Felix Gary Gray (born July 17, 1969) is an American music video and film director.
Gray was born in New York City, New York, a nephew of actor Phill Lewis. He was raised in South Central Los Angeles and Highland Park, Illinois. Gray has directed more than 30 music videos for musical artists such as Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, TLC, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige, and won several awards for his video work. He dropped out of a college in Northern California to pursue his film-making.
He made the transition into motion pictures with his first film, the surprising hit Friday (with rapper-producer friend Ice Cube), firmly establishing himself in the feature world. He next directed the award-winning heist picture Set It Off (with Jada Pinkett Smith) and then The Negotiator, whose $50 million budget was the highest ever given to an African-American director. Starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and nominee Samuel L. Jackson, the drama earned Gray both Best Film and Best Director awards at the 1998 Acapulco Film Festival.
Perhaps Gray’s best known film is The Italian Job, featuring an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, and Mark Wahlberg. Gray