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(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 AwardÂ® for Best Supporting Actor. Underwood also
directed the bittersweet fantasy-comedy
"Heart and Souls," which starred Robert Downey, Jr., Charles Grodin,
Kyra Sedgwick and Alfre Woodard. He then directed Michael Keaton and Geena Davis
in "Speechless" and "Mighty Joe Young" starring Bill Paxton
and Charlize Theron.
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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