F. GARY GRAY received critical praise for his second feature,
Set It Off (1996), a gripping action drama starring Jada
Pinkett, Queen Latifah, and Vivica A. Fox that became New Line's
highest grossing film of that year and won a Congnac Film Festival
Award. His debut feature was the hit comedy Friday (1995),
starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker; made for a budget of $2 million,
the motion picture grossed $30 million, making it one of the most
profitable of 1995.
Before beginning his film career, Gray worked as a freelance news
cameraman, eventually becoming a pioneer and award winning music
video director. He has directed videos for artists like Whitney
Houston, Ice Cube, TLC, Babyface and Stevie Wonder.
In 1995, Gray directed the video for Coolio's hit Fantastic
Voyage which earned him the Billboard Music Video Award for
Best Rap Video and Best New Artist Rap Video and an MTV Award
for Best Rap Video. Gray's video for Ice Cube's It Was a Good
Day was included in Rolling Stone's "Top 100 Videos of
All Time." To date, Gray has received 16 awards and 23 nominations
for his direction of various music videos, including an Image
Award from the NAACP for TLC's Waterfalls.
Gray is currently working on The Nutty Professor II (1999),
with Eddie Murphy.
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