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|Born||Ronald Brian Underwood
November 6, 1953
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Occupation||Film director, producer and television director|
|Children||Larissa, Lana, Lauren|
Ronald Brian "Ron" Underwood (born November 6, 1953) is an American film director, producer and television director.
Underwood was born in Glendale, California. He was an AFS exchange student living in Ceylon which was renamed Sri Lanka. After graduating from high school he briefly attended Occidental College as a pre-med student, but transferred to the USC School of Cinema (now USC School of Cinematic Arts) after deciding to become a filmmaker. Underwood majored in cinema with a minor in anthropology.
Upon completion of his fellowship at the American Film Institute, Underwood began working as a staff director for Barr films, a company specializing in the production of educational films. Underwood directed over one hundred short films, including an adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut short story, "Deer in the Works", starring Dennis Dugan. While directing and producing short films for the educational market, Underwood pursued work in the motion picture industry. One of the first movies Underwood worked on was Futureworld (1976) as a production assistant. The film starred Blythe Danner and Peter Fonda, actors he would later direct in 2004. During the filming of Futureworld, one of his tasks was to babysit a young Gwyneth Paltrow. Soon after Underwood served as the location manager on the Peter Hyams directed motion picture, Capricorn One (1978). Another early job was acting as an assistant director to first-time director David Schmoeller on Tourist Trap, a low-budget horror film. After this he continued to direct and produce educational films for the next seven years. In 1986 Underwood established himself as a director when his animated special The Mouse and the Motorcycle won a Peabody Award, which was followed two years later by the sequel Runaway Ralph, for which he received a Daytime Emmy nomination.
Following his critically acclaimed venture into television, Underwood decided to have a go at directing feature films. His first effort was Tremors starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Reba McEntire in her acting debut. Written by his friends Brent Maddock & S. S. Wilson, it was released by Universal Studios in 1990. The film was well received by the critics and later established itself as a cult classic.
Underwood received his first taste of commercial success with 1991's City Slickers, which starred Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern and Jack Palance, who won an Academy Award for his performance. The film made $179m worldwide with a budget of only $27m. It was the tenth most successful film released in 1991 (the fifth most successful in the US). His next film, also written by Brent Maddock & S. S. Wilson, Heart and Souls (1993), was again well-received by critics but struggled at the box office (making a total of $16m in the US). It starred Robert Downey, Jr., Charles Grodin, Tom Sizemore, Kyra Sedgwick, Elisabeth Shue and Alfre Woodard. He followed this with Speechless (1994), written by Robert King and starring Michael Keaton and Geena Davis.
Given the opportunity to direct a big-budget film by Walt Disney Pictures in 1998, he was asked to direct Mighty Joe Young, a remake of the 1949 RKO film. The film, starring Charlize Theron in her first lead role, was nominated for the Academy Award for Visual Effects and featured some of the most sophisticated special effects seen in film up to that point, paving the way for later ape films like Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005). The special effects drove production costs to around $90m.
Following Mighty Joe Young, Underwood began work on Eddie Murphy fronted The Adventures of Pluto Nash. The film also starred Rosario Dawson and was filmed in Montreal, Canada. Unfortunately for Underwood, the film was greeted with universally poor reception, and proved a box-office failure.
Underwood has returned to his roots, directing both low-budget films and television. He directed Stealing Sinatra (2003) for Showtime, for which William H. Macy received an Emmy nomination, Back When We Were Grownups (2004) for the Hallmark Hall of Fame which garnered star Blythe Danner nominations for the Golden Globe and the Emmy, and In the Mix (2005), starring R&B singer Usher, Chazz Palminteri and Emmanuelle Chriqui for Lions Gate Entertainment. He directed several holiday themed movies for television: The Year Without a Santa Claus, Holiday in Handcuffs, and Santa Baby. He has directed a number of episodic television dramas, including episodes of Monk, Boston Legal, Reaper, Ugly Betty, Heroes, Chaos, Grey's Anatomy, Burn Notice, Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives, Nashville, Scandal, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Quantico and The Good Fight.
