GEORGE GALLO (Director/Co-Writer) moved from Mamaroneck, New York, to Los Angeles in 1982, and arrived with only $800 in his pocket. After four years of struggle in a town that eats you up and spits you out, his screenplay, Wise Guys, was produced, starring Danny Devito and Joe Piscopo. He next went on to write Midnight Run, starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, considered an all-time classic comedy. His other screenplay credits include Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, See Spot Run, The Whole Ten Yards, as well as numerous other screenplays.
When Gallo first stepped behind the camera, he helmed his screenplay, 29th Street, starring Danny Aiello and Anthony LaPaglia, which earned critical acclaim. He returned again to direct Trapped In Paradise, starring Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey. His other directing credits include Double Take, featuring comedian Eddie Griffin from a screenplay he wrote and DysFUNKtional Family, that was written by Eddie Griffin and starred him as well. More recently, Gallo wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Local Color starring Academy AwardÂ® nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl, Trevor Morgan and Ray Liotta that he shot in New Orleans pre-Katrina and My Mom's New Boyfriend, starring Antonio Banderas and Meg Ryan. He also directed and co-wrote the film Columbus Circle starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Jason Lee and Kevin Pollak, which will be releasing soon.
Originally attending college as a fine arts major, Gallo was inspired after seeing Martin Scorsese's 1973 film Mean Streets and became a film major instead. When the school informed him that he couldn't switch majors without repeating his first year's studies, he decided to drop out and ended up writing his first film, Wise Guys.
Multi-talented, Gallo also paints landscapes in the style of the Pennsylvania Impressionists and has won the coveted Arts For The Parks Award in 1990. In addition, he has had three one-man exhibitions in New York City for his paintings. His other talents include being an accomplished saxophone player who played in both the marching band as well as a jazz ensemble in his hometown of Port Chester, New York.
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