Gregor “Gore” Verbinski was born on March 16, 1964 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is the son of Vic and Laurette Verbinski. His father worked as a nuclear physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Verbinski is the third of five children. His siblings are Janine, Claire, Diane and Steven.
In 1967 the Verbinski family moved to Southern California, where Verbinski grew up in the town of La Jolla. Verbinski attended Torrey Pines Elementary, Muirlands Junior High, and La Jolla High School. He went on to attend UCLA Film School. Verbinski graduated with his BFA in Film from UCLA in 1987.
Early in his career, Verbinski was active in several rock band in the Los Angeles area. His directing career began when he started directing music videos for bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, 24-7 Spyz and Monster Magnet. Verbinski was working at Palomar Pictures at this time.