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F. GARY GRAY (Directed by) is recognized as one of the industry's most prolific and versatile directors, known for pushing the envelope, and delivering innovative and exhilarating entertainment to a diverse audience. Throughout his career, Gray has excelled at bringing the most predominant themes from the pop-culture zeitgeist to the screen. With 25 years in the industry, Gray has been able to consistently and successfully maneuver between genres ranging from comedy to thriller to drama to action. Similarly, he has been able to work with a wide range of actors along the way-from discovered new talents to Academy Award winners such as Jamie Foxx, Charlize Theron and Kevin Spacey. For this work, Gray received the prestigious Excellence in the Arts Award in 2017 from the American Black Film Festival for his career achievements.

Gray most recently directed and produced the critically acclaimed biopic Straight Outta Compton, which follows the birth of the rap group N.W.A. The box-office smash was produced by Gray, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and released on August 14, 2015, by Universal Pictures. The film broke records with an opening-weekend gross of more than $60 million domestically and was No. 1 at the box office for three weeks in a row. Straight Outta Compton made more than $160 million at the domestic box office, making Gray the highest-grossing African-American director.

At the 2015 Catalina Film Festival, Gray was the recipient of the Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award. The award honors a film professional whose work embodies Stanley Kramer's qualities of social consciousness within their artistry, while taking risks to create and influence a social transformation. Straight Outta Compton was nominated for numerous awards including Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures for the Producers Guild of America, Outstanding Motion Picture for the Black Reel Awards, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical) for the NAACP Image Awards, Movie of the Year for the MTV Movie Awards, and Favorite Dramatic Movie for the People's Choice Awards. The film was named one of the 10 Most Outstanding Movies of 2015 by AFI, won Best Picture by the African-American Film Critics Association, won the MTV Movie Award for Best True Story, and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

Gray's other films include Law Abiding Citizen, which starred Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx; Be Cool, based on Elmore Leonard's best-selling novel and which starred Academy Award nominees John Travolta and Uma Thurman; The Italian Job, a visually arresting thriller with an all-star cast, including Charlize Theron and Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg; A Man Apart, which starred Vin Diesel; The Negotiator, which starred Kevin Spacey and Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson; the award-winning heist picture Set It Off, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Queen Latifah; and Friday, which launched the extremely popular Friday film franchise that starred rapper/producer Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.

Gray is one of the most successful music video directors of all time, garnering a Grammy nomination along with multiple MTV and Billboard awards for his work.

Gray is also a leading member of his community and has been an active supporter of numerous organizations, including the Tom Bradley Youth & Family Center, My Friend's House Foundation and Urban Compass, among others. He has received multiple commendations from the city of Los Angeles for his philanthropic work. Gray also received the Presidents' Lifetime Achievement award from the office of President Obama for his volunteer service.


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