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RON SHELTON (Written and Directed by) has continuously written, directed and produced a body of work that has garnered both critical acclaim and audience appreciation worldwide.
The Southern California native had his first success as a writer, with the political drama set against the Nicaraguan revolution, "Under Fire," which starred Gene Hackman, Nick Nolte and Joanna Cassidy. The film's director, Roger
Spottiswoode, also allowed Shelton the opportunity of directing the movie's second unit action. Spottiswoode and Shelton reteamed for the 1985 comedy "The Best of Times," starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell as two former high school athletes trying to correct a missed opportunity of glory from their football days.
Shelton drew from his experiences in minor league baseball and made his directorial debut with his Oscar nominated screenplay "Bull Durham," which made stars of its cast, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, and earned Shelton awards for Best Original Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics. He followed "Bull Durham" with "Blaze," the story of controversial Louisiana Governor Earl Long (Paul Newman) and the stripper for whom he jeopardized his political career. Shelton made a star of his female lead, Lolita Davidovich, and the film began a relationship which has lasted ever since.
His next film also made major stars of its cast, as he teamed Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez in the hit basketball comedy, "White Men Can't Jump." He next made an uncompromising profile of a baseball legend as the writer/director of "Cobb," which starred Tommy Lee Jones, Robert
Wuhl and Lolita Davidovich. The winning team of Shelton and Costner re-emerged with the romantic comedy, "Tin Cup," the story of a former golf pro who seeks redemption and the love of a woman with an attempt to win the prestigious U.S. Open. The film also starred Rene Russo, Don Johnson and Cheech Mann.
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