Ross Thomas

Ross Thomas

Highest Rated: 75% Hammett (1982)

Lowest Rated: 0% American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006)

Birthday: Aug 21, 1981

Birthplace: Stockton, California, USA

Ross Thomas was a critically acclaimed political crime/thriller novelist who, before writing 25 books in 29 years, worked as a newspaper journalist, PR director for the National Farmers Union, a diplomatic consultant for the Armed Forces Network in West Germany, and a political consultant, among other things. Much of that experience, especially his work overseas as a diplomatic consultant, would make it into his books, giving his thrillers a sense of authenticity mixed in with suspenseful entertainment. His work was often praised for its witty dialogue and, not surprisingly, often compared to that of two giants of crime literature, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Although he didn't work extensively in Hollywood, his contributions are worthwhile. In 1982, the film "Hammett" was released, directed by Wim Wenders, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and co-scripted by Thomas. The film plunged the legendary mystery novelist Dashiell Hammett into a real crime tale, but one very much influenced by his own work. Thirteen years later, the crime picture "Bad Company" was released, written by Thomas and starring Laurence Fishburne, Ellen Barkin, and Frank Langella. Cynical, complex, politically minded, and surprisingly unconventional, it was a film that could have easily come from one of his own books. His other notable screen credits include writing several episodes of the suspense show "Tales of the Unexpected," which had originally been based on stories by Roald Dahl. Thomas died in 1995.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 88% Holden On Peter Brail (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 7% Abducted Buzz (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 9% Pop Star Eddie Marz (Character) - 2013
45% 75% Soul Surfer Noah Hamilton (Character) $43.9M 2011
No Score Yet 22% Underground Matt Wilcox (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice & the White Hair The White Hair (Character) - 2010
18% 30% Dance Flick Tyler (Character) $25.6M 2009
60% 85% Shelter Gabe (Character) $141.3K 2007
No Score Yet 64% The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold Alex Harrison (Character) - 2006
0% 61% American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile Ryan Grimm (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Bugging Seth Seth (Character) - 2005
75% 62% Hammett Screenwriter - 1982

TV

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41% 89% Gang Related James Tanner (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 86% Navy NCIS Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Sterling (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Break Bailey Reese (Character) 2009 2006-2007
No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 84% CSI: New York Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
0% No Score Yet Living With Fran Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2005

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