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Producer Profile: Fred Roos


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Occupation: Producer/Writer

Fred Roos has worked with some of Hollywood's most gifted filmmakers and actors over the last three decades producing some of the most unique films of our time, including the original "Black Stallion" movie in 1979 as well as "The Black Stallion Returns" in 1983. Together, his films have earned a total of 37 Academy Award® nominations and 8 Oscars® including best picture for "The Godfather, Part II."

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Roos graduated from UCLA with a degree in Filmmaking. After making documentary films in the Army, Roos began working at a small independent studio making low budget films. He gravitated toward casting and soon began casting television shows such as "The Andy Griffith Show," "I Spy," "That Girl," and "Mayberry RFD."

Roos began formally producing in the 1960's with director Monte Hellman's film, "Backdoor to Hell." While shooting the film on location in the Phillipines, Roos and the film's star, Jack Nicholson, conceived of the story for their next collaboration with Hellman, "Flight to Fury," shot immediately after.

Roos's services as a casting director became increasingly sought after and he began casting features such as "The Godfather," "American Graffiti" and "Five Easy Pieces," "Petulia," "Fat City," and "Zabriske Point" which helped launch the careers of numerous legendary Hollywood actors.

His 30 year collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola started when Coppola asked him to cast "The Godfather" in 1971. Soon, Roos began producing for Coppola, starting with 1974's "The Conversation" which won the Palm D'Or at Cannes and was nominated for three 1975 Academy Awards® including Best Picture. "The Godfather, Part II" followed just one year later and was nominated for a total of eleven Academy Awards¨ and won six including Best Picture. Their next collaboration was the groundbreaking "Apocalypse Now" which also won the Palm D'Or as well as the Golden Globe for Best Drama. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture and won two.

Roos has since maintained a steady schedule of films spanning three decades, including Carroll Ballard's "The Black Stallion," Wim Wenders's "Hammett," Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly." Agnieszka Holland's "The Secret Garden," and Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides" as well as other collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola including "One From the Heart," "The Outsiders," "Rumble Fish," "The Cotton Club," "Gardens of Stone," "Tucker:The Man and his Dream" and the Oscar®-nominated "Godfather, Part III."

This year, in addition to "The Young Black Stallion," Roos also Executive Produced Sofia Coppola's critically acclaimed second film, "Lost in Translation," starring Bill Murray.

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