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Gore Verbinski

About DeanAcademy Award-winning filmmaker Gore Verbinski (’87) has enjoyed tremendous boxoffice success as the innovative director of both character-driven franchises and thoughtful genre-bending fare.

Verbinski’s next directorial project, A Cure for Wellness, a thriller produced by New Regency, will be released in 2017.

Most recently, Verbinski directed The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Previously, he released his first animated film, Rango. Grossing more than $245 million worldwide, the film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and also earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA and Annie nominations. Verbinski previously helmed the hit franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, which collectively grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. Verbinski made his directorial debut in 1997 with Mouse Hunt starring Nathan Lane. His additional directorial credits include The Weather Man, The Ring and The Mexican.

Verbinski is also an award-winning commercial director. He has been honored with four Clio Awards and a Cannes Silver Lion Award for his work on an assortment of memorable advertising spots such as Nike’s “100 Foot Hoop” featuring Michael Jordan, and the first of the popular Budweiser “Frog” spots. In addition, Verbinski directed music videos for artists such as Bad Religion and Crystal Method.

A graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Verbinski resides in Los Angeles with his family where he runs his production company, Blind Wink.