2012 The Root 100

F. Gary Gray is a leading black mainstream film director.

  • Influence: 118.6
  • Reach: 10.8
  • Substance: 6.0
  • Media Mentions: 55
  • Internet Mentions: 47700
  • Twitter Followers: 26254
  • F. Gary Gray

  • Mainstream black Hollywood director who is working with Dr. Dre on N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton."
  • Job: Film director
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @F_Gary_Gray
  • Location: New York City
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: What’s next for F. Gary Gray, one of the few mainstream black directors in Hollywood? He's collaborating with Dr. Dre on the long-awaited N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. Born in New York and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Gray got his start behind the camera directing videos for an iconic cast of black artists, including Queen Latifah, TLC, Jay-Z and Ice Cube. He collaborated with Cube to make his first feature film, Friday, which turned a healthy profit on a modest budget. Gray soon followed his initial success with action-packed flicks like Set It Off, A Man Apart, and the smash hit The Italian Job.Like his Facebook page.