Idol worship: Alan Ball, writer/director/producer.
- Initially a playwright (including the popular Five Women Wearing the Same Dress), he began his Hollywood career working on two notoriously troubled sitcoms, Grace Under Fire and Cybill.
- His first feature screenplay was for a little movie called American Beauty, which won him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, a Writers Guild Award and just about every other award possible.
- Returning to television, he created Six Feet Under. Including writing and producing, he made his directorial debut with the series, winning awards from the Emmys and the Directors Guild of America, plus a Producers Guild Award.
- In 2002, he was the recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, one of the GLAAD Media Awards highest honors, given to GLBT individuals in the media for their outstanding contribution in combating homophobia.
- Recent projects include the just premiered TV series, True Blood, and his first feature film as a director, the controversial Towelhead, in theaters this weekend (watch the trailer here).