|Born||1962 (age 60–61)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Film director, screenwriter|
Billy Ray (born 1962) is an American screenwriter and film director. He began writing for television and movies in 1994 with Color of Night. He has written numerous films including Captain Phillips (2013) and Richard Jewell (2019).
Ray was born in Los Angeles, and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, California. He is from a Jewish family, and attended Steven Wise Temple and Birmingham High School. Starting in 2003, he began to direct as well as write; his first film was Shattered Glass, inspired by the true story of Stephen Glass, a journalist who fabricated a majority of his stories. He was nominated for the Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for his work on this film. Breach (2007), which Ray co-wrote and directed, tells a similar story about Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and later, Russia, for more than two decades, and Eric O'Neill, who worked as his assistant and helped bring about his downfall.
He is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay to the 2012 blockbuster, The Hunger Games, and his Academy Award-nominated screenplay for the 2013 film, Captain Phillips. Ray also worked with the advertising agency Barkley to help write the AMC Theatres 2021 "We Make Movies Better" campaign starring Nicole Kidman.
|1994||Color of Night||No||Yes||No|
|2009||State of Play||No||Yes||No|
|2012||The Hunger Games||No||Yes||No|
|2015||The Breakup Girl||No||No||Yes|
|Secret in Their Eyes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Terminator: Dark Fate||No||Yes||Co-producer|
|2016–2017||The Last Tycoon||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also developer|
|2020||The Comey Rule||Yes||Yes||Yes||Miniseries|
Ray, 53, said that he and the show's executive producer, Christopher Keyser, deliberately increased the story's Jewish content because they both are Jewish