Herbert Ross

Herbert Ross

Directing
  • Birth Date:
    13 May 1927
  • Death Date:
    09 October 2001(aged 74)
  • Birth Place:
    Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Herbert Ross Movies

And the Oscar Goes To...2014-2014
Poster Boy2004producer2004
Boys on the Side1995director, producer1995
Undercover Blues1993director, executive producer1993
True Colors1991director1991
My Blue Heaven1990director1990
Steel Magnolias1989director1989
The Secret of My Success1987director, producer1987
Dancers1987director1987
Footloose1984director1984
Protocol1984director1984
Max Dugan Returns1983producer, director1983
I Ought to Be in Pictures1982director, producer1982
Pennies from Heaven1981producer, director1981
Nijinsky1980director1980
California Suite1978director1978
The Goodbye Girl1977director1977
The Turning Point1977director, producer1977
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution1976director, producer1976
Funny Lady1975director1975
The Sunshine Boys1975director1975
The Last of Sheila1973director, producer1973
Play It Again, Sam1972director1972
T.R. Baskin1971director1971
The Owl and the Pussycat1970director1970
Goodbye, Mr. Chips1969director1969
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?1966choreographer1966
Wonderful Town1958director1958

Who is Herbert Ross?

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).