Ron UnderWOOD Bio

Following graduation from the USC School of Cinema and a Fellowship at the American Film Institute, Ron Underwood began his directing career in documentary films and children’s television. In 1986, his ABC Weekend Special, THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE, earned a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination, followed in 1989 by an Emmy nomination for directing RUNAWAY RALPH.

Underwood made his feature film directing debut in 1990 with the science fiction comedy cult hit, TREMORS. In 1991, he directed the multi-award winning box office hit, CITY SLICKERS that earned an Oscar for Jack Palance. This was followed by HEART & SOULS and SPEECHLESS. In 1998, Ron directed the remake of the 1949 classic MIGHTY JOE YOUNG that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Underwood has directed movies for television as well as episodes of many popular television series, including GREY’S ANATOMY, HEROES, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, SCANDAL, BURN NOTICE, CASTLE, NASHVILLE, HAWAII FIVE-0, ONCE UPON A TIME, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, THE GOOD FIGHT, EVIL AND BIG SHOT.

RON IS A MEMBER OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES AND THE ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES.

Television – Episodic
Title Network Year
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (4 episodes) AMC 2019-21
Evil (2 episodes) Paramount+ 2019-21
Big Shot (3 episodes) Disney+ 2021
Hawaii Five-0 (4 episodes) CBS 2016-19
Magnum P.I. CBS 2018-19
Grand Hotel (1 episode) ABC 2019
Macgyver (2 episodes) CBS 2018-19
The Good Fight (3 episodes) Paramount+ 2017-18
Once Upon a Time (17 episodes) ABC 2011-16
Kevin (probably) Saves the World ABC 2017
No Tomorrow (1 episode) CW 2016
Braindead (1 episode) CBS 2016
Dead of Summer (1 episode) Freeform 2016
Quantico (1 episode) ABC 2016
Grey's Anatomy (5 episodes) ABC 2011-15
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (3 episodes) ABC 2014-16
RESURRECTION (2 episodes) ABC 2014
WITCHES OF EAST END Lifetime 2014
MISTRESSES (2 episodes) ABC 2014
NASHVILLE (2 episodes) ABC 2014-16
ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND ABC 2013
SCANDAL (2 episodes) ABC 2012-13
BURN NOTICE USA 2012
THE GLADES (3 episodes) A&E 2012-13
HARRYS LAW (2 episodes) NBC Cell
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 2011
NECESSARY ROUGHNESS USA 2011
CHAOS (3 episodes) CBS 2011
HELLCATS (2 episodes) CW 2011
NO ORDINARY FAMILY ABC 2010
HAPPY TOWN ABC 2010
CASTLE (2 episodes) ABC 2010-13
HEROES NBC 2010
DROP DEAD DIVA (2 episodes) Lifetime 2009
MAKE IT OR BREAK IT ABC Family 2009
REAPER (3 episodes) CW 2007–09
ELI STONE (2 episodes) ABC 2008
UGLY BETTY (2 episodes) ABC 2008
THE SECRET LIFE OF AN AMERICAN TEENAGER (Pilot plus 2 episodes) ABC Family 2008
BOSTON LEGAL (2 episodes) ABC 2004-2005
MONK (2 episodes) USA 2003
Feature Films
Title Network Year
IN THE MIX - Usher, Emanuelle Chriqui, Chaz Palmenteri Lionsgate 2005
THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH - Eddie Murphy, Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson WB 2002
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG - Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton Disney 1998
SPEECHLESS - Geena Davis, Michael Keaton MGM 1994
HEART AND SOULS - Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin Universal 1993
CITY SLICKERS - Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby Columbia 1991
TREMORS - Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward Universal 1990
Television - MOWS
Title Network Year
DECK THE HALLS TNT 2011
SANTA BABY 2 ABC Family 2009
HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS ABC Family 2007
A YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS NBC 2006
SANTA BABY ABC Family 2006
BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS CBS 2004
STEALING SINATRA Showtime 2003
RUNAWAY RALPH ABC 1988
THE MOUSE & THE MOTORCYCLE ABC 1986
CONTACT
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