Director Gary Fleder brings a photographer's eye and a musician's ear to every project, be it epic film or intimate TV drama.
From courtroom drama to psychological thriller to sweeping sports epic, Fleder keeps audiences on the edges of their seats.
Fleder has made his mark not only as a master of thrillers but also as a creator of authentic and compelling period dramas.
In addition to his film credits, he is one of the industry's most successful directors of television pilots. 2015 saw Fleder at the helm of two successful pilots: "The Art of More" for Crackle and "Guilt" for Freeform (formerly ABC Family). Fleder has directed more than ten pilots that went on to become series, including "Life Unexpected" and "October Road."
Homefront, Fleder's most recent feature film, debuted in November 2013 for Open Road. The all-star cast included Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth in a script by Sylvester Stallone, based on the novel by Chuck Logan.
Fleder's film The Express (2008) brought the inspiring true story of Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis to a new generation, drawing critical praise and winning the 2009 ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie. Rob Brown's portrayal of Davis earned a nomination for an NAACP Image Award, affirming Fleder's status as an "actor's director" who gets the best from his casts.
Fleder's adaptation of John Grisham's bestselling novel Runaway Jury (2003), starring John Cusack and Academy Award® winners Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman, was a box-office smash and remains a favorite with audiences.
His feature film career began with the ensemble thriller Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), a black comedy that has earned cult status in both the U.S. and Europe. Andy Garcia headed an all-star cast that included Christopher Walken, Treat Williams, and Steve Buscemi; after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the film garnered Fleder two awards from the Cognac Festival du Film Policier. Since then, Fleder's sure-handed direction has powered such gripping thrillers as Kiss the Girls (1997), starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; Don't Say a Word (2001), which featured Brittany Murphy and starred Michael Douglas; and Impostor (2003), a sci-fi thriller based on a Philip K. Dick short story, starring Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Fleder's work in television has been equally compelling, beginning in 1993 with an award-winning episode of "Tales From the Crypt" that starred Roger Daltrey. Since then, he has directed pilots and key episodes of several dramas, including "L.A. Doctors," "Blind Justice," "The Evidence," "October Road," "Life on Mars," "Happy Town" and "The River" for ABC; and "Beauty and the Beast," "Star-Crossed," and the critically-acclaimed "Life Unexpected" for the CW. He has recently directed several episodes of DirecTV's original series, "Kingdom." Fleder also served as executive producer for "October Road" and "Life Unexpected." He collaborated with producer Tom Hanks on an episode of the the Emmy® Award winning mini-series "From The Earth To The Moon," and directed Vincent D'Onofrio in a Peabody Award-winning performance in "The Subway," a 1996 episode of "Homicide: Life on the Streets."
A graduate of USC School of Cinema and Television, Fleder was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He lives in southern California with his family and Frankie, a rescue dog.