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Michael Robert Gale
May 25, 1951
|Alma mater||University of Southern California, B.A. 1973|
Michael Robert Gale (born May 25, 1951) is an American screenwriter, producer and film director. He co-wrote the science fiction comedy film Back to the Future with writing partner Robert Zemeckis, and the screenplays for the film's two sequels. Gale also co-produced all three films and served as associate producer on the subsequent animated TV series. Michael J. Fox noted that Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale is "the gatekeeper" for the franchise.
Gale was born to a Jewish family in University City, Missouri, the son of Maxine, née Kippel, (died 2010), an art dealer and violinist, and Mark R. Gale (1922-2018), an attorney, World War II veteran, and later a University City councilman. He is the oldest of his two other brothers, Charlie, who wrote the screenplay for Ernest Scared Stupid, and Randy. Gale received a B.A. in Cinema in 1973 from the University of Southern California, where he wrote fanzine reviews for classmate Mike Glyer's fanzine, and met classmate Zemeckis.
As a teen, he created his own comic book, The Green Vomit, using spirit duplication, and also co-founded a popular comic book club in St. Louis. Later, he and his brother Charlie made his own amateur three-film series parody of the Republic Pictures Commando Cody serials, using the character name "Commando Cus".
The last two of these were made in collaboration with Richard Rosenberg.[who?] (Rosenberg had taken over the series with the third, 1973's Commando Cus vs. Kung Fu Killers, in which Gale made a cameo appearance as the title character without his face-covering helmet, and was working on a fourth at the time of his death.)
Film and stage
In 2002, Gale debuted as a feature-film director with Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road. He had previously directed and written the 20-minute theatrical release Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie. He also wrote the novelization for his movie 1941 and helped develop the arcade game Tattoo Assassins.
Gale has written for comics, including Marvel Comics' Ant-Man's Big Christmas and DC Comics' Batman. In 2001, Gale had a short run on Marvel Comics' Daredevil, writing issues #20-25 of Volume 2. Working with artists Phil Winslade and David Ross, they created the story arc "Playing to the Camera." Writer-painter David Mack contributed covers to the run.
In 2008 Gale worked as one of the writers among the rotating writer/artist teams on The Amazing Spider-Man, which at the time, was published three times a month. His issues included #546, #552-554, #558, #562-564, #600, #647.
- Kolchak: The Night Stalker (episode "Chopper", with Robert Zemeckis) (1975) (TV)
- I Wanna Hold Your Hand (with Robert Zemeckis) (1978)
- 1941 (with Robert Zemeckis) (1979)
- Used Cars (with Robert Zemeckis) (1980)
- Back to the Future (with Robert Zemeckis) (1985)
- Doctor Strange (Never Filmed) (1986)
- Back to the Future Part II (with Robert Zemeckis) (1989)
- Back to the Future Part III (with Robert Zemeckis) (1990)
- Trespass (with Robert Zemeckis) (1992)
- Back to the Future (1991–1992) (TV)
- Tales from the Crypt (1993) (TV)
- Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie (1995)
- Bordello of Blood (with Robert Zemeckis) (1996) (Story only)
- Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002) (also Director)
- Suman, Michael (1997). Religion and Prime Time Television. Praeger. p. 137.
My name's Bob Gale. I'm a writer, producer, and director; most of my work is in motion pictures, and my best known works are the three "Back to the Future" films, which I wrote and produced. I consider myself Jewish, although I'm not a member of a congregation, nor am I terribly observant.
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| Daredevil writer