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RON UNDERWOOD (Director) made his feature film directorial debut in 1990 with the science fiction comedy "Tremors." That film, which starred Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, became a sleeper hit. Underwood followed that success with the blockbuster comedy, "City Slickers," starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance. One of the year's top grossing films, "City Slickers" earned Palance an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Underwood also directed the bittersweet fantasy-comedy "Heart and Souls," which starred Robert Downey, Jr., Charles Grodin, Kyra Sedgewick and Alfre Woodard. He then directed Michael Keaton and Geena Davis in "Speechless."

Underwood, a graduate of the University of Southern California Film School, began making films in the fifth grade. By the time he was a teenager, he was winning Eastman Kodak filmmaking awards. After graduating from USC, Underwood completed a fellowship at the American Film Institute and then began his professional career in educational films. He directed more than 100 educational films before turning his attention to children's television for the networks and for The Disney Channel. His ABC Weekend Special, "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" earned both a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination.


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