THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
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
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
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
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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