Ron Underwood biography
Date of Birth: November 6, 1953
A director who has become known for his light-hearted films, Ron Underwood
seemed fully aware of his future profession as early as Grade 5 when he
began making short films in his native Glendale, California.
attending high school, he became an exchange student in Sri Lanka where he
discovered the positive effects of American films.
During his stay he made
a short film with his Super 8 camera using the locals as the focal point.
Entitled The Dawn of Peace, the film won a number of awards while changing
the perception of the Sri Lankan people.
Though the world of film had already effected him deeply, Underwood did not
go to university for film studies, but instead took up medicine.
with his choice, he switched his major to film at the University of
There he met and befriended future long-time collaborators S.S.
Wilson and Brent Maddock, who wrote the scripts for Short Circuit (1986) and
After graduating, he and his wife moved to Milwaukee where he worked as a
cameraman and editor to a TV commercial production company. A year later,
Underwood was back at school attending The American Film Institute.
by Barr Films, he began directing informational shorts to adaptations of
He then began working on telefilms like The Mouse
and the Motorcycle.
Still searching for a way to hit the feature film industry, Underwood teamed
up with old pals Wilson and Maddock to create the comedy/horror Tremors.
The film was green lighted and by 1990, they released the critically
acclaimed sleeper hit.
A year later, Underwood released one of the year's top grossing films, the
blockbuster comedy City Slickers, starring comedian Billy Crystal.
same year, Underwood formed Stampede Entertainment with Maddock, Wilson and
producer Nancy Roberts.
Though he continued working on "relationship comedy"
through the waning years of the 1990s, he couldn't hit the same
success that City Slickers had produced.
At the start of the new millenium, he tried a new genre, sci-fi/comedy with
The Adventures Of Pluto Nash (2002) starring Eddie Murphy.
His next film, Stealing Sinatra (2003), was shown only at film festivals before airing on TV. He directed an episode of Boston Legal and the TV movie Back When We Were Grownups (2004) before returning to the big screen with In the Mix (2005).
Ron Underwood Filmography