Alan Ball (screenwriter)

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Alan Ball
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Alan Ball in 2008
Born (1957-05-13) May 13, 1957 (age 61)
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Education University of Georgia, Florida State University
Occupation Screenwriter, director, producer
Notable work American Beauty (1999)
Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
True Blood (2008–2014)
Banshee (2013–2016)
Television Grace Under Fire, Cybill
Partner(s) Peter Macdissi

Alan Erwin Ball (born May 13, 1957) is an American writer, director, and producer for television, film, and theater..

He wrote American Beauty and created Six Feet Under and True Blood, work which earned him an Academy Award, an Emmy, and awards from the Writers, Directors, and Producers Guilds.

Personal life

Ball has discussed his Buddhist faith in numerous interviews, noting how it has influenced his film making. In an interview with, Ball commented on the iconic scene in American Beauty with the plastic bag, stating, "I had an encounter with a plastic bag! And I didn't have a video camera, like Ricky does... There's a Buddhist notion of the miraculous within the mundane, and I think we certainly live in a culture that encourages us not to look for that."[1] Ball has also discussed how his Buddhism has shaped themes in Six Feet Under and True Blood which he has substantially contributed to.[2][3]

Ball is gay and has been called "a strong voice for [the] LGBT community".[4][5] In 2008 he made Out magazine's annual list of the 100 most impressive gay men and women.[6] He lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Peter Macdissi, who has starred in several of Ball's works.[7]


  1. "Alan Ball Interview". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  2. Parsi, Novid (2008-09-01). "Blood on his hands - Arts + Culture - Time Out Chicago". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  3. Piccalo, Gina (2010-07-18). "'True Blood' runs through Alan Ball". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. Robinson, Charlotte (September 5, 2008). "Alan Ball's LGBT Vision: Audio Interview". Outtake. Retrieved May 3, 2015. He is also openly gay & a strong voice for our LGBT community. 
  5. Delaney, Sam (July 11, 2009). "TV preview: True Blood". The Guardian. Retrieved May 3, 2015. Ball has been lauded as a strong and significant voice for the American gay community. 
  6. "Out Magazine | Out 100 2008". 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  7. "Quentin Tarantino sues his neighbour over 'blood curdling screams' from pet parrots | Mail Online". 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 


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