Underwood, Ron 1953–

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UNDERWOOD, Ron 1953–


Full name, Ronald Brian Underwood; both November 6, 1953, in Glendale, CA; married; wife's name, Sandy; children: Lauren. Education: University of Southern California, graduated; trained at producing program, American Film Institute; also attended Occidental College.

Addresses: Office—Stampede Entertainment, 3000 West Olympic Blvd., Building Three, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Agent—Jim Berkus, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Director and producer. Worked as editor and camera operator for a television production company in Milwaukee, WI; Barr Films, worked as staff director of educational films; director of several educational films. Stampede Entertainment, Santa Monica, CA, cofounder, 1991, and principal. American Film Institute, fellow.

Member: Directors Guild of America West.

Awards, Honors: Eastman Kodak Award for a short student film; George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia, 1986, for The Mouse and the Motorcycle; Daytime Emmy Award nomination (with John Clark Matthews), special class directing area, 1989, for Runaway Ralph.


Film Director:

Recorded Live (stop action film), 1977.

Assistant director, Tourist Trap, 1979.

Tremors, Universal, 1990.

City Slickers, Columbia, 1991.

Heart and Souls, Universal, 1993.

Speechless, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1994.

Mighty Joe Young (also known as Mighty Joe), Buena Vista, 1998.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (also known as Pluto Nash), Warner Bros., 1999.

Gravity, Remstar Productions, 2004.

Film Producer:

Associate producer, Crawlspace, 1986.

Executive producer, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, 1996.

Film Character Creator:

Tremors 2: Aftershocks, 1996.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Universal Studios Home Video, 2004.

Television Character Creator; Series:

Tremors (also known as Tremors: The Series), Sci–Fi Channel, 2003.

Television Director; Specials:

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (animated), ABC, 1986.

Runaway Ralph (animated), ABC, 1988.

Television Director; Movies:

Stealing Sinatra, Showtime, 2003.

Back When We Were Grownups, CBS, 2004.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico," Monk, USA Network, 2003.

"Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater," Monk, USA Network, 2003.

Television Director and Executive Producer; Pilots:

The Border, ABC, 2002.



(Story) Tremors, Universal, 1990.



DGA Magazine, January, 1999, pp. 82–86.

Starlog, December, 1998.