Four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross most recently developed, co-wrote and directed the record-setting box-office hit the Hunger Games for Lionsgate Films, based on Suzanne Collins award-winning best-seller.
His first book, Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, was published by Candlewick Press. A children’s fantasy, the illustrated book is written completely in verse.
Ross launched his career as co-writer of the hit film Big, starring Tom Hanks, which earned Ross his first Academy Award® nomination. Next, Ross drew on his experience in and love of the American political process for his screenplay of the Capra-esque comedy hit Dave, for which Ross received his second Academy Award® nomination and won the esteemed Writer's Guild Paul Selvin Award.
In 1998, Ross marked his directorial debut with the ambitious and critically-acclaimed Pleasantville. In 2003, he wrote and directed the much celebrated, epic feature Seabisquit, starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Chris Cooper. The film received seven Academy Award® nominations, including best picture and best screenplay for Ross. He also received DGA and WGA award nominations, the USC Scripter Award, and numerous other guild and critical awards. Ross also developed, wrote and produced the animated adventure the Tale of Despereaux, based on Kate DiCamillo's best selling children’s novel.
Ross remains active in civic and charitable work. During his tenure as President of the Los Angeles Library, he established mentoring programs for inner city youth and expanded teenage and youth-at-risk services throughout the Los Angeles library system. For his service, he was awarded the Light of Learning Award by the Los Angeles Public Library. He has served on numerous boards and charitable organizations.
Ross is married to Allison Thomas. They live in Los Angeles with their two children.