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 includes: The Godfather trilogy, Star Wars and its descendants, The Conversation (1974), The Black Stallion (1979) and Lost in Translation (2003). The future stars first recognized by his sharp eye and handed star-making 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 a 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 (1974). Also, with Coppola, Roos was again a nominee for producing Apocalypse Now (1979); co-producing two Best Picture Oscar nominees, The Godfather: Part III (1990) and The Conversation, the latter of which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival, as did Apocalypse Now; and executive-produced Best Picture Oscar nominee Lost in Translation directed by Sofia Coppola.
Among the other features directed by Coppola on which Roos has been a producer are: One from the Heart (1981), The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), Gardens of Stone (1987), Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), “The Life Without Zoe” segment of New York Stories (1989), Youth Without Youth (2007) and the recent Tetro (2009). Roos’ producing credits also include Jack Nicholson’s Drive, He Said (1971); Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion; Wim Wenders’ Hammett (1982); Barbet Schroeder’s Barfly (1987); Agnieszka Holland’s The Secret Garden (1993); and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999) as co-producer. He has served as executive producer on Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010) and The Bling Ring (2013). He received a Cable ACE Award, as well as an Emmy Award nomination, for executive producing the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991). 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.
Roos is currently producing Music, War and Love, directed by Martha Coolidge, which is in post-production. Also in post is Wonderwell, which was shot on location in Italy, starring the late Carrie Fisher and Rita Ora. Roos produced two 2017 releases: The Beguiled directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and 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 Girl Who Fell From The Sky.
Before he began producing films, Roos had a notable career as a casting director, on such films as Richard Lester’s Petulia (1968); John Huston’s Fat City (1972); Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces (1970) and The King of Marvin Gardens (1972); Francis Coppola’s The Godfather (1972); and George Lucas’ American Graffiti (1973) and as a consultant on STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE (1977). These films are notable for their impeccable cast and new star discoveries.