Roger Avary Arrested for Manslaughter

Winning an Oscar isn’t a get-out-of-jail free card, as Roger Avary found out when he was recently arrested for suspicion of manslaughter and driving under the influence. Avary, for those who don’t know, won an Oscar for co-writing “Pulp Fiction” with Quentin Tarantino, and has gone on to write and direct “The Rules of Attraction”, “Killing Zoe”, and more recently, wrote the script for “Beowulf”.


Avary, 42, was the driver in the single-car collision shortly after midnight Sunday in Ojai, said Capt. Ross Bonfiglio of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

Killed in the accident was Andreas Zini, 34, a resident of Italy who was apparently visiting the couple. Firefighters cut Zini from the car with Jaws of Life, and he died several hours later at Ventura County Medical Center.

Avary’s wife Gretchen, 40, was ejected from the car and found in the road by deputies, Bonfiglio said. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

Avary was booked but later released on $50,000 bail, Bonfiglio said.

Avary was currently writing the script for the movie version of “Return to Castle Wolfenstein”. No word on what will happen to that project now, but I guess it wouldn’t be too hard to find another writer.

Avary’s life, on the other hand, has just gotten more complicated…

Roger Avary Arrested for Manslaughter