The Info List - David S. Ward

David Schad Ward[1] (born October 25, 1945) is an American film director and screenwriter. His screenplay for The Sting
The Sting
(1973) won him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


1 Life and early career 2 Comeback and Major League 3 Teaching and present career 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Life and early career[edit] Ward was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Miriam (née Schad) and Robert McCollum Ward.[1] Ward has degrees from Pomona College (BA), as well as both USC and the UCLA Film School
UCLA Film School
(MFA). He was employed at an educational film production company when he sold his screenplay for The Sting
The Sting
(1973), which led to an Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay. After this initial success, his follow-up projects were less critically and commercially well received, including Ward's maiden directorial effort, Cannery Row
Cannery Row
(1982), and a sequel The Sting
The Sting
II (1983).[2] Furthermore, Ward's efforts to sell a script based on the frontier days of California were undone by an industry-wide "ban" on Westerns after the spectacular failure of Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980). He then wrote the comedy Saving Grace (1985) under a pseudonym. Comeback and Major League[edit] Sting star Robert Redford
Robert Redford
contracted Ward in 1986 to work on the Redford-directed The Milagro Beanfield War. The response to this project enabled Ward to convince Morgan Creek Productions
Morgan Creek Productions
and Mirage Productions to bankroll Major League (1989), a baseball comedy that he'd been pitching to producers without success since 1982. Major League was a labor of love for Ward, who had lived in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid
South Euclid
as a child and who had rooted for the Indians' teams of the 1950s, including the 1954 American League
American League
Champions. "I figured the only way they were ever going to win anything in my lifetime was to do a movie and they'd win," says Ward. Within 10 years, the Indians would appear in the World Series twice, then again in 2016. Major League and Ward's subsequent efforts as a writer and director, King Ralph
King Ralph
(1991) and Major League II
Major League II
(1994), were about underdogs who triumphed over the gadflies and nay-sayers of the world. He later scored a box-office coup with his screenplay (in collaboration with Nora Ephron) for 1993's Sleepless in Seattle. He went back to the well, directing the sequel Major League II, and then moved on to the Naval comedy Down Periscope
Down Periscope
(1996) starring Kelsey Grammer. He also did uncredited rewrites on The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
(1998)[3][4] Teaching and present career[edit] Ward currently is a professor at Chapman University, in southern California, where he teaches screenwriting and directing, and acts as a Filmmaker in Residence for the campus. Another ten years would pass before Ward was credited on another film, Flyboys, a 2006 World War I
World War I
drama starring James Franco
James Franco
directed by Tony Bill
Tony Bill
(who was a producer on The Sting). In 2010 it was announced that there would be a Major League 4, starring many of the same cast as the previous films. As of late 2012, the script for the film is reportedly finished, but the film is still in pre-production. Filmography[edit]

Steelyard Blues
Steelyard Blues
(1973) (writer) The Sting
The Sting
(1973) (writer) Cannery Row
Cannery Row
(1982) The Sting
The Sting
II (1983) (writer) Saving Grace (1985) (writer) The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War
(1988) (writer) Major League (1989) King Ralph
King Ralph
(1991) Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (writer) The Program (1993) Major League II
Major League II
(1994) Down Periscope
Down Periscope
(1996) The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
(1998) (writer) Flyboys (2006) (writer)


^ a b " David S. Ward
David S. Ward
Biography (1947?-)". filmreference.com.  ^ DAVID WARD: BACK FROM THE BRINK: DAVID WARD DAVID WARD DAVID WARD Greco, Mike. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Feb 1982: k32. ^ Giles Hardie. " David S. Ward
David S. Ward
interview - The Sting". The Sydney Morning Herald.  ^ "Touche For `Mask Of Zorro'". tribunedigital-thecourant. 

External links[edit]

David S. Ward
David S. Ward
on IMDb Platt, Ben MLB.com, "Popularity of 'Major League' remains," 7 April 2009

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Films directed by David S. Ward

Cannery Row
Cannery Row
(1982) Major League (1989) King Ralph
King Ralph
(1991) The Program (1993) Major League II
Major League II
(1994) Down Periscope
Down Periscope

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Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay


Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges
(1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz
Herman J. Mankiewicz
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1941) Michael Kanin
Michael Kanin
and Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1942) Norman Krasna (1943) Lamar Trotti (1944) Richard Schweizer (1945) Muriel Box and Sydney Box (1946) Sidney Sheldon (1947) No award (1948) Robert Pirosh (1949) Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr. and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1950) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg
Budd Schulberg
(1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse
Albert Lamorisse
(1956) George Wells (1957) Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (1958) Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro (1959) I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder


William Inge
William Inge
(1961) Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi, and Alfredo Giannetti (1962) James Webb (1963) Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff (1964) Frederic Raphael (1965) Claude Lelouch
Claude Lelouch
and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1968) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward
David S. Ward
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt, and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman


Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe


Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
and Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele

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