Born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay (Orinda, California), Rawson Marshall Thurber (Screenwriter-Director) graduated Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Union College (Schenectady, New York) with a BA in English and Theater Arts. He went on to earn an MFA in producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California. After graduation, he wrote and directed the short film, Terry Tate, Office Linebacker which was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and soon became a much-heralded Super Bowl commercial -- also written and directed by Thurber -- that won advertising's highest honor: the Golden Lion award at Cannes. Thurber then directed his first feature screenplay, the comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story which opened as the #1 film in America, quickly earning over $100 million domestically -- and more than $150 million in worldwide box office. After this initial success, Thurber approached Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen's Union) about adapting the author's first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Chabon agreed and Thurber set about writing the screenplay that he would eventually direct. Currently, Thurber has adapted and is preparing to direct the feature film version of the classic television series "Magnum P.I." for Universal/Imagine which is set to begin shooting in the summer of 2008. He lives in Los Angeles.