Rick Porras

Producer/Second Unit Director


Full Name: Richard Porras

Birthplace: Pal Alto, California, United States of America

Birth Date: 7th May 1961


  • During a visit to New Zealand to co-ordinate a new deadline for The Frighteners (1996), he met Peter Jackson and his team for the first time

  • Grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Attended Stanford University and graduated in 1988 with a degree in History

  • Had a cameo in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as a Corsair pirate

  • Was Production Assistant for Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall of Amblin Entertainment

  • Started work on The Lord of the Rings in 1998

  • The level of authenticity shown throughout Forrest Gump (1994) is due to his careful research

  • Was not a fan of The Lord of the Rings when growing up. He worked in a library while at Stanford where upon finding three very dusty volumes, he decided to read them

  • Attended Gunn High School in California

  • Got a taste for the film business when he helped make a documentary whilst attending Stanford

  • Originally wanted to be a producer, specifically a production coordinator who organizes budgets for researching historical facts

  • After Forrest Gump he worked on the documentary series, The Beatles Anthology

  • Had a cameo as a gunner in King Kong (2005)

  • In 1991 due to a fellow Stanford student, he was given a job as a buyer by Filmline International; it included such duties as viewing films for sale, reading screenplays and attending international festivals

  • Was recommended to Robert Zemeckis for whom he worked for 8 months and was then assigned to assist in making The Public Eye (1992) and Death Becomes Her (1992)

  • Was the third unit director for The Lord of the Rings for about 15 weeks, one of the scenes he filmed was the battle between Gandalf and Saruman

    Notable Projects:

  • Contact (1997)
  • The Frighteners (1996)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Death Becomes Her (1992)

    Current Projects:

  • The Red Robin (2012)
  • Mi America


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