made his feature film directorial debut in 1990 with the science fiction comedy Tremors
. That film, which starred Kevin Bacon
and Fred Ward
, became a sleeper hit. Underwood followed that success with the blockbuster comedy, City Slickers
, starring Billy Crystal
and Jack Palance
. One of the year's top grossing films, City Slickers
earned Palance an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Underwood also
directed the bittersweet fantasy-comedy Heart and Souls, which starred Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin, Kyra Sedgwick and Alfre Woodard. He then directed Michael Keaton and Geena Davis in Speechless and Mighty Joe Young starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron.
Underwood, a graduate of the University of Southern California Film School, began making films in the fifth grade. By the time he was a teenager, he was winning Eastman Kodak filmmaking awards. After graduating from USC, Underwood completed a fellowship at the American Film Institute and then began his professional career in educational films. He directed more than 100 educational films before turning his attention to children's television for the networks and for The Disney Channel. His ABC Weekend Special, The Mouse and the Motorcycle earned both a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
Ron Underwood Facts
|Mighty Joe Young|
|Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico|
|In The Mix|
|Grey's Anatomy: Season 9|
|Heart and Souls|
|Tremors Attack Pack|
|The Mouse and the Motorcycle plus Bonus Story|