Born: July 17, 1969
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Felix Gary Gray (born July 17, 1969) is an American film director, film producer, music video director and actor. Gray directed Friday, Set It Off, The Negotiator, The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton, as well as the upcoming The Fate of the Furious.
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Gray was born in New York. He began his career in 1989 when he appeared uncredited in the satire comedy film Major League. Three years later, he directed the music video for Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day". The video is a literal adaptation of the lyrics. He would go on to direct subsequent videos for Ice Cube, as well as artists such as Cypress Hill, Outkast, Dr. Dre, and Queen Latifah.
At age 24, Gray directed his first film, the urban comedy Friday with rapper-producer Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. Next, he directed the film Set It Off, with Jada Pinkett and Queen Latifah. He then directed The Negotiator, which starred Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and earned Gray both Best Film and Best Director awards at the 1998 Acapulco Film Festival.
Gray also directed The Italian Job, an action-thriller starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron and Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg. Gray garnered the Best Director award at the 2004 Black American Film Festival for his work on the film, which surpassed the $100 million mark in the domestic box office.
His next film was A Man Apart, a violent action thriller starring Vin Diesel. He would later direct Be Cool, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. The John Travolta vehicle was a critical flop, but made $95.2 million worldwide.
Gray received The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement from the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center and was named one of the “50 Best and Brightest African Americans Under 40” by Black Enterprise magazine. He was honored by the African American Film Critics Association with their 2004 Special Achievement Award and was recognized by the Artist Empowerment Coalition with the Artist Empowerment Award that same year. He also received the Pioneer Director award from the Pan-African Film and Arts Festival in 2010.
He also directed the critically acclaimed drama Straight Outta Compton, which is a biographical film about the rap group, N.W.A.
Gray was selected as the director for the eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, in theaters April 14, 2017.
|1995||Friday||Yes||No||Yes||Cameo as “Black Man at Store”|
|1996||Set It Off||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gangster talking to Cleo in the lowrider|
|1999||Ryan Caulfield: Year One||Yes||Yes||No||Television pilot|
|2003||The Italian Job||Yes||No||No|
|A Man Apart||Yes||Yes||No|
|2009||Law Abiding Citizen||Yes||No||No|
|2015||The Sea of Trees||No||Yes||No|
|Straight Outta Compton||Yes||Yes||Yes||Cameo as “Greg Mack”|
|2017||The Fate of the Furious||Yes||No||No|
|Actor||Friday (1995)||Set It Off (1996)||The Negotiator (1998)||A Man Apart (2003)||The Italian Job (2003)||Be Cool (2005)||Straight Outta Compton (2015)||The Fate of the Furious (2017)||Total|
|Anna Maria Horsford||N||N||2|
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