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Also Known As: Michael Alan Garris Died:
Born: December 4, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, publicist, producer, actor, rock musician, journalist, producer, fiction writer

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A long-time fan of horror, fantasy and science fiction movies, Mick Garris successfully turned his passion into a profession as a producer-writer-director of medium budget genre fare for film and TV. Mindful of his origins, he has won some affection from fans by keeping their interests in mind as he works. This respect for the material and the audience has served him well in his collaboration with novelist-turned-screenwriter Stephen King, particularly on the popular TV miniseries version of "Stephen King's 'The Stand'" (ABC, 1994). Garris' work has been unambitious but more than adequate as he places story concerns before special effects.

A long-time fan of horror, fantasy and science fiction movies, Mick Garris successfully turned his passion into a profession as a producer-writer-director of medium budget genre fare for film and TV. Mindful of his origins, he has won some affection from fans by keeping their interests in mind as he works. This respect for the material and the audience has served him well in his collaboration with novelist-turned-screenwriter Stephen King, particularly on the popular TV miniseries version of "Stephen King's 'The Stand'" (ABC, 1994). Garris' work has been unambitious but more than adequate as he places story concerns before special effects.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Virtual Obsession (1998) Director
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  Quicksilver Highway (1997) Director
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  Fuzzbucket (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Stupids, The (1996) Reporter No 2
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 Quick and the Dead, The (1995) Young Herod'S Man
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 Stephen King: Master of Macabre (1999) Interviewee
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 Stephen King's The Shining (1997) A A Hartwell
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Lead singer of San Diego-based rock band Horsefeathers
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Contributed articles to <i>Famous Monsters of Filmland, Fangoria, Starlog</i> and & <i>Cinefantastique</i>
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Hosted "Fantasy Film Festival", a weekly 15-minute show on Los Angeles cable Channel Z featuring interviews with genre filmmakers and performers
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First guest was producer-writer-director Larry Cohen whose statement, "Every asshole has a script in his back pocket" made him decide not to show his screenplays to any of the filmmakers he met
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Worked as a receptionist for George Lucas' Star Wars Corporation
1977:
First job in publicity with Avco Embassy Pictures; project coordinator on a line of genre films including John Carpenter's "The Fog", "Escape from New York" and Joe Dante's "The Howling"
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Moved with Avco chief Bob Rehme when the exec took over production at Universal Studios; developed new techniques for promoting genre films
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Became the first publicist to go to conventions and give presentations about new genre films
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Produced an unsold half hour pilot for the USA Network about horror movies featuring a round table discussion with John Landis, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg
1982:
With John Landis, co-wrote "Coming Soon", a collection of horror movie trailers
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Hired by Steven Spielberg and John Landis to do "Making Of..." promotional documentaries on their films
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Commissioned to write several low-budget genre features which were never produced
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His agent submitted a writing sample to Amblin Entertainment
1985:
Served as story editor on "Amazing Stories"; wrote scripts for eight episodes
1985:
Episodic TV writing debut, "The Amazing Falsworth", an award-winning episode of the Spielberg-produced "Amazing Stories", helmed by Peter Hyams and starring Gregory Hines
1986:
TV directing debut, "Life on Death Row", an episode of "Amazing Stories" (also provided story)
1986:
TV-movie debut as producer-writer-director, "Fuzzbucket", aired as part of the Disney/ABC Sunday Movie; script nominated as best children's teleplay by the Writers Guild of America
1987:
Feature debut, received story credit for the Spielberg-produced "Batteries Not Included"
1988:
Feature debut as writer-director, "Critters 2: The Main Course" (co-scripted with David Twohy)
1989:
Provided story and co-wrote screenplay for "The Fly II"
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Co-created (with Tom McLoughlin) and wrote episodes for the syndicated horror-action series "She-Wolf of London/Love and Curses"; also served as executive consultant
1990:
Directed made-for-cable sequel/prequel "Psycho IV: The Beginning" for Showtime starring Anthony Perkins, Olivia Hussey and Henry Thomas; first time directing a movie star (Perkins)
1992:
First collaboration with Stephen King; directed "Stephen King's 'Sleepwalkers'" from King's original screenplay
1994:
Helmed the popular TV miniseries "Stephen King's 'The Stand'" from King's screenplay
1995:
Acting debut in bit role in Sam Raimi's "The Quick and the Dead"
1996:
Directed the TV miniseries remake of "Stephen King's 'The Shining'" (aired on ABC in 1997)
1996:
With director Stan Winston, co-scripted and provided story for the short film "Michael Jackson's 'Ghosts'"
1998:
Produced, wrote and directed the ABC TV-movie "Virtual Obsession"
2000:
Co-wrote, directed and produced the SciFi series "The Others"
2004:
Directed, produced and co-wrote "Riding the Bullet" based on the novel by Stephen King
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Notes

Garris' short fiction has been published in various magazines and book anthologies including "Hot Blood" and "Silver Scream"

"I love to be surprised. I like to see something that's better than what I'm keeping in my brain. When we're reading people, the best people always jump right out at you and its not necessarily what you originally had in mind."--Mick Garris in Drama-Logue, October 25-31, 1990

"I've always been a devotee of the dark genre. I can't say what exactly drove me into it, but it's been there since my earliest memories. I seldom remember my dreams, though I know we all dream, and maybe dark fiction and horror films have helped me touch the unconscious while awake." --Mick Garris.

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wife:
Cynthia Garris. Actor, songwriter. Married c. 1983.

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brother:
Craig Richard Garris. Born June 4, 1953; died on April 21, 1992 of complications from AIDS.

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