|1980||Deer in the Works||Short Film based on the story by Kurt Vonnegut in "Welcome to the Monkey House"|
|1990||Tremors||Spawned four sequels and a Syfy network TV series|
|1991||City Slickers||Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Won Best Supporting Actor, Nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Actor Comedy/Musical 1992 Golden Globe Awards|
|1993||Heart and Souls||Won Best Actor, Nominated for Best Director, Best Fantasy Film, Best Writing, Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress 1994 Saturn Awards|
|1994||Speechless||Nominated Best Actress Comedy/Musical 1995 Golden Globe Awards|
|1998||Mighty Joe Young||Remake of a 1949 film of the same name, Nominated for Best Visual Effects 1999 Oscar|
|2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash||Razzie Award nomination for Worst Director|
|2003||Stealing Sinatra||Nominated Supporting Actor 2004 Emmy|
|2005||In the Mix|
|1986||ABC Weekend Specials||Episodes The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Runaway Ralph|
|2003||Monk||Episodes Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater and Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico|
|2004||Back When We Were Grownups||TV movie|
|Boston Legal||Episodes Change of Course and The Ass Fat Jungle|
|2006||Santa Baby||TV movie|
|The Year Without A Santa Claus||Live-action Remake, TV movie|
|2007||Holiday in Handcuffs||TV movie|
|Reaper||Episodes Magic, My Brothers's Reaper, and Dirty Sexy Mongol|
|2008||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Episodes Falling in Love, What Have You Done to Me? and I Feel Sick|
|Ugly Betty||Episodes Ugly Berry and Zero Worship|
|Eli Stone||Episodes Owner of a Lonely Heart and One More Try|
|2009||Make It or Break It||Episode Where's Kaylie?|
|Drop Dead Diva||Episodes The 'F' Word and Dead Model Walking|
|Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe||TV movie|
|2010||Heroes||Episode Chapter Twelve: 'Upon This Rock'|
|Castle||Episode Food to Die For|
|Happy Town||Episode Questions and Antlers|
|No Ordinary Family||Episode No Ordinary Vigilante|
|Hellcats||Episodes Worried Baby Blues and Finish What We Started|
|2011||Chaos||Episodes Song of the North and Love and Rockets and Mincemeat|
|Necessary Roughness||Episodes Anchor Management|
|Castle||Episode Food to Die For|
|Harry's Law||Episodes American Girl and The Whole Truth|
|Deck the Halls||TV movie|
|2012||Grey's Anatomy||Episodes Suddenly and The Girl With No Name|
|Burn Notice||Episode Means and Ends|
|Desperate Housewives||Episode What's the Good of Being Good|
|Scandal||Episode Hunting Season|
|Once Upon a Time||Episodes Red-Handed and Into The Deep|
|2013||Castle||Episode Scared to Death|
|Once Upon a Time||Episodes Lost Girl and The New Neverland|
|The Glades||Episodes Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves and Fast Ball|
|Scandal||Episode Snake in the Garden|
|2014||Grey's Anatomy||Episodes Things We Said Today and You Got To Hide Your Love Away|
|Nashville||Episode We've Got Things To Do|
|Resurrection||Episodes Us Against the World and Multiple|
|Once Upon a Time||Episode Snow Drifts and White Out|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Episode A Fractured House|
|2015||Grey's Anatomy||Episode All I Could Do Is Cry|
|Once Upon a Time||Episodes Best Laid Plans and Mother and The Dark Swan|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Episode Devils You Know|
|Nashville||Episode Unguarded Moments|
|2016||Once Upon a Time||Episodes Firebird and A Bitter Draught and Wish You Were Here|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Episode Bouncing Back|
|Dead of Summer||Episode Barney Rubble Eyes|
|BrainDead||Episode Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. Are Discovered and Patched|
|Hawaii Five-0||Episode Ka hale ho 'okauweli|
|No Tomorrow||Episode No Regrets|
|2017||Once Upon a Time||Episodes Ill-Boding Patterns and The Song in Your Heart|
|The Good Fight||Episode Stoppable: Requiem for an Airdate|