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Also Known As: David Ward, David Schad Ward, David S Ward Died:
Born: October 24, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Providence, Rhode Island, USA Profession: director, screenwriter

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David S. Ward specialized in writing and directing feature films which often used a familiar backdrop to tell an unfamiliar tale. He got his big break when he sold "Steelyard Blues/The Final Crash", a film about a D.A. embarrassed by his ex-con brother and his ex-hooker girlfriend, to Michael and Julia Phillips in 1971. Released in 1973, the film starred Howard Hesseman as the lawyer, Donald Sutherland as his brother and Jane Fonda as the girl. Most critics found it entertaining, but it was not as popular as the other Ward-Phillips 1973 collaboration, "The Sting". Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the movie was about the gambling con job deluxe. Meticulously directed by George Roy Hill, featuring a wonderful cast (besides Newman and Redford, there was Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan and Ray Walston) and fueled partly by Marvin Hamlisch's score adapted from Scott Joplin rags, "The Sting" was a popular and critical hit. It went on to win seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and one for Ward's original screenplay.

David S. Ward specialized in writing and directing feature films which often used a familiar backdrop to tell an unfamiliar tale. He got his big break when he sold "Steelyard Blues/The Final Crash", a film about a D.A. embarrassed by his ex-con brother and his ex-hooker girlfriend, to Michael and Julia Phillips in 1971. Released in 1973, the film starred Howard Hesseman as the lawyer, Donald Sutherland as his brother and Jane Fonda as the girl. Most critics found it entertaining, but it was not as popular as the other Ward-Phillips 1973 collaboration, "The Sting". Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the movie was about the gambling con job deluxe. Meticulously directed by George Roy Hill, featuring a wonderful cast (besides Newman and Redford, there was Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan and Ray Walston) and fueled partly by Marvin Hamlisch's score adapted from Scott Joplin rags, "The Sting" was a popular and critical hit. It went on to win seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and one for Ward's original screenplay.

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  Down Periscope (1996) Director
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  Major League II (1994) Director
3.
  Program, The (1993) Director
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  King Ralph (1991) Director
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  Major League (1989) Director
6.
  Cannery Row (1982) Director

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Born in Providence, Rhode Island
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Raised in Cleveland, Ohio
1958:
Screenwriting debut, "Steelyard Blues"
1973:
First successful film as screenwriter, "The Sting"; won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay
1982:
Feature directing debut "Cannery Row"; also scripted
1988:
Co-wrote the screen adaptation of "The Milagro Beanfield War"
1989:
Enjoyed hit as writer-director of the sports comedy "Major League"
1993:
Wrote and directed the controversial sports film "The Program" about a college football team; one scene where the team members lie down in moving traffic created a stir when young men emulated it
1993:
Contributed to the script for Nora Ephron's "Sleepless in Seattle"; shared Academy Award nomination
1994:
Producing debut, "Major League II"; also scripted
1996:
Stumbled with the lame comedy "Down Periscope"
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Education

Pomona College: Pomona , California - 1967
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1970

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wife:
Rosana DeSoto. Actor. Married on September 20, 1980.

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father:
Robert McCollum Ward.
mother:
Miriam Ward.
son:
Joaquin Atwood Ward.
daughter:
Sylvana Bonifacia DeSoto Ward.
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