F. Gary Gray

F. Gary Gray

Highest Rated: 88% Straight Outta Compton (2015)

Lowest Rated: 11% A Man Apart (2003)

Birthday: Jul 17, 1969

Birthplace: Not Available

Raised in South Central Los Angeles, director and producer F. Gary Gray successfully moved from a music video career to filmmaking. Starting off working for BET, Gray consistently shot his music videos in 35 mm for hip hop and rap superstars. His video for TLC's "Waterfalls" was voted Best Video of the Year at the MTV Music Video Awards. He also won several video awards for "Fantastic Voyage" by Coolio and "It Was a Good Day" by Ice Cube. Gray continued to work with Ice Cube for his directorial debut Friday, a comedy that was made for three million dollars and grossed nearly ten times that amount. His next feature was Set It Off, an action drama about four women who become bank robbers to escape the ghetto. In 1998, he moved on to big-budget action for The Negotiator, starring Samuel L. Jackson. The next year he moved to television to direct Ryan Caulfield: Year One, a short-lived Fox drama about a rookie cop. In 2003, Gray's projects included the Vin Diesel action flick A Man Apart and the crime drama The Italian Job, starring Mark Wahlberg.

Highest Rated Movies



23% Men in Black International Director 2019
67% The Fate of the Furious Director $225.7M 2017
15% The Sea of Trees Producer $20.6K 2016
88% Straight Outta Compton Executive Producer Producer Director Greg Mack $129.5M 2015
No Score Yet Friday 20th Anniversary Director 2015
26% Law Abiding Citizen Director $73.4M 2009
30% Be Cool Executive Producer Director $55.6M 2005
73% The Italian Job Director $106M 2003
11% A Man Apart Executive Producer $26.2M 2003
No Score Yet R. Kelly: Tp-2.Com: The Videos Director 2001
75% The Negotiator Director Screenwriter 1998
67% Set It Off Director Executive Producer 1996
78% Friday Black Man at Store Director 1995


14% Ryan Caulfield: Year One
Director Executive Producer


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