Born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay (Orinda, California),
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thurber lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two girls.
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