March 17, 2009
Dick Ross, 1918 - 2009
In addition to his work for Graham, Ross also produced the film version of The Cross and the Switchblade (1970), starring Pat Boone as David Wilkerson (you might have heard that name in the news again recently) and Erik Estrada as Nicky Cruz.
But it was the Graham films -- and the studio that made them -- that are arguably Ross's greatest legacy. Click here for an article we ran four years ago on the history of Billy Graham movies; it touches on Ross's role at the beginning of that venture, and on the people to whom he passed the torch after directing The Restless Ones (1965), a movie about juvenile delinquents, teen pregnancy and other social issues that was also the first Billy Graham movie to be shown in regular theatres.