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Ron Shelton



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Villa Capri
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2017
75% Tales From the Script
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Becoming John Ford
  • Actor
2008
23% Bad Boys II
  • Screenwriter
2003
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2003
58% Dark Blue
  • Director
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
  • Producer
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Open Season
  • Executive Producer
1996
45% The Great White Hype
  • Screenwriter
1996
64% Cobb
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1994
37% Blue Chips
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
1994
76% White Men Can't Jump
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1992
82% Blaze
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1989
97% Bull Durham
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1988
50% Off Limits
  • Screenwriter
1988
33% The Best of Times
  • Screenwriter
1986
89% Under Fire
  • Screenwriter
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
  • Director
No Score Yet Jim Rome on Showtime
2012-2015
  • Guest

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