MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
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
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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