Biography

Herbert David Ross was an American actor, choreographer, director and producer who worked predominantly in the stage and film.

Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Martha Grundfast and Louis Chester Ross, a postal clerk. At the age of 9, his mother died and his father moved the family to Miami and opened a luncheonette.

In 1942, Ross' stage debut came as "Third Witch" in a touring company of Macbeth. The next year brought his first Broadway performance credits with Something for the Boys. By 1950, he was a choreographer with the American Ballet Theatre and choreographed his first Broadway production, the Arthur Schwartz-Dorothy Fields musical adaptation of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Ross's first film assignment came as an uncredited choreographer on Carmen Jones (1954). In the UK, he choreographed The Young Ones (1961) and Summer Holiday (1963), both starring Cliff Richard. Later, he worked with Barbra Streisand as choreographer and director of musical numbers for Funny Girl (1968).

His film directorial debut came with the musical version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), made by MGM-British, with Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. He went on to direct films involving ballet, such as The Turning Point (1977), Nijinsky (1980) and Dancers (1987). Other movies of critical acclaim followed in the 1970s and 1980s such as Neil Simon's adaptations of his own plays and film adaptations of Broadway productions through his last project, Boys on the Side (1995).

Herbert David Ross was an American actor, choreographer, director and producer who worked predominantly in the stage and film.

Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Martha Grundfast and Louis Chester Ross, a postal clerk. At the age of 9, his mother died and his father moved the family to Miami and opened a luncheonette.

In 1942, Ross' stage debut came as "Third Witch" in a touring company of Macbeth. The next year brought his first Broadway performance credits with Something for the Boys. By 1950, he was a choreographer with the American Ballet Theatre and choreographed his first Broadway production, the Arthur Schwartz-Dorothy Fields musical adaptation of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Ross's first film assignment came as an uncredited choreographer on Carmen Jones (1954). In the UK, he choreographed The Young Ones (1961) and Summer Holiday (1963), both starring Cliff Richard. Later, he worked with Barbra Streisand as choreographer and director of musical numbers for Funny Girl (1968).

His film directorial debut came with the musical version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), made by MGM-British, with Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. He went on to direct films involving ballet, such as The Turning Point (1977), Nijinsky (1980) and Dancers (1987). Other movies of critical acclaim followed in the 1970s and 1980s such as Neil Simon's adaptations of his own plays and film adaptations of Broadway productions through his last project, Boys on the Side (1995).

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 27

Birthday 1927-05-13

Day of Death 2001-10-09

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1995 Boys on the Side Director
1993 Undercover Blues Director
1991 True Colors Director
1990 My Blue Heaven Director
1989 Steel Magnolias Director
1987 Dancers Director
1987 The Secret of My Success Director
1984 Protocol Director
1984 Footloose Director
1983 Max Dugan Returns Director
1982 I Ought to Be in Pictures Director
1981 Pennies from Heaven Director
1980 Nijinsky Director
1978 California Suite Director
1977 The Goodbye Girl Director
1977 The Turning Point Director
1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Director
1975 The Sunshine Boys Director
1975 Funny Lady Director
1973 The Last of Sheila Director
1972 Play It Again, Sam Director
1971 T.R. Baskin Director
1970 The Owl and the Pussycat Director
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Director
1958 Wonderful Town Director

Production

2004 Poster Boy Producer
1995 Boys on the Side Producer
1993 Undercover Blues Executive Producer
1987 The Secret of My Success Producer
1983 Max Dugan Returns Producer
1982 I Ought to Be in Pictures Producer
1981 Pennies from Heaven Producer
1977 The Turning Point Producer
1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Producer
1973 The Last of Sheila Producer

Crew

1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Choreographer

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