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Born: July 28, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jackson, Tennessee, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, producer, songwriter, singer, novelist, youth minister (Methodist)

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After graduating from Duke University, Tennessee-born Randall Wallace relocated to Los Angeles and began writing novels. Within several months, he had landed at Stephen Cannell Productions as a producer and writer. Wallace went on to work in those capacities on the series "J.J. Starbuck" (NBC, 1987-88), starring Dale Robertson, the short-lived "Sonny Spoon" (NBC, 1988), with Mario Van Peebles, and "Broken Badges" (CBS, 1990-91).

After graduating from Duke University, Tennessee-born Randall Wallace relocated to Los Angeles and began writing novels. Within several months, he had landed at Stephen Cannell Productions as a producer and writer. Wallace went on to work in those capacities on the series "J.J. Starbuck" (NBC, 1987-88), starring Dale Robertson, the short-lived "Sonny Spoon" (NBC, 1988), with Mario Van Peebles, and "Broken Badges" (CBS, 1990-91).

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  Secretariat (2010)
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  We Were Soldiers (2002) Director
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  Thunder Boat Row (1989) Creator

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 Rookie, The (2002) Texas Oilman
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 Family Tree (2001) Interviewee
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Born and raised in Tennessee
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While attending Duke, started a record company, with himself as the only client
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Briefly worked at Opryland in Tennessee
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Moved to Los Angeles
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Began writing novels
1978:
Wrote first screenplay, the unproduced "Bully Brigade"
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Landed job at Stephen Cannell Productions
1987:
Was co-producer and story editor for "J.J. Starbuck" (NBC)
1988:
Created and wrote premiere of "Sonny Spoon" (NBC); also series co-producer
1989:
Co-produced and wrote busted pilot "Thunder Boat Row"
1990:
Wrote premiere of "Broken Badges" (CBS); also served as co-executive producer
1995:
Feature screenwriting debut, "Braveheart"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations
1998:
Made feature directorial debut with remake of "The Man in the Iron Mask"
2001:
Penned the script for the big budget epic "Pearl Harbor"
2002:
Wrote and directed "We Were Soldiers," a Vietnam War drama starring Mel Gibson
2008:
Wrote several songs with singer/songwriter Richard Marx; one of those songs, "Flame In Your Fire" appears on Marx's album <i>Emotional Remains</i>
2008:
Executive produced and narrated "Fight or Die" for the Discovery Channel
2010:
Appeared as himself in the seventh season of HBO's "Entourage"
2010:
Directed the biopic "Secretariat," about the racehorse that won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1973
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Education

E C Glass High School: Lynchburg , Virginia -
Duke University: Durham , North Carolina - 1971

Notes

Not to be confused with photographer Randall Wallace.

Wallace has written an 1,112-page unpublished novel "Love and Honor".

He founded Wallace Literary, a place in L.A. for writers to go to work in an environment that is "nuturing and inspiring".

"In terms of a style of writing, the big surprise and transition was that, in television, you're expected to have your complete story mapped out because you never just wrote the screenplay. I didn't like that much. I understood why it was necessary, but I thought that was a prescription for hackneyed writing," --Wallace on his work for the small screen, quoted in scr(i)pt, The Screenwriter's Magazine, March/April 1998.

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"The Russian Rose"
"So Late Into the Night"
"Blood of the Lamb"
"Where Angels Watch"
"Brave Heart" Pocket Books
"Pearl Harbor"
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