George Gallo biography
Birth Name: George H. Gallo Jr.
Date of Birth: 1956
Growing up in New York, writer, director and producer George Gallo had originally intended to
take on a career in graphic arts. A student of a Roumanian artist, Gallo developed his art to
painting landscapes in the style of the Pennsylvania Impressionists.
He has even had three
one-man exhibitions in New York City and won the coveted Arts for the Parks Award in 1990 for
his landscape painting of the Delaware River.
While watching Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, Gallo developed a new fascination for the
moving picture. "It knocked me out," he says. "Then I took a film appreciation
course at college and really got hooked." Informed by the school that he would have to
do his first year of studies over if he switched to a film major, Gallo dropped out instead
and wrote his first screenplay.
With no experience in writing screenplays, he submitted the script Wise Guys to the only
producer based in New York, and was quickly paid $27,000 for a rewrite.
Although he thought
he had it made, for the next five years he found no work.
He took odd jobs to make ends meet, and continued to write screenplays until his first
script was sold. Wise Guys was finally made in 1986 and starred Danny DeVito and Joe
His next filmed script was the hit film Midnight Run which starred Robert De Niro and Charles
The film was so popular that three television series were made based on the film,
all of which he executive produced.
Gallo made his directorial debut on 29th Street for which he also wrote the screenplay. He
went on to write and direct films like Trapped in Paradise (1994) starring Nicolas Cage,
Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey.
This film also featured his father in a role.
Starting off the new millennium, Gallo continues to write and direct for films like
Double Take (2001) and Uncoupled (2001).
George Gallo Filmography
See Spot Run (2001)
Bad Boys (1995) (story)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
29th Street (1991)
Midnight Run (1988)
Wise Guys (1986)