Herbert Ross

Herbert David Ross was an American actor, choreographer, director and producer who worked predominantly in the stage and film. Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Martha Grundfast and Louis Chester Ross, a postal clerk. At the age of 9, his mother died and his father moved the family to Miami and opened a luncheonette. In 1942, Ross' stage debut came as "Third Witch" in a touring company of Macbeth. The next year brought his first Broadway performance credits with Something for the Boys. By 1950, he was a choreographer with the American Ballet Theatre and choreographed his first Broadway production, the Arthur Schwartz-Dorothy Fields musical adaptation of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Ross's first film assignment came as an uncredited choreographer on Carmen Jones (1954). In the UK, he choreographed The Young Ones (1961) and Summer Holiday (1963), both starring Cliff Richard. Later, he worked with Barbra Streisand as choreographer and director of musical numbers for Funny Girl (1968). His film directorial debut came with the musical version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), made by MGM-British, with Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. He went on to direct films involving ballet, such as The Turning Point (1977), Nijinsky (1980) and Dancers (1987). Other movies of critical acclaim followed in the 1970s and 1980s such as Neil Simon's adaptations of his own plays and film adaptations of Broadway productions through his last project, Boys on the Side (1995).

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Footloose (1984)

When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock after discovering he's living in a place where music and dancing are illegal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  John Lithgow  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Chris Penn

When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock after discovering he's living in a place where music and dancing are illegal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  John Lithgow  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Chris Penn

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

Academy Award-honoree Peter O'Toole stars in this musical classic about a prim English schoolmaster who learns to show his compassion through the help of an outgoing showgirl. O'Toole, who received his fourth Oscar-nomination for this performance, is joined by '60s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Petula Clark  •  Michael Redgrave  •  Alison Leggatt

Academy Award-honoree Peter O'Toole stars in this musical classic about a prim English schoolmaster who learns to show his compassion through the help of an outgoing showgirl. O'Toole, who received his fourth Oscar-nomination for this performance, is joined by '60s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Petula Clark  •  Michael Redgrave  •  Alison Leggatt

My Blue Heaven (1990)

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FBI agent Barney Coopersmith is assigned to protect former Mafia figure turned informant Vincent Antonelli. In the witness protection program one is supposed to keep a low profile, but that is something that Antonelli has trouble doing. Coopersmith certainly has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rick Moranis  •  Joan Cusack  •  Melanie Mayron

FBI agent Barney Coopersmith is assigned to protect former Mafia figure turned informant Vincent Antonelli. In the witness protection program one is supposed to keep a low profile, but that is something that Antonelli has trouble doing. Coopersmith certainly has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rick Moranis  •  Joan Cusack  •  Melanie Mayron

Play It Again, Sam (1972)

A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Diane Keaton  •  Tony Roberts  •  Jerry Lacy

A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Diane Keaton  •  Tony Roberts  •  Jerry Lacy

Steel Magnolias (1989)

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A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Sally Field  •  Dolly Parton  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Julia Roberts

A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Sally Field  •  Dolly Parton  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Julia Roberts

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Marsha Mason  •  Quinn Cummings  •  Paul Benedict

After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Marsha Mason  •  Quinn Cummings  •  Paul Benedict

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

Meek, owlish Felix and strident, catty Doris live in the same apartment building. His incessant typing bothers her; her gentlemen callers bother him. Felix informs the landlord of her activities, so Doris moves in on Felix. When they both get thrown out, they move ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  George Segal  •  Robert Klein  •  Allen Garfield

Meek, owlish Felix and strident, catty Doris live in the same apartment building. His incessant typing bothers her; her gentlemen callers bother him. Felix informs the landlord of her activities, so Doris moves in on Felix. When they both get thrown out, they move ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  George Segal  •  Robert Klein  •  Allen Garfield

The Secret of My Success (1987)

Brantley Foster, a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always dreamed of making it big in New York, but once in New York, he learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley visits his uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a multi-million-dollar company, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Michael J. Fox  •  Helen Slater  •  Richard Jordan  •  Margaret Whitton

Brantley Foster, a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always dreamed of making it big in New York, but once in New York, he learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley visits his uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a multi-million-dollar company, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Michael J. Fox  •  Helen Slater  •  Richard Jordan  •  Margaret Whitton

True Colors (1991)

Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  John Cusack  •  James Spader  •  Mandy Patinkin  •  Imogen Stubbs

Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  John Cusack  •  James Spader  •  Mandy Patinkin  •  Imogen Stubbs

