Alan E. Ball is an American writer, director, actor and producer for film, theatre and television.
He is particularly notable for writingￂﾠAmerican BeautyￂﾠandￂﾠTrue Bloodￂﾠand for creatingￂﾠSix Feet Under, work which earned him an Academy Award, an Emmy, and awards from theￂﾠWriters,ￂﾠDirectors, andￂﾠProducersￂﾠGuilds.
Ball was born inￂﾠMarietta,ￂﾠGeorgia, to Frank and Mary Ball, an aircraft inspector and a homemaker. His older sister, Mary Ann, was killed in a car accident when Ball was 13; he was in the passenger seat at the time.ￂﾠHe attended high school inￂﾠMarietta, and went on to attend theￂﾠUniversity of GeorgiaￂﾠandￂﾠFlorida State University, from which he graduated in 1980 with a degree inￂﾠtheater arts.ￂﾠAfter college, he began work as a playwright at the General Nonsense Theater Company inￂﾠSarasota, Florida.
Ball broke into television as a writer and story editor on theￂﾠsituation comediesￂﾠGrace Under FireￂﾠandￂﾠCybill. Ball has written two films,ￂﾠAmerican Beautyￂﾠ(1999) andￂﾠTowelheadￂﾠ(2007), the latter of which he also produced and directed. He is also the creator, writer and executive producer of theￂﾠHBOￂﾠdrama seriesￂﾠSix Feet UnderￂﾠandￂﾠTrue Blood.ￂﾠHe wasￂﾠshowrunnerￂﾠforￂﾠTrue Bloodￂﾠfor its first five seasons. In 2010 Ball began work on a television adaptation of the crime noir novelￂﾠThe Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of DeathￂﾠbyￂﾠCharlie Huston, to be titledￂﾠAll Signs of Death.ￂﾠIn December 2010, after several months of pre-production, HBO cancelled production onￂﾠAll Signs of Death. He is also one of the executive producers of theￂﾠCinemaxￂﾠseriesￂﾠBanshee. In January 2015, it was announced that Ball's period musical dramaￂﾠVirtuosoￂﾠhad had a pilot ordered byￂﾠHBO. The pilot will be executively produced byￂﾠElton John. Confirmed actors to be starring in the show includeￂﾠPeter Macdissi,ￂﾠIva Babic,ￂﾠFrancois Civil,ￂﾠLindsay Farris,ￂﾠNico MirallegroￂﾠandￂﾠAlex Lawther.
For his work in television and film, Ball has received critical acclaim and numerous awards and nominations, including anￂﾠAcademy Award, anￂﾠEmmyￂﾠaￂﾠGolden Globe, and awards from theￂﾠWriters,ￂﾠDirectors, andￂﾠProducersￂﾠGuilds.