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Randall Wallace (born July 28, 1949) is an American songwriter, screenwriter, producer, and director who wrote the screenplay for the Mel Gibson film Braveheart, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay Adapted Directly for the Screen. Wallace wrote and directed the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, also starring Gibson. He is currently writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

Life and career

Born in Jackson, Tennesseemarker, Wallace spent part of his childhood there and in Virginiamarker. He began writing stories at the age of seven and by the time he graduated from high school. Instead of pursuing a career as a screenwriter or author, however, Wallace planned on becoming a minister or a songwriter.

Wallace graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginiamarker and attended Duke Universitymarker, where he was a seminary student. In interviews he has acknowledged a deep commitment to Christianity, which he credits as an influence on his approach to filmmaking.

In 1980, Wallace moved to Hollywoodmarker after trying out a career in singing and songwriting. He soon began writing short stories, novels and scripts for movies and television shows.

In 2008, Wallace has written several songs with singer/songwriter Richard Marx. One of those songs, Flame In Your Fire, appears on Marx's album Emotional Remains.

Wallace holds a black belt in Karate.




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