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WALTER F. PARKES
(Producer), in addition to being the co-head of DreamWorks Pictures, is one of
the most active producers in Hollywood today. He most recently produced the
thriller "The Ring," starring Naomi Watts, which has grossed more than
$100 million at the box office. He also produced the summer 2002 releases:
"Minority Report," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom
Cruise; and, with his partner and wife Laurie MacDonald, the sequel "Men in
Black II," which re-teamed Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith and director
Barry Sonnenfeld. Parkes and MacDonald had earlier produced the 1997 blockbuster
"Men in Black," for which they were named ShoWest Producers of the
Parkes was also an executive producer
on the acclaimed drama "Road to Perdition," starring Tom Hanks and
Paul Newman, under the direction of Sam Mendes. Previously, Parkes served as an
executive producer on Ridley Scott's "Gladiator," which won five
Academy Awards┬«, including Best Picture, as well as Best Picture
honors from the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Broadcast Film Critics Awards, among
His additional credits as an executive
producer or producer include the Jackie Chan starrer "The Tuxedo," the
recent remake of "The Time Machine," "The Mask of Zorro,"
"Deep Impact," "Amistad," "The Peacemaker,"
"Sneakers," which he also co-wrote, "Volunteers,"
"Project X" and "True Believer."
A three-time Academy Award nominee,
Parkes earned his first nomination as the director/producer of the 1978
documentary "California Reich," which exposed neo-Nazi activities in
California. He garnered his second Oscar nomination for writing (with Lawrence
Lasker) the original screenplay for "WarGames," and his third nod for
his work as a producer on the Best Picture nominee "Awakenings."
As co-head of DreamWorks Pictures,
together with Laurie MacDonald, Parkes has overseen such successes as the Oscar┬«
and Golden Globe-winning Best Picture "American Beauty," and the
Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning drama "Saving Private Ryan,"
which was the top-grossing film domestically of 1998.
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