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Overview (1)

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Mini Bio (1)

After achieving fame by writing and producing the massively popular sports films Hoosiers (1986) and Rudy (1993), Angelo Pizzo fielded numerous requests to pen more inspirational sports stories. At first he feared becoming pigeonholed as the go-to sports-movie guy. But eventually he accepted this destiny as he continued writing screenplays, most of which concerned athletics.

He was born in Wilmette, Illinois in 1948 to Anthony Pizzo, a pathologist, and his wife, Patricia. Three years later they moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where Pizzo grew up. He was an indifferent student at University High School but did much better at Indiana University, where he majored in political science and considered going to law school. But after graduation Pizzo felt directionless and uncertain about his future. He was a movie aficionado; his favorite film genre was epic, larger-than-life pictures that swept him into another world. And he had collected over 150 books on film. But to Pizzo it seemed impossible that he could ever actually work in Hollywood. After his father advised him to identify what he truly loved and then figure out how to make a living at it, Pizzo decided to enroll in film school. At the University of Southern California, he studied motion picture history, theory, and criticism, with the goal of becoming a professor. He left grad school after receiving an opportunity to work in television.

Pizzo's memories of Indiana high school basketball led him to write his first motion-picture screenplay, "Hoosiers." He viewed the story as being more about redemption, second chances, and relationships than about sports. "Hoosiers" was directed by his best friend from IU, David Anspaugh. Seven years later they reteamed to make the college football movie "Rudy." Pizzo saw Rudy's quest to play football for Notre Dame as being similar to his own youthful dream of working in Hollywood. Pizzo and Anspaugh's third collaboration was the 1950s World Cup soccer film The Game of Their Lives (2005). Pizzo ventured into directing with another college football drama, My All-American (2015).

Having never really adjusted to life in Hollywood, which he termed "a toxic environment of competitiveness and divisiveness," Pizzo moved back to his hometown of Bloomington in 2004.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Greta Lind (9 January 1994 - 18 May 2010) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Sally Reed (19 February 1972 - ?) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Uplifting sports dramas based on or inspired by real people

Trivia (12)

Wrote a draft of Navy Seals (1990).
Graduated from Indiana University in 1971. Earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California film school and completed some work toward a PhD.
Appeared as a background extra on the beach in Hawaii Five-O: A Thousand Pardons - You're Dead! (1969).
Directed four TV commercials that promote his alma mater Indiana University.
Early in his career, Pizzo worked as a story editor at Warner Bros. Television. Later, at Time Life Films, he served as vice president of movies of the week and miniseries, and then as vice president of feature films.
Met director David Anspaugh, his collaborator on Hoosiers (1986), Rudy (1993), and The Game of Their Lives (2005), at Indiana University, where both men were members of the Sigma Nu fraternity.
Is of Sicilian and Irish descent.
Applied for and was granted conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War.
After thinking about writing a screenplay for years, Pizzo began writing Hoosiers (1986) after his alma mater Indiana University won the 1981 NCAA Division I men's basketball national championship.
Has two sons with ex-wife Greta Lind: Anthony, born in 1994, and Quinn, born in 1997.
Is the oldest of eight children.
Prefers to be known as a filmmaker rather than a screenwriter.

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