Who is Robert Ginty?

The New York Times described Robert Ginty as an important figure in the world of experimental theatre challenging the traditional notion that artist must have a set style; he constantly experiments with different media, subjects and formats. Transcending theatrical convention, he draws in other performance and graphic arts’ which coalesce into an integrated original work of art.Mr. Ginty’s career continues to challenge categorization. He is a film, television and stage director who works as a writer, artist, curator, educator organizer and activist whose art production alone manifests itself in experimental films, paintings, photography, performance art, public intervention, video and installation art. As varied as these pursuits maybe, in the end they are all unified by a single vision: Ginty’s thoughtful concern for the philosophical and cultural possibilities of social interaction. His paintings are monumental canvases introducing a complex vocabulary of text, symbols, abstract forms and figural elements. In contrast his latest work in photography goes against the grain of this era of the monster C-print, dominated by landscapes, portraits and cinematic tableaux. His small, basically traditional Polaroid still lifes are an illuminating novelty. In narrowing the scope to a small space and a few familiar elements his work zeros in on photography’s first and most profound function — the basic act of looking — and reminds one of the sheer pleasure this act can entail. In April 2006 Mr. Ginty will be showing at the Pompidou center in Paris as well as directing a fifteen minute piece LA DERASION DU LOUVRE , a nocturnal visit to the Louvre Museum set to music and starring Laetitia Casta who will lead a video tour as a way of introducing more contemporary art to the Museum.
Mr. Ginty is currently executive producing a 6-hour prime time television series, THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE, to begin airing September 2007. The series depicts one year in the life of cadets of the RMC as they grow from teenagers to adulthood. Mr Ginty is also executive producing THE YOUNG CHURCHILL, based on the book by Sir Winston’s granddaughter, Celia Sandys, for the ITV network in England in association with BOX-TV.

  In March of 2005 Prince Charles, his royal highness the Prince of Wales appointed Mr. Ginty an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust in the United Kingdom.

  2005 also saw Mr. Ginty elected a member of the Society of Canadian Artist.

In spring of 2005, Mr. Ginty was at the FESTIVAL de THEATRE des AMERIQUES in Montreal, Quebec. That summer he joined fellow directors Joann Akalaitis and Anne Bogart at the Lamama International Symposium for directors in Spoleto Italy, and was also at THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, where he directed Bertolt Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN set in Iraq.

Mr. Ginty directed a rap/hip-hop musical version of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, which opened at Hart House Theatre in Toronto on September 15th, 2004, to unanimously positive reviews. Discussions are now taking place about moving the production to bigger venues in London and Paris.

In the spring of 2004, Mr. Ginty was elected a member of the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Irish Cultural Center in Paris) where he worked on a theatrical production dealing with Ireland’s two most famous Nobel prize writers, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.

While in Paris Mr. Ginty was given one of France highest cultural honors when he was made CHEVALIER DE L ORDRE DES ARTS ET LETTERS in recognition of his career in the arts and for his efforts in promoting artistic exchange between Ireland and France. Mr. Ginty was a guest lecturer at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Superieure, and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts.

Mr. Ginty is a partner in Circle Films, a Paris based film and television production company currently producing the television series, Worlds Greatest Parties.

In March, 2004, Mr Ginty became an honorary captain in the United States Navy’s Blue Angels and had the opportunity to fly an F-18 Hornet jet with Angels to open their 2004 season.

Mr. Ginty began 2004 as an artist in residence at McGill University in Montreal developing college genre screen plays with first time writers for his Toronto based film company.

Mr. Ginty’s Toronto based film company is currently co-producing Mrs. Judy, a film based on the true life story of a Canadian woman who saved the lives of 3,218 Jews being held captive in Syria during the 1980’s, for which she won the highest civilian honors of Israel as well as the Order of Canada.

In the Fall of 2003, Mr. Ginty became a member of the American Academy in Rome where he developed a film project about the poet John Keats for Italian television.

Mr. Ginty is the Chairman and CEO of Ginty Films Ireland and Ginty Films Canada. He is a partner in a Rome based Italian prod. company, Stage 5 Productions.

As an artist in residence at Harvard University in 2002 Mr. Ginty directed Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pulitzer prize winner Sam Shepard’s True West, Christopher Durang’s Bette n’ Boo, and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley’s Italian American Reconciliation.

Mr. Ginty is a recipient of the Harvard University Signet Society medal for his contributions to the performing and visual arts. He is a member of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a member of the Harvard Film Society and the Harvard Underground Theatre Company.

