Birthday: 08-06-1960
Age: 59
Star sign: Cancer

Gary A. Trousdale is an American film director. He has directed films like Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Beauty and the Beast and Hunchback of Notre Dame. His work generally has Don Hahn and Kirk Wise. He was born on 8 June 1960 in La Crescenta-Montrose, California, United States of America. He did his schooling from Crescenta Valley High School. After that, he went to Glendale College. He studied animation at California Institute of the Arts also known as CalArts where animators like Selick ("James and the Giant Peach") and John Lasseter ("Toy Story") had learned the art. Earlier, he wanted to be an architect but went on to learn animation. At CalArts, he studied for three years.

In 1982, he got hired for designing storyboards and other animation work. After that, he went on to design T-Shirts, restaurant menus, flyers etc. for Grand American Fare. He worked at Tom Carter Animation for two years where he storyboarded, animated and designed many TV shows such as ABC’s "Stanley, The Ugly Duckling". In 1985, Walt Disney Feature Animation hired him for effects animator on The Black Cauldron. Disney wanted to lay him off after the work on the film was over but he stayed on because of a series of work pertaining to his job.

Later, he was promoted to the story department of Disney Feature Animation. It was done on the recommendation of Joe Ranft. He was further promoted to the director’s post for Beauty and the Beast. Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale were on this project too as the others (the ones to whom it was assigned) had left the job. He got his breakthrough after the success of his directorial debut, the animated film, named Beauty and the Beast.

The movie received the nomination for the Academy Awards under the category “Best Picture.” It went on to win a Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) Award. After the success of Beauty and the Beast, in 1996, he directed The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In 2001, he worked on Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He also was a storyboarder for the blockbuster films like “The Lion King and “The Little Mermaid.” In 2003, he started working at DreamWorks Animation. He was a writer and director. There, he worked on films such as Shrek the Halls, Scared Shrekless and The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper. In 2014, he directed Rocky & Bullwinkle.

Gary Ross English Actor

Gary Ross

Gary Ross is an American screenplay writer, film director, and author. He is known for directing The Games. He directed Pleasantville as well Seabiscuit, a Best Picture nominated film. He was born on 3 November 1956 in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. He is the son of Arthur and Gail A. Ross. His father is a screenwriter who garnered Oscar nomination. He has a Jewish lineage. He went to the University of Pennsylvania but didn’t graduate. He worked as a fisherman. In 1980, he worked on Presidential Campaign of Ted Kennedy. He was consulted on Bill Clinton’s and Michael Dukakis’s Presidential campaigns. Before he got hired for writing the screenplays for Paramount Pictures, he wrote a novel. In 1983, he wrote for the TV series called Deadly Nightmares. He married Allison Thomas with whom he has two children. The couple got separated this year. His first screenplay that got converted into film was for the Tom Hank starrer movie named “Big” (1986). He co-wrote it with Anne Spielberg, Steven Spielberg’s sister. It received nominations for Writers Guild of America Award and Academy Awards. In 1993, he wrote for the movie named Dave which became a hit. In 1998, he directed and penned Pleasantville. He received Oscar nominations for Dave under the Best Writing (Original Screenplay) category. For Pleasantville, he received Producers Guild of America Nova Award under the Most Promising Producer category. He also won Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2003, he wrote, produced as well as directed the film called Seabiscuit which is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit: An American Legend. It went on to garner a total of seven Academy Awards nominations. He also garnered nominations for Writers Guild of America Award. He adapted the Suzanne Collins' trilogy named Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence. The film did well, commercially. Critics also praised the film for the visuals and acting of the protagonists. Even after this, he opted for not directing the sequels citing rushed production schedule as his reason. He, instead, focused on film projects like Free State of Jones (a civil war film) and Creature from the Black Lagoon. His father co-wrote the latter film. He produced and wrote the animated movie named The Tale of Despereaux which is based on Kate DiCamillo’s children's book. The book also earned Newbery Medal. The first book of the author named Bartholomew Biddle and the “Very Big Wind” is written in verse.


Gavin O Connor

Gavin O’Connor is an American playwright, producer, actor, and director, known for his work in movies such as the Tom Hardy starrer, ‘Warrior’, the Edward Norton starrer, Pride and Glory, and Tumbleweeds, among many others. Gavin is also the brother of the film producer, Greg O’Connor. Gavin O’Connor was born in the small town of Huntington in Long Island, New York, and pursued his education at the University of Pennsylvania. On graduating, O’Connor began his career in the year 1992 by writing and producing the short film, The Bet, directed by Ted Demme, featuring John Mosby, John Benjamin Hickey, and Vincent Pastore. Subsequently, in 1994, O’Connor also worked on the Kevin Corrigan starrer, American Standoff. However, it was in the year 1995 that O’Connor ventured into making feature films starting with the Dana Ashbrook starrer, Comfortably Numb. The movie was telecasted at the Boston Film Festival and The Cannes Film Festival, but failed to make an impact on the audience and critics. In 1997, O’Connor worked on writing, directing, starring, and producing the Off-Broadway stage play, Rumblings of a Romance Renaissance. In the same year, he worked on the Janet McTeer and Kimberly J. Brown starrer, Tumbleweeds, which pocketed him a Filmmaker's Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. McTeer was presented with an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Tumbleweeds. Later on, O’Connor teamed up with his brother, Greg O’Connor, to form the production firm, Solaris. In 2004, O’Connor directed Disney’s sports documentary film, ‘Miracles’, based on the story of the U.S. Men’s Hockey teams triumph at the 1980 Winter Olympics. In the same year, O’Connor produced HBO-produced biopic on the mixed martial artist, Mark Kerr, titled, The Smashing Machine. 2008 saw the O’Connor brothers write, direct, and produce the Edward Norton and Colin Farrell starrer, Pride and Glory. Three years later, they also worked on the sports drama, ‘Warrior’, which had Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, and Joel Edgerton among the cast. Nolte also pocketed an Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor. 2016 awaits O’Connor to direct the Natalie Portman starrer, Jane Got a Gun, and the Ben Affleck starrer, The Accountant. O’Connor tied the knot with the actress, Brooke Burns, in the year 2013.

Gavin O Connor English Actor