Fred ROOS

Fred ROOS

Producer

Oscar winning producer Fred Roos has worked his various talents on many of the most important and seminal films of the past 50 years, with a current and upcoming production schedule carrying forward his tradition of making great films and discovering great stars. The legendary motion pictures he helped shape include The Godfather trilogy, Star Wars and its descendants, Black Stallion, Lost In Translation, and The Conversation, while the future stars first recognized by his sharp eye and handed starmaking roles by his casting acumen include Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino, and Richard Dreyfuss.

First as a casting director, a skill that quickly made him legend, and then as producer, Fred Roos has worked with many of the film world’s most gifted moviemakers and actors. His long-term collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola has brought him an Academy Award, for producing Best Picture winner The Godfather Part II. Also with Mr. Coppola, he was again a nominee for producing Apocalypse Now; co-produced two other Best Picture Oscar nominees, The Godfather Part III and The Conversation, the latter of which won the top prize, The Palme d’Or, at the Cannes International Film Festival; as did Apocalypse Now and executive-produced another Best Picture Oscar nominee, Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.

Among the other features directed by Francis Coppola on which Mr. Roos has been a producer are One from the Heart, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Gardens of Stone, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, The Life Without Zoe segment of New York Stories, Youth Without Youth, and the recent Tetro. Mr. Roos’ producing credits also include Jack Nicholson’s Drive, He Said; Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion; Wim Wenders’ Hammett; Barbet Schroeder’s Barfly; Agnieszka Holland’s The Secret Garden (1993); and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides as co- producer as well as executive producer on Marie Antoinette, Somewhere, and The Bling Ring. He received a Cable ACE Award, as well as an Emmy Award nomination, as executive producer of the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. Roos produced St. Vincent, released in 2015 with Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, and Chris O’Dowd. St. Vincent was nominated for two Golden Globes: Best Picture and Bill Murray for Best Actor. Naomi Watts was nominated for a SAG award for Best Supporting actress. He produced two 2017 releases: The Beguiled directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Paris Can Wait by Eleanor Coppola, staring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin. Roos’ 2018 releases are: Stella’s Last Weekend, Making Babies and Benched. In preparation/pre-production are: Fairyland, The Black Stallion in China, and the Girl Who Fell From The Sky.

In recent years, Roos has produced independent films under his own company banner, FR Productions, including I’LL FIND YOU directed by Martha Coolidge, starring Adelaide Clemens and LeoSuter and Wonderwell, a youth oriented fantasy starring the late Carrie Fisher and Rita Ora.

A native of Southern California, Fred Roos attended Hollywood High where he contributed film reviews to the school paper and freelance sports reportage for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. After graduating from UCLA’s theatre arts program, he served a stint in the Navy before entering the film industry. He makes his home in Los Angeles.