film Festival.
Gray also directed The Italian Job, an action-thriller starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron and Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg. Gray garnered the Best Director award at the 2004 Black American Film Festival for his work on the film, which surpassed the $100 million mark in the domestic box office.
His next film was A Man Apart, a violent action thriller starring Vin Diesel. He would later direct Be Cool, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. The John Travolta vehicle was a critical flop, but made $95.2 million worldwide.
Gray received The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement from the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center and was named one of the “50 Best and Brightest African Americans Under 40” by Black Enterprise magazine. He was honored by the African American Film Critics Association with their 2004 Special Achievement Award and was recognized by the Artist Empowerment Coalition with the Artist Empowerment Award that same year. He also received the Pioneer Director award from the Pan-African Film and Arts Festival in 2010.
He also directed the critically acclaimed drama Straight Outta Compton, which is an biographical film about the rap group, N.W.A. The film made $200 million worldwide. Gray himself announced this film as his best work ever.
Gray was recently selected as the director of the 8th installment of the Fast and Furious series.
|1995||Friday||Yes||No||Yes||Cameo as “Black Man at Store”|
|1996||Set It Off||Yes||Yes||No|
|1999||Ryan Caulfield: Year One||Yes||Yes||No||TV Series|
|2003||The Italian Job||Yes||No||No|
|2003||A Man Apart||Yes||Yes||No|
|2009||Law Abiding Citizen||Yes||No||No|
|2015||The Sea of Trees||No||Yes||No|
|2015||Straight Outta Compton||Yes||Yes||Yes||Cameo as “Greg Mack”|
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- "It Was a Good Day" by Ice Cube (1992)
- "Call Me a Mack" by Usher (1993)
- "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" by Cypress Hill (1993)
- "When The Ship Goes Down" by Cypress Hill (1993)
- "Fantastic Voyage" by Coolio (1993)
- "Natural Born Killaz" by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube (1994)
- "Saturday Nite Live" by Masta Ace Incorporated (1994)
- "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" by OutKast (1994)
- "Black Hand Side" by Queen Latifah (1994)
- "Keep Their Heads Ringin" by Dr. Dre (1995)
- "Pretty Girl" by Jon B. (1995)
- "I Believe In You And Me" by Whitney Houston (1995)
- "Waterfalls" by TLC (1995)
- "Diggin' On You" by TLC (1995)
- "How Come, How Long" by Babyface (1996)
- "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by R. Kelly (1999)
- "Ms. Jackson" by OutKast (2000)
- "Bang Bang Boom" by Drag-On (2004)
- "Show Me What You Got" by Jay-Z (2006)
- "Super High" by Rick Ross (2010)