Ron Shelton

Highest Rated: 97% Bull Durham (1988)
Birthday: Sep 15, 1945
Birthplace: Not Available
Californian Ron Shelton toyed with a sculpting career before answering the clarion call of the sports world. A basketball star in college, Shelton spent five years as a baseball player in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system. He closed out his diamond career with the Rochester Red Wings at age 25. After a series of "joe jobs," Shelton decided he needed a bit more education to survive, and went on to earn an MFA degree at Arizona State. Still drifting from one dead-end job to another, Shelton began writing screenplays, his favorite being a semi-autobiographical work about a minor league catcher titled A Player to Be Named Later. Failing to make a sale, Shelton signed on as a rewrite man and second-unit director for director Roger Spottiswoode's Under Fire (1983). Impressed by the results, Spottiswoode gave Shelton another second-unit assignment in the 1985 football comedy The Best of Times, allowing Shelton to direct the climactic gridiron sequences himself. Through the auspices of Spottiswoode, Shelton was finally able to sell A Player to Be Named Later, which, under the title Bull Durham, was directed by Shelton on a tiny budget in 1988. The film was a surprise box-office hit, making a major star out of Kevin Costner and earning Shelton a best-screenplay Oscar nomination. Shelton's next project was Blaze (1990), a near-lampoon account of the romance between Louisiana governor Earl Long(Paul Newman) and stripper Blaze Starr (Lola Davidovich). The film failed to connect with the public, but Shelton's next effort was an unadulterated hit: White Men Can't Jump (1992), an uproarious, profanity-laden study of "street basketball" that scored with black and white audiences alike. In 1994, ex-baseballer Shelton came full circle with Cobb, the much awaited biopic of controversial baseball legend Ty Cobb (Tommy Lee Jones); alas, by concentrating only on Cobb's vitriolic final years (and only peripherally on his baseball activities), the film proved a letdown to both Cobb's and Shelton's fans, ending up a box-office loser.

Highest Rated Movies



5% Just Getting Started Screenwriter 2017
75% Tales From the Script Actor 2010
No Score Yet Becoming John Ford Actor 2008
22% Bad Boys II Screenwriter $138.4M 2003
58% Dark Blue Director $9.1M 2003
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood Actor 2000
11% Play It to the Bone Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet No Vacancy Executive Producer 1999
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood Himself 1998
69% Tin Cup Screenwriter Director Producer 1996
No Score Yet Open Season Executive Producer 1996
45% The Great White Hype Screenwriter 1996
65% Cobb Director Screenwriter 1994
37% Blue Chips Screenwriter Executive Producer 1994
76% White Men Can't Jump Director Screenwriter 1992
80% Blaze Director 1989
97% Bull Durham Screenwriter Director 1988
50% Off Limits Screenwriter 1988
31% The Best of Times Screenwriter 1986
90% Under Fire Screenwriter 1983


No Score Yet Jim Rome on Showtime
  • 2012
No Score Yet 30 for 30
  • 2010


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