Alan Ball (screenwriter)
Alan Ball in 2008
|Born||May 13, 1957|
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Education||University of Georgia, Florida State University|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, director, producer|
|American Beauty (1999)|
Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
True Blood (2008–2014)
|Television||Grace Under Fire, Cybill|
He wrote the screenplay for American Beauty, for which he earned an Academy Award. He also created the series Six Feet Under and True Blood, works for which he earned an Emmy, and awards from the Writers, Directors, and Producers Guilds.
Ball was born in Marietta, Georgia, to Frank and Mary Ball, respectively an aircraft inspector and a homemaker. His older sister, Mary Ann, was killed in a car accident when Ball was 13; he was in the passenger seat at the time. He attended high school in Marietta. He went to college at the University of Georgia and Florida State University, from which he graduated in 1980 with a degree in theater arts.
After college, he began work as a playwright at the General Nonsense Theater Company in Sarasota, Florida.
Film and television career
Ball has written two films, American Beauty (1999) and Towelhead (2007), the latter of which he also produced and directed. He is also the creator, writer and executive producer of the HBO drama series Six Feet Under and True Blood. He was showrunner for True Blood for its first five seasons.
In 2010 Ball began work on a television adaptation of the crime noir novel The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston, to be titled All Signs of Death. In December 2010, after several months of pre-production, HBO cancelled production on the project.
In July 2016, it was announced that Ball's family drama Here and Now had been ordered to series by HBO. A ten-episode first season stars Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter. It was cancelled in April 2018 after one season.
Ball has discussed his Buddhist faith in numerous interviews, noting how it has influenced his film making. In an interview with Amazon.com, Ball commented on the iconic scene in American Beauty with the plastic bag, stating, "I had an encounter with a plastic bag! And I didn't have a video camera, like Ricky does... There's a Buddhist notion of the miraculous within the mundane, and I think we certainly live in a culture that encourages us not to look for that." Ball has also discussed how his Buddhism has shaped themes in Six Feet Under and True Blood, which he has substantially contributed to.
For his work in television and film, Ball has received critical acclaim and numerous awards and nominations, including an Academy Award, an Emmy a Golden Globe, and awards from the Writers, Directors, and Producers Guilds.
|"The Road to Paris, Texas"||1994||
|"Grace vs. Wade"||1994||Writer|
|"A Night at the Opera"||1995||Writer|
|"Memphis Bound"||1995||Writer, with Marc Flanagan|
|"Zing!"||1995||Teleplay, with Lee Aronsohn|
|"To Sir, with Lust"||1996||Writer|
|"Three Women and a Dummy"||1996||Writer|
|"Venice or Bust"||1996||Writer|
|"Name That Tune"||1997||Teleplay, with Michael Langworthy|
|"Regarding Henry"||1997||Story||Season 4 premiere|
|"Halloween"||1997||Teleplay, with Mark Hudis|
|"Where's a Harpoon When You Need One?"||1997||Teleplay, with Kim Friese|
|"Oh Brother!"||1998||Teleplay, with Mark Hudis|
|"Good Pop, Bad Pop"||1999||Writer|
|"An Open Book"||2001||Writer|
||Season 1 finale|
|"In The Game"||2002||Writer||Season 2 premiere|
|"Someone Else's Eyes"||2002||Writer|
|"The Last Time"||2002||Director||Season 2 finale|
|"Perfect Circles"||2003||Writer||Season 3 premiere|
|"Nobody Sleeps"||2003||Writer, with
|"I'm Sorry, I'm Lost"||2003||Director||Season 3 finale|
|"Can I Come Up Now?"||2004||Writer|
|"Untitled"||2004||Director||Season 4 finale|
|"The First Taste"||2008||Writer|
|"You'll Be the Death of Me"||2008||Director||Season 1 finale|
|"Shake and Fingerpop"||2009||Writer|
|"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"||2010||Writer|
|"Evil is Going On"||2010||Writer||Season 3 finale|
|"If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?"||2011||Writer|
|"Save Yourself"||2012||Writer||Season 5 finale|
|The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||2017||
|Five Women Wearing the Same Dress||1993||
|All That I Will Ever Be||2007||
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- "True Blood Minisode No. 2 Now Available".
- Gelman, Vlada (February 27, 2012). "True Blood Boss Alan Ball to Step Down as Showrunner After Season 5". TV Line. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
- "Alan Ball to Point Out All Signs of Death for HBO". dreadcentral.com. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
- "TV: 'Six Feet Under' Creator Discovers 'All Signs of Death'".
- James Hibberd. "'All Signs of Death' DOA at HBO". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Alan Ball: True Blood's loss is Banshee's gain". The Independent. April 19, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (July 29, 2016). "HBO Orders New Alan Ball Series, Extends Overall Deal With 'Six Feet Under' Creator". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- Petski, Denise (August 9, 2017). "'Chance' Casts David Barrera; Marwan Salama Joins Alan Ball's HBO Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 21, 2017). "Tim Robbins To Star in Alan Ball's Family Drama Series For HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- "Alan Ball Interview". Spiritualteachers.org. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Parsi, Novid (September 1, 2008). "Blood on his hands – Arts + Culture – Time Out Chicago". Time Out. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Piccalo, Gina (July 18, 2010). "'True Blood' runs through Alan Ball". Los Angeles Times.
- Robinson, Charlotte (September 5, 2008). "Alan Ball's LGBT Vision: Audio Interview". Outtake. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
He is also openly gay & a strong voice for our LGBT community.
- Delaney, Sam (July 11, 2009). "TV preview: True Blood". The Guardian. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
Ball has been lauded as a strong and significant voice for the American gay community.
- "Out Magazine | Out 100 2008". Out.com. June 23, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Serafini, Matt (June 9, 2010). "Alan Ball Gets 'Set' for True Blood Season 3". dreadcentral.com.
- Alan Ball at the Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- Alan Ball (September 9, 2008). "SF Weekly Interview: Alan Ball". SF Weekly (transcript). Interviewed by Tamara Palmer. Retrieved September 11, 2008.
- Linda Rapp (February 12, 2007). "Ball, Alan (b. 1957)". glbt Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2008.
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