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Also Known As: George Gallo Jr. Died:
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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, landscape painter

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Screenwriter who after getting lucky with his first script ("Wise Guys", 1986, directed by Brian De Palma) went on to produce and direct. Originally a graphic arts student, Gallo was inspired by Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" (1973) to take a film appreciation course and got hooked. When the college informed him that in order to switch majors he'd have to do his first year's studies over, he dropped out and wrote "Wise Guys" instead. It took five years to get the screenplay produced; in the meantime Gallo continued writing while supporting himself with odd jobs. His next produced script, the action comedy "Midnight Run" (1988), was based on an idea he had during a particularly difficult flight to L.A. The box-office hit starred Robert De Niro as a bounty hunter tracking a mob-connected embezzler played by Charles Grodin. It later spun off into several installments in the syndicated "Action Pack" TV-movie series, which Gallo executive produced. With "29th Street" (1991), Gallo made his directorial debut, working from his script based on a true story related to him by actor Frank Pesce. The feature was well-received and marked an auspicious debut for Gallo. In 1994 Gallo became a triple threat when...

Screenwriter who after getting lucky with his first script ("Wise Guys", 1986, directed by Brian De Palma) went on to produce and direct. Originally a graphic arts student, Gallo was inspired by Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" (1973) to take a film appreciation course and got hooked. When the college informed him that in order to switch majors he'd have to do his first year's studies over, he dropped out and wrote "Wise Guys" instead. It took five years to get the screenplay produced; in the meantime Gallo continued writing while supporting himself with odd jobs.

His next produced script, the action comedy "Midnight Run" (1988), was based on an idea he had during a particularly difficult flight to L.A. The box-office hit starred Robert De Niro as a bounty hunter tracking a mob-connected embezzler played by Charles Grodin. It later spun off into several installments in the syndicated "Action Pack" TV-movie series, which Gallo executive produced.

With "29th Street" (1991), Gallo made his directorial debut, working from his script based on a true story related to him by actor Frank Pesce. The feature was well-received and marked an auspicious debut for Gallo. In 1994 Gallo became a triple threat when he wrote, produced and directed "Trapped in Paradise" about three brothers who plan to pull a bank heist in a small town only to be smothered to distraction by the kindness of the locals. Critical reception was weak.

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  Middle Men (2010)
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  Local Color (2007)
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  DysFunKtional Family (2003) Director
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  Double Take (2001) Director
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  Trapped in Paradise (1994) Director
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  29th Street (1991) Director

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1986:
Wrote his first produced screenplay "Wise Guys", directed by Brian De Palma
1988:
Scripted "Midnight Run", a popular comedy adventure starring Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin
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Founded own production company, Sweet Revenge
1991:
Made directorial debut with "29th Street", which he also wrote and produced
1994:
Helmed the unsuccessful screen comedy "Trapped in Paradise"
1994:
Executive produced three TV-movie spin-offs of "Midnight Run" as part of the syndicated "Action Pack" series
2004:
Wrote the screenplay for "The Whole Ten Yards"
2007:
Scripted the comedy "Code Name: The Cleaner" starring Cedric the Entertainer
2010:
Wrote and directed the crime film "Middle Men," starring Luke Wilson
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Notes

An accomplished painter, Gallo has had three one-man exhibitions in New York City, and won the coveted Arts for the Parks Award in 1990 for his landscape painting of the Delaware River, the same body of water featured in "Trapped in Paradise" (From 20th Century-Fox press release material)

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father:
George Gallo Sr. Actor. Appeared in "Trapped in Paradise".

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