Mr. Ginty also starred in the theatre workshop production of Sunrise in Your Pocket, costarring Shelley Long, Lou Diamond Phillips, Timothy Bottoms, and Charles Durning. He directed multiple episodes of Tracker for Lion’s Gate Films in Toronto. The previous year he was the resident director of MTV’s 2-GET-HER, a series filmed in Vancouver, directing numerous episodes and videos of the series and receiving a Best Video Director nomination at the MTV awards.

Currently, Mr. Ginty’s company is developing Meagher of the Sword, an Irish/Australian/U.S. co-production, The Legend of John Ware, a Canadian/U.S. co-production, The Great Christmas Train Robbery, an Irish/U.S. co-production, and Churchill at Harrow, a Canadian/UK co-production. Other projects include the screenplay, Green ShadowsWhite Whale which he co-wrote with Ray Bradbury. He also adapted Ed Naha’s (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids) novel, “Razzle, Dazzle” for the MOW, Hollywood Heat. He is also developing an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession, a Paris based police thriller titled Dark City, and an English comedy The Ham.

Mr. Ginty has received multiple nominations as Best Comedy Director for the Cable Ace Awards. He directed the 30 million dollar Walt Disney Epcot Center film Universe of Energy, starring Ellen DeGeneres and Jamie Lee Curtis, for Disney Imaginering. He has also directed numerous episodic television shows, such as VIPCharmedThreeFame L.A.Early Edition, XenaHoney, I Shrunk the KidsLois & ClarkLawlessNash BridgesCampus Cops and The Munsters, one of Fox’s highest rated two hour comedy. For two seasons, he was the director of the award winning HBO series Dream On produced by John Landis for which he was nominated for two Cable Ace awards as best director

Since 1994, Mr. Ginty has been the Artistic Director of the Irish Theatre Arts Center in Los Angeles where he starred in and directed four American premieres: plays from the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, London’s Royal Court Theatre, and New York’s Public Theatre. Over 40 new plays were given stage readings and/or productions. One of the theatre’s highlights was his direction of the stage version of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. In 1996 Mr. Ginty became an associate member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Fellow of Branford CollegeMr. Ginty is a Fellow of Branford College at his alma mater, Yale University, where he has lectured at the Yale Film Study Center and the Yale School of Drama. He also designed sets for five productions, including his first opera as a director, La Boheme.Mr. Ginty was the director of the Emmy Award winning four-camera CBS comedy series Evening Shade, starring Burt Reynolds.
Mr. Ginty wrote and directed Woman of Desire, starring Robert Mitchum, for which he won the Silver Lone Star Award at the Houston International Film Festival. The film also screened at the New Directors/New Films Series at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He was the Executive Producer of the Paramount, NBC M.O.W. Day of Reckoning set in Thailand, which he created with his partner, Academy Award winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant.

Mr. Ginty co-wrote and directed the Vision/Columbia motion picture entitled Shootfighter, for which he won Black Belt Magazine’s Best Martial Arts Film Award at the Hong Kong Film Festival. Later that year, he starred in the film Lady Dragon, filmed in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He co-starred with Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson in Harley Davidson & the Marlboro Man. He directed the Emmy Award winning television series China Beach for which he won awards at the Houston International Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. He also co-starred with Eric Roberts and Beverly D’Angelo in the film Lonely Hearts.

For his film Vietnam, Texas that he produced and directed, he won Best Director at the Houston International Film Festival and the Taormina Film Festival, Italy, as well as awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.

Joanna Kern

He co-starred in one of ABC’s highest rated mini-series, The Great Los Angeles Earthquake , with Joanna Kerns.

He starred in the Italian film Cop Target, as well as the CBS television series Falcon Crest, and Orion’s feature film comedy Madhouse with Kirstie Alley and John Larroquette.

He wrote, directed and starred in the award winning feature film Bounty Hunter, co-starring Bo Hopkins, a film about contemporary Native Americans.

Hardesty HouseThe same year, Ginty co-starred with Kirstie Alley again in TriStar’s Loverboy, a comedy directed by Joan Micklin Silver. In 1988 he starred in two films, Out on Bail, directed by Gordon Hessler, and Mania, a comedy/thriller shot on location in Paris. His films in 1987 were Code Name Vengeance, filmed in Africa, Three Kinds of Heat, filmed in London and The Retaliator in Israel. Prior to this, he executive produced, co-wrote and starred in the ABC television pilot titled Hardesty House with Paul Rodriguez.

Hawaiian HeatGinty’s status as a star of feature films and television is the result of his versatility (3 television series: Hawaiian Heat for ABC, Baa Baa Black Sheep for NBC and Paper Chase for CBS).

Born in New York, Ginty’s first love was music. At 16 while still at school he started touring with several rock bands. His musical career reached a high point when he played with Carlos Santana, the late Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, as well as John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.

