(Director, Co-Writer, Producer) was born in Whittier, California, and raised in
Santa Barbara. A graduate of Santa Barbara High School and Westmont College, he
received an M.F.A. in art from the University of Arizona after several years of
playing professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles' minor league system.
Shelton's first film
was 1983's political drama Under Fire. Set against the civil unrest of
the Nicaraguan revolution and starring Gene Hackman, Nick Nolte and Joanna
Cassidy, Under Fire was Shelton's first credit as a screenwriter. He
also directed second unit on that film.
The 1988 OscarĀ®
nominated screenplay, Bull Durham, was Shelton's directorial debut. The
film garnered critical acclaim for Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins
and for Shelton, including 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.
was made in 1989 and starred Paul Newman as Louisiana Governor Earl Long and
Lolita Davidovich as Blaze Starr, the stripper for whom he jeopardized his
political career. Shelton then teamed up with Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and
Rosie Perez in the 1992 playground basketball comedy White Men Can't Jump,
about two basketball hustlers who team up to run a scam on L.A.'s toughest
starring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Wuhl, was Shelton's uncompromising
depiction of one of baseball's darkest heroes. Shelton and Costner re-teamed
in 1996 with the romantic comedy Tin Cup starring Rene Russo, Don Johnson
and Cheech Marin. It tells the story of a former golf pro seeking redemption and
love while attempting to win the U.S. Open. Play It to the Bone was
released in 1999 and starred Woody Harrelson, Antonio Banderas, Lolita
Davidovich and Lucy Liu in a road movie about boxing.
Shelton directed Dark
Blue in the summer of 2001. Written by David Ayer and based on original
material by James Ellroy, this was the first script that Shelton has directed
that he did not write. It stars Kurt Russell and was released by MGM/UA in
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