Rossio, Terry 1960–

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ROSSIO, Terry 1960


Born July 2, 1960, in Kalamazoo, MI. Education: California State University, Fullerton, B.A., communications.

Addresses: Agent Brian Siberell, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Writer. Ted Elliott/Terry Rossio Productions, partner; Scheherazade Productions, Los Angeles, partner with Ted Elliott.

Member: Writers Guild of America West.

Awards, Honors: Apex Award, best original fantasy, science fiction, or horror screenplay, and Fennecus Award nomination, best screenplay, both (with Ted Elliott, John Musker, and Ron Clements) 1992, for Aladdin; Annie Award, outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature production, International Animated Film Society, 2001, Fennecus Award nomination, best adapted screenplay, 2001, Apex Award nomination, best fantasy, science fiction, or horror screenplay, 2001, Academy Award nomination, best screenplay adaptation, 2002, Film Award, best adapted screenplay, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2002, Saturn Award nomination, best writing, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 2002, all (with Elliott, Joe Stillman, and Roger S. H. Schulman) for Shrek.


Film Work:

Coproducer, Shrek (animated), DreamWorks, 2001.


Screenplays; with Ted Elliott:

Little Monsters, United Artists, 1989.

(Also with John Musker and Ron Clements) Aladdin (animated), Buena Vista, 1992.

(Also with David Goyer) The Puppet Masters (also known as Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters ), Buena Vista, 1994.

(Also with Gavin Scott and Adam Rifkin) Small Soldiers, DreamWorks, 1998.

(Also with John Eskow) The Mask of Zorro (also based on a story by Elliott, Rossio, and Randall Jahnson), TriStar, 1998.

The Road to El Dorado (animated), DreamWorks, 2000.

(Also with Joe Stillman and Roger S. H. Schulman) Shrek (animated; based on a book by William Steig), DreamWorks, 2001.

(Also with Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (also based on a story by Elliott and Rossio), Buena Vista/Walt Disney, 2003.

National Treasure, Buena Vista, 2004.

Video Games:

Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair, Microsoft, 1996.


(With Ted Elliott, James Luceno, and others) The Mask of Zorro: A Novelization, Pocket Books, 1998.


Other screenplays have been based on stories by Rossio, Ted Elliott, and various collaborators, including Godzilla, released by TriStar in 1998; and Treasure Planet (animated), Buena Vista/Walt Disney, 2002.



Starlog, November, 1994.


Wordplayer,, January 10, 2004.

Writers Guild of America Web Site,, January 12, 2004.