Soon thereafter, he landed a role in an early John Avildson film and decided to concentrate on acting rather than music. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Actors Studio and with Robert Lewis of the Yale School of Drama.

He starred in Provincetown’s Playhouse productions of Eugene O’Neill’s More Stately Mansions, Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending and created the lead role in Terence McNally’s Bringing it all Back Home. He next appeared in the Actors Studio production of The Silent Partner.

At the New Hampshire Shakespeare Festival, he starred as Hotspur in Henry IV, Part One, Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as in Macbeth and As You Like It. It was during this season that he met Hal Prince, who brought him to Broadway as his assistant in productions of The Great God BrownDon Juan and The Government Inspector.

While starring in the Off-Broadway production of Indian Wants the Bronx, Ginty met numerous television executives and casting directors who urged him to come to Hollywood. Ginty arrived with his theatre company and quickly landed guest spots on various series and movies-of-the-week to finance his theatre productions.

Ginty was soon cast in feature films Bound for Glory and Two Minute Warning prior to getting his big break in the role of T.J. Wiley in the popular NBC television series Baa Baa Black Sheep, created by Stephen Cannell.

After a two year run, Ginty played Bruce Dern’s best friend in Hal Ashby’s Coming Home. (The film won three Academy Awards.)

Paper ChaseHe returned to television to play the character of ‘Anderson’ in the award winning CBS television series Paper Chase. Due to critical acclaim and Emmy nomination, it provided entry to many highly regarded television and film roles. The Exterminator (1980) was an enormous financial success, especially overseas, and made Ginty one of America’s most bankable actors in Europe.

Other of Ginty’s films became cult classics such as The Alchemist, a thriller about reincarnation, Gold Raiders, an action-adventure in Thailand, The Scarab, filmed in Spain with Rip Torn, and The Act, a political satire/comedy shot in New York.

Ginty returned to Italy for Warrior of the Lost World with Donald Pleasance and White Fire shot in Istanbul. He did Exterminator II for Cannon, co-starring Mario van Peebles and Mission Kill filmed in Mexico.

Ginty formed his own production company Ginty Films. They are currently involved in various directorial, producing and writing projects for both film and television.

As a writer, Ginty worked on such scripts as Mission KillThe Retaliator, and Code Name Vengeance. He wrote Bounty HunterVietnam, Texas and Woman of Desire. He now has several projects in development: Glory DaysTrackdownBoomtown and Acappella.

As a visual artist, Mr. Ginty’s paintings, film and video work has been seen in many group shows in Ireland, London and New York, including The Whitney Biannual ’93.

Mr. Ginty was the in-house producer/director of Introvision Studios, where such films as The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford, Fearless directed by Peter Weir, and Steven Segal’s Under Siege, as well as Rambo IIStand By MeDarkmanKarate Kid II and Army of Darkness had their special effects done.

Mr. Ginty studied directing at Harvard University as well studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. While at Harvard, Mr. Ginty contributed to both the Harvard Crimson and the Harvard Lampoon. He is an associate of Adam’s House as well as an honorary member of the Porcellian Club.

Mr. Ginty studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as well as studying art, architecture and drama at Yale and Oxford Universities. While at Christ Church, Oxford, Mr. Ginty was a member of the Oxford University drama society and the Oxford University Rugby Club , he was made an honorary member of the Vincent’s Club. He is a member of International Writer’s organization PEN, Ireland and the Canadian Film Center.

Mr. Ginty is a member of the English Parliament Rugby Club, Commons and Lords. He is a member of the Galway Blazers and Kildare Fox Hunting Club in Ireland. He is an associate member of the Harrow Association, the Oxford University Society, the Society of Irish Playwrights, the Irish Georgian Society, the Royal Dublin Society, the Irish Academy of Letters, and the Royal Society of the Arts in London.

He lectures at Trinity College, Dublin two terms a year at the Samuel Beckett School of Drama. He is a member of the American Center for Irish Studies, the U.S. affiliate of the Royal Irish Academy. He is a member of the Irish Society of Contemporary Art, an overseas member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and a member of the Kildare Street University Club in Dublin.

The Ginty family are patrons of the Royal Ontario Museum, the art gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. Mr. Ginty is a celebrity volunteer to the Special Olympics Canada and for UNICEF Canada.

Jim Sheridan founding member of Director's Guild of Ireland

Along with directors Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, Mr. Ginty is a founding member of the Director’s Guild of Ireland as well as being a member of Screen Producers Ireland, the Director’s Guild of Great Britain, the Director’s Guild of America and the Director’s Guild of Canada.

Mr. Ginty is especially proud of his son actor James Ginty, who stared with Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson in K-19.

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