David Ward, a graduate of Pomona College and the UCLA Film School, is best known for his Oscar winning screenplay The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The Sting won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screen Play. Following this, Ward wrote and directed the hit baseball comedy Major League. He later collaborated on the screenplay Sleepless in Seattle, for which he and co-writers Nora Ephron and Jeff Arch received an Oscar nomination. Ward also wrote and directed Cannery Row, King Ralph, and The Program. He also directed Down Periscope. Among his numerous screenplays are The Milagro Beanfield War, The Mask of Zorro (uncredited), and Flyboys.
Ward recently completed a TV pilot for ABC called The Corridor and is set to direct Major League III with Charlie Sheen. In addition, he has three TV projects in development: Bad Cops, Mind Field, and 1906. Also in the works is a Broadway musical of The Sting, based on his screenplay.