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Roger Avary Biography

  • Profession: Screenwriter, Executive Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Screen Story, Sound/Sound Designer, Montage
  • Born: Aug 23, 1965
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Best known for his collaborations with [[Performer~P113658~Quentin Tarantino~quentintarantino]], Roger Avary has won a loyal fan following of his own for his darkly comedic style as both a screenwriter and director. Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada, on August 23, 1965, Roger Avary's father was a mining engineer, which caused his family to move a great deal when he was a child. By the 1980s, Avary had settled in Manhattan Beach, CA, and had developed a passionate interest in movies. In 1984, Avary wrote and directed a short film, The Worm Turns, which was named Best Film in the 16-19 age group at the LAFTA Teen Film Expo. A few years later, as Avary was struggling to get a career as a writer and director off the ground, he took a job at a video rental shop, where one of his co-workers was a like-minded film enthusiast named [[Performer~P113658~Quentin Tarantino~quentintarantino]]. It wasn't long before Avary and [[Performer~P113658~Tarantino~quentintarantino]] began comparing notes on the sort of films they hoped to make; Avary gave [[Performer~P113658~Tarantino~quentintarantino]] a copy of a short screenplay he'd written called "The Open Road," and [[Performer~P113658~Tarantino~quentintarantino]] returned it with extensive revisions. Avary began working with [[Performer~P113658~Tarantino~quentintarantino]] on a further draft of the script, and in time the project became the film [[Feature~V51149~True Romance~trueromance]], though Avary did not receive credit for the final product. Avary also contributed material which was used in the screenplays for [[Feature~V40984~Reservoir Dogs~reservoirdogs]] and [[Feature~V132230~Natural Born Killers~naturalbornkillers]], and in 1992 [[Performer~P113658~Tarantino~quentintarantino]] was finally able to bring [[Feature~V40984~Reservoir Dogs~reservoirdogs]] to the screen. After [[Feature~V40984~Reservoir Dogs~reservoirdogs]] became an independent success story, Avary helped [[Performer~P113658~Tarantino~quentintarantino]] write his follow-up, [[Feature~V131235~Pulp Fiction~pulpfiction]]; credited with the film's story, [[Feature~V131235~Pulp Fiction~pulpfiction]] earned Avary an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay of 1994. In 1994, Avary was able to use his new success as a screenwriter to launch his career as a director; he helmed the offbeat crime thriller [[Feature~V133621~Killing Zoe~killingzoe]], which [[Performer~P113658~Tarantino~quentintarantino]] helped to produce. In 1995, Avary turned his attentions to television, writing, and directing a quirky made-for-TV sci-fi film called Mr. Stitch, which was created as a pilot for a series. The Mr. Stitch series didn't sell, and neither did Odd Jobs, a noir-influenced television project Avary wrote and directed in 1997. While preparing new projects, Avary dabbled in film production, working behind the scenes on [[Feature~V175589~Boogie Boy~boogieboy]] in 1997 and [[Feature~V184641~The Last Man~thelastman]] in 1999. In 2002, Avary made his long-awaited return as a director with a screen adaptation of [[Performer~P306512~Bret Easton Ellis~breteastonellis]]' novel The Rules of Attraction; once again, Avary also wrote the screenplay. In his personal life, Avary is married, and is an outspoken vegetarian. ~ Rovi