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Born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay (Orinda, California), RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER, p.g.a. (Written and Directed by/Produced by) graduated cum laude with departmental honors from Union College (Schenectady, New York) with a bachelor of arts in English and theater arts. He went on to earn a master of fine arts in producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California.

Shortly after graduation, he wrote and directed the short film Terry Tate, Office Linebacker, which was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and soon became a much-heralded Super Bowl commercial-also written and directed by Thurber-that won advertising's highest honor: the Golden Lion Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. The groundbreaking 60-second spot is continually ranked as one of the top three Super Bowl commercials of all time.

Thurber then directed his first feature screenplay, the 2004 hit comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which starred Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn for 20th Century Fox and which opened as the No. 1 film in America. It went on to make $167 million worldwide-this $100M- plus feat is an achievement never before accomplished by a first-time writer/director.

Following such success, Thurber adapted Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon's first novel "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." Thurber's film, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which starred Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller, Nick Nolte, Mena Suvari and Jon Foster, was one of 16 films selected for narrative competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the prestigious Grand Jury Prize.

Thurber's third feature film, the raucous Warner Bros./New Line Cinema comedy We're the Millers, which starred Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Ed Helms, was the surprise hit of the 2013 summer, the No. 1 original comedy of that year, and has grossed $270 million to date.

Thurber's most recent film, the action-comedy Central Intelligence, which starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart, became the No. 1 live-action original film of 2016, and has earned $217 million worldwide.

To date, Thurber's three original films have grossed a staggering $654 million worldwide.

Thurber recently created his first television show, the tongue-in-cheek half-hour comedy, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, which starred Ryan Hansen and Samira Wiley for YouTube Red. The show has been picked up for its second season.

Thurber and Johnson will work together for a third time on Thurber's latest original idea, the international heist picture Red Notice (an idea that sparked a fierce bidding war and resulted in the largest pitch sale in film history) which begins production in Spring 2019. Red Notice is set to be released on June 12, 2020.

Thurber lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two girls.

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