Alan Ball

Alan Ball

Highest Rated: 95% Yellow Submarine (1968)

Lowest Rated: 49% Towelhead (2007)

Birthday: May 13, 1957

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Former playwright-turned-filmmaker Alan Ball left behind the rather anonymous and distressing world of sitcom writing to make his breakthrough as the screenwriter of the Academy Award-winning film "American Beauty" (1999). Prior to that success, Ball penned off-Broadway productions, including "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," before cutting his teeth on sitcoms like "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-98) and "Cybill" (CBS, 1994-98). Because of his fascination with dysfunctional families, he created "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05), a darkly comic drama about a family that runs a funeral home in Los Angeles after the untimely death of their patriarch (Richard Jenkins). With its morbidly funny take on mortality and those who deal with it on a daily basis, "Six Feet Under" quickly became a flagship series for HBO, while earning numerous awards and nominations. For his part, Ball established himself as one of the pre-eminent talents on television and on the big screen, earning a reputation for unflinching drama tinged with a dark sense of humor.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
86% No Score Yet Uncle Frank Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2020
69% 53% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Executive Producer - 2017
49% 58% Towelhead Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$371.4K 2007
87% 93% American Beauty Writer $130.1M 1999
95% 84% Yellow Submarine Animator $992.3K 1968

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE CINEMAX: Banshee Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet 84% Here and Now Executive Producer,
Director,
Writer
2018
90% 90% Banshee Executive Producer 2013-2016
70% 72% True Blood Executive Producer 2008-2014
81% 97% Six Feet Under Director,
Executive Producer,
Writer
2001-2005
17% No Score Yet Oh Grow Up Executive Producer,
Writer
1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Writer 1995-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE HBO: True Blood Creator,
Executive Producer
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE HBO: Six Feet Under Writer,
Creator,
Executive Producer

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