Michael Robert "Bob" Gale
- For the English cricketer, see Bob Gale
(born May 21, 1951) is an American screenwriter who co-wrote the science fiction film Back to the Future
with writing partner Robert Zemeckis
, and the screenplays for the film's two sequels. Gale also co-produced all three films.
Gale was born in University City, Missouri
, the son of Maxine (née Kippel), an art dealer and violinist, and Mark R. Gale, an attorney. As a teen, he created his own comic book
, The Green Vomit
, using spirit duplication
, and also co-founded a popular comic book club in St. Louis. Later, he and his brother, Charles Gale, made his own amateur three-film series parody of the Republic Pictures Commando Cody
serials, using the character name "Commando Cus
". The last two of these were made in collaboration with his friend the late Richard Rosenberg
. (Rosenberg had taken over the series with the third, 1973's Commando Cus vs. Kung Fu Killers
, in which Gale made a cameo appearance as the title character without his face-covering helmet, and was working on a fourth at the time of his death.)
Gale received a B.A. in Cinema in 1973 from the University of Southern California
, where he wrote fanzine
reviews for classmate Mike Glyer
's fanzine, and met classmate Zemeckis.
As screenwriters, Gale and Zemeckis have collaborated on films including 1941
, I Wanna Hold......