Gregory Poirier biography
Born in Hawaii, Poirier graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor
of Fine Arts in Drama, before attending UCLA's film school.
He began his career as a director
in theater and worked in numerous playhouses including the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
In 1990, Poirier had his first screenplay, Danger Zone III, filmed. The action flick, which he
co-wrote with Jason Williams (who wrote the first two Danger Zones), convinced him to try
His next project, The Stranger, came out four years later. The action/western
about a nameless woman who comes to town and beats up a gang of violent bikers was poorly
received but did garner a best actress nomination from the Young Artist Awards.
That same year
he joined forces with Jason Williams and came out with another action/western involving
motorcycles, Death Riders.
By 1997, he dumped his action-western-bikers fascination and turned to drama.
The film Rosewood
garnered much attention from big names like Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle and director
About the injustice done to a town of African American people in Florida, the
film won numerous awards including the prestigious Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of
He followed that success with work on the popular sequel to Disney's The Lion King , The Lion
King II: Simba's Pride. A film that went straight to video, it incorporated the ever-popular
Romeo and Juliet story line.
For the beginning of the new millennium, Poirier decided to try his hand at directing again.
After penning the drama/thriller, Gossip , he got to work on directing his next
script, Tomcats .