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Schwary, Ronald L. 1944- (Ron Schwary, Ronald Schwary)

Schwary, Ronald L. 1944- (Ron Schwary, Ronald Schwary)

PERSONAL

Full name, Ronald Louis Schwary; born May 23, 1944, in The Dalles, OR; son of Mitchell Louis and Lorraine (maiden name, Ablan) Schwary; married Susan Carol (a hairstylist); children: Brian L. (an actor), Neil L. (an actor). Education: University of Southern California, B.S., business and film, 1967; took an assistant director's training program with the Directors Guild of America. Politics: Republican. Religion: Roman Catholicism.

Addresses:

Agent—International Creative Management, 10250 Constellation Way, Ninth Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Career:

Director, producer, and actor. Schwary Enterprises, Los Angeles, president, beginning 1985; some sources cite Schwary as the president of Red Truck Productions, Inc., Los Angeles, beginning 1985.

Member:

Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Directors Guild of America Award (with Gene Reynolds and Wesley J. McAfee), outstanding directorial achievement in a comedy series, 1973, for the pilot of M*A*S*H; National Board of Review Award, best film—English language, and New York Film Critics Circle Award, best picture, both 1980, Academy Award, best picture, Golden Globe Award, best motion picture—drama, Directors Guild of America Award, outstanding directorial achievement in motion pictures, and Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, best film, all 1981, and nomination for the Award of the Japanese Academy, best foreign language film, 1982, all with others, all for Ordinary People; Academy Award nomination (with Norman Jewison and Patrick J. Palmer), best picture, 1985, for A Soldier's Story; Crystal Apple Award, City of New York, 2001.

CREDITS

Film Executive Producer:

Absence of Malice, Columbia, 1981.

Havana, Universal, 1990.

Scent of a Woman, Universal, 1992.

(As Ronald Schwary) Sabrina, Paramount, 1995.

(As Ronald Schwary; with others) The Mirror Has Two Faces, TriStar, 1996.

Meet Joe Black (also known as Joe Black), Universal, 1998.

Random Hearts, Columbia, 1999.

Film Producer:

Ordinary People, Paramount, 1980.

Tootsie (also known as Would I Lie to You?), Columbia, 1982.

Let's Spend the Night Together (documentary; also known as Rocks Off and Time Is on Our Side), Embassy Pictures, 1983.

A Soldier's Story, Columbia, 1984.

*batteries Not Included, Universal, 1987.

Cops and Robbersons, TriStar, 1994.

Film Associate Producer:

Shadow of the Hawk, Columbia, 1976.

California Suite (also known as Neil Simon's "California Suite"), Columbia, 1978.

The Electric Horseman, Columbia/Universal, 1979.

Film Assistant Director:

(As Ron Schwary) Second assistant director, Save the Tiger, Paramount, 1973.

First assistant director, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974.

First assistant director, Breakout, Columbia, 1975.

First assistant director, Breakheart Pass, United Artists, 1976.

St. Ives, Warner Bros., 1976.

Shadow of the Hawk, Columbia, 1976.

Casey's Shadow, Columbia, 1978.

Film Production Manager:

California Suite (also known as Neil Simon's "California Suite"), Columbia, 1978.

The Electric Horseman, Columbia/Universal, 1979.

Absence of Malice, Columbia, 1981.

(As Ronald Schwary) Sabrina, Paramount, 1995.

Film Unit Production Manager:

(Additional scenes) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (also known as CE3K, The Close Encounter of the Third Kind, and Watch the Skies), Columbia, 1977, special edition released as Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition.

The Cheap Detective (also known as Neil Simon's "The Cheap Detective"), Columbia, 1978.

Ordinary People, Paramount, 1980.

Havana, Universal, 1990.

Film Appearances:

Danny, The Ultimate Thrill (also known as The Ultimate Chase), General Film Corporation, 1974.

Cab driver, The Cheap Detective (also known as Neil Simon's "The Cheap Detective"), Columbia, 1978.

Ticket seller, Casey's Shadow, Columbia, 1978.

Phil Weintraub, Tootsie (also known as Would I Lie to You?), Columbia, 1982.

(As Ronald Schwary) Louie, *batteries Not Included, Universal, 1987.

The producer, Cops and Robbersons, TriStar, 1994.

(As Ronald Schwary) Sheik, Sabrina, Paramount, 1995.

Television Work; Series:

Producer and (as Ron Schwary) second unit director, Tour of Duty (also known as Operation Vietnam), CBS, 1987-90.

Executive producer, Now and Again, CBS, 1999-2000.

Co-executive producer and producer, Fling (also known as When I Grow Up), Fox, beginning 2001.

Line producer, Medium, NBC, 2004-2006.

Executive producer, Medium, NBC, 2005—.

Television Work; Miniseries:

Assistant director, The Blue Knight, NBC, 1973.

Television Work; Movies:

First assistant director, The Stranger Who Looks Like Me, ABC, 1974.

Assistant director, In the Glitter Palace (also known as A Woman Accused), NBC, 1977.

Unit production manager, In the Glitter Palace (also known as A Woman Accused), NBC, 1977.

Television Work; Specials:

First assistant director, The Entertainer, NBC, 1976.

Television Director; Episodic:

Kung Fu, ABC, multiple episodes in 1973.

(Some sources cite as Ron Schwary) "USO Down," Tour of Duty (also known as Operation Vietnam), CBS, 1988.

(Some sources cite as Ronald Schwary) "The Man That Got Away," Sisters, NBC, 1996.

"The Eggman Cometh," Now and Again, CBS, 2000.

"Film at Eleven," Now and Again, CBS, 2000.

"Being Mrs. O'Leary's Cow," Medium, NBC, 2005.

"Allison Wonderland," Medium, NBC, 2006.

"Twice upon a Time," Medium, NBC, 2006.

"Everything Comes to a Head," Medium, NBC, 2007.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

Now and Again, CBS, 1999.

(With others) Jo, CBS, 2002.

(With others) Partners and Crime (also known as Violent Crime), CBS, 2003.

The Meant to Be's, CBS, 2008.

Television Work; Other; Pilots:

Director, M*A*S*H (also known as MASH), CBS, 1972.

Production manager, The Brotherhood, ABC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Himself, The 53rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1981.

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