Boys on the Side (1995)

After breaking up with her girlfriend, a nightclub singer, Jane, answers a personal ad from Robin, a real estate agent with AIDS, seeking a cross-country travel partner. On their journey from New York City to Los Angeles, the two stop by Pittsburgh to pick up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Matthew McConaughey

After breaking up with her girlfriend, a nightclub singer, Jane, answers a personal ad from Robin, a real estate agent with AIDS, seeking a cross-country travel partner. On their journey from New York City to Los Angeles, the two stop by Pittsburgh to pick up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Matthew McConaughey

Funny Lady (1975)

Famous singer Fanny Brice has divorced her first husband Nicky Arnstein. During the Great Depression she has trouble finding work as an artist, but meets Billy Rose, a newcomer who writes lyrics and owns a nightclub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  James Caan  •  Omar Sharif  •  Roddy McDowall

Famous singer Fanny Brice has divorced her first husband Nicky Arnstein. During the Great Depression she has trouble finding work as an artist, but meets Billy Rose, a newcomer who writes lyrics and owns a nightclub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  James Caan  •  Omar Sharif  •  Roddy McDowall

The Turning Point (1977)

As young dancers, they were best friends and fierce rivals. Deedee left the stage for marriage and motherhood, while Emma would become an international ballet icon. But when Deedee's teenage daughter is invited to join Emma's dance company and begins an affair with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Leslie Browne  •  Tom Skerritt

As young dancers, they were best friends and fierce rivals. Deedee left the stage for marriage and motherhood, while Emma would become an international ballet icon. But when Deedee's teenage daughter is invited to join Emma's dance company and begins an affair with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Leslie Browne  •  Tom Skerritt

Undercover Blues (1993)

When fun-loving American agents Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner are called back from maternity leave for a special assignment in New Orleans, the spy parents decide to skip the sitter and give their bouncing baby girl the adventure of a lifetime. There's nothing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Fiona Shaw  •  Stanley Tucci

When fun-loving American agents Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner are called back from maternity leave for a special assignment in New Orleans, the spy parents decide to skip the sitter and give their bouncing baby girl the adventure of a lifetime. There's nothing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Fiona Shaw  •  Stanley Tucci

I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)

Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has been out of Libby's life for 16 of her 19 years. Libby arrives in LA on a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Ann-Margret  •  Dinah Manoff  •  Lance Guest

Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has been out of Libby's life for 16 of her 19 years. Libby arrives in LA on a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Ann-Margret  •  Dinah Manoff  •  Lance Guest

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a mystery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Robert Duvall  •  Nicol Williamson

Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a mystery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Robert Duvall  •  Nicol Williamson

T.R. Baskin (1971)

Enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Candice Bergen  •  Peter Boyle  •  James Caan  •  Marcia Rodd

Enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Candice Bergen  •  Peter Boyle  •  James Caan  •  Marcia Rodd

The Sunshine Boys (1975)

Lewis and Clark, aka The Sunshine Boys, were famous comedians during the vaudeville era, but off-stage they couldn't stand each other and haven't spoken in over 20 years of retirement. Willy Clark's nephew is the producer of a TV variety show that wants to feature ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  George Burns  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Lee Meredith

Lewis and Clark, aka The Sunshine Boys, were famous comedians during the vaudeville era, but off-stage they couldn't stand each other and haven't spoken in over 20 years of retirement. Willy Clark's nephew is the producer of a TV variety show that wants to feature ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  George Burns  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Lee Meredith

Nijinsky (1980)

The film suggests Nijinsky was driven into madness by both his consuming ambition and self-enforced heterosexuality, the latter prompted by his romantic involvement with Romola de Pulszky, a society girl who joins impresario Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  George de la Peña  •  Leslie Browne  •  Carla Fracci

The film suggests Nijinsky was driven into madness by both his consuming ambition and self-enforced heterosexuality, the latter prompted by his romantic involvement with Romola de Pulszky, a society girl who joins impresario Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  George de la Peña  •  Leslie Browne  •  Carla Fracci

California Suite (1978)

The misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Alan Alda  •  Maggie Smith  •  Michael Caine

The misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Alan Alda  •  Maggie Smith  •  Michael Caine

The Last of Sheila (1973)

A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multimillionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game — but the game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Richard Benjamin  •  Dyan Cannon  •  James Coburn  •  Joan Hackett

A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multimillionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game — but the game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Richard Benjamin  •  Dyan Cannon  •  James Coburn  •  Joan Hackett
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