Brett Ratner

Director, Producer
Prolific music video director-turned-millennial blockbuster king, Brett Ratner kicked off his Hollywood career with a bang, establishing himself as a director of commercially successful popcorn movies beginning in the ... Read more »
Born: 03/27/1969 in Miami, Florida, USA

Filmography

Producer (30)

Rush Hour 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Black Mass 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I Saw the Light 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Revenant 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Water Diviner 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Truth 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Untitled Warren Beatty/Howard Hughes Project 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Ribbon of Dreams 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Daphne and Me 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Horrible Bosses 2 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jersey Boys 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Night Will Fall 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mirror Mirror 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mother's Day 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Woody Allen: A Documentary 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Horrible Bosses 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Skyline 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

21 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Women's Murder Club 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Code Name: The Cleaner 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

End Game 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Running Scared 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Santa's Slay 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paid in Full 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Double Take 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Helmut By June (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hong Kong Phooey (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (19)

Film School 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Friends Call Me Johnny 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

On the Lot 2004 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk'd 2004 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Class Act 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grand 2008 (Movie)

'Sob Story' Barry Blaustein (Actor)

Entourage 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Score 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Chan 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Black and White 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Canned Ham: Rush Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (19)

Partners 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

30 for 30 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

("Happy Birthday") (Director)

Chaos 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Prison Break 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Money Talks 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Beverly Hills Cop IV (Movie)

(Director)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Prolific music video director-turned-millennial blockbuster king, Brett Ratner kicked off his Hollywood career with a bang, establishing himself as a director of commercially successful popcorn movies beginning in the late 1990s. Though frequently derided by critics for his big-budget, high-octane approach to filmmaking, Ratner's success at the box office could not be disputed. As the director of the hugely profitable "Rush Hour" series, Ratner reigned over an international money-making machine which netted New Line Studios a whopping $850 million at the box office, elevating him into the strata of Hollywood's A-list filmmakers. Well known in Hollywood for his active social schedule and hard-partying ways, Ratner's private life was often every bit as colorful as his movies, with rumored romances with a bevy of high-profile starlets including Rebecca Gayheart and Lindsay Lohan as well as tennis champ Serena Williams keeping him tabloid-friendly. But this was also the same man who so respected the vanishing old Hollywood guard, he was known to pursue the legends of the business like an enamored schoolgirl, endearing himself to many in the process for his almost childlike enthusiasm for everything Hollywood.

Relationships

Rebecca Gayheart Actor

Companion
Gayheart appeared in Ratner's NYU short film "Whatever Happened to Mason Reese?" (1990) Dated from c. 1989 to summer 1999; reportedly reconciled in 2001 No longer together

Lindsay Lohan Actor

Companion
Rumored to have had a brief fling in 2006

Jennifer Meyer

Companion
West Coast beauty editor for Glamour magazine Dated in the summer and fall of 1999

Finata Pressman

Grandmother
Well-known socialite in Miami

Alina Puscau Actor

Companion
Dated in 2005

Marcia Ratner

Mother
Ratner's parents married when he was in his senior year of high school

Ronny Ratner

Father
Ratner's parents married when he was in his senior year of high school Died in 2006

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1990
Enrolled in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts at age 16

Milestones

2011

Directed the ensemble comedy feature "Tower Heist"

2011

Announced as the producer of The 84th annual Academy Awards (2012); resigned a few months later after after coming under fire for making a homophobic slur following a screening of his film "Tower Heist"; scheduled host Eddie Murphy also dropped out less t

2009

Joined several directors in "New York, I Love You," a collective work of eleven short films

2007

Once again re-teamed with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan for "Rush Hour 3"

2006

Directed the third installment of the "X-Men" franchise "X-Men: The Last Stand"

2005

Executive produced the Fox prison drama "Prison Break"

2004

Directed "After the Sunset," starring Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek

2002

Directed "Red Dragon," a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs"

2001

Re-teamed with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan for "Rush Hour 2"

1999

Directed Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni in "The Family Man"

1998

Directed Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in the smash hit "Rush Hour"

1997

Directed first feature film "Money Talks," starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker

1990

Received several student awards for his senior film "Whatever Happened to Mason Reese"

1989

Received a scholarship from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment to fund his thesis project

1987

Fellow NYU student Russell Simmons hired Ratner to direct a Run DMC music video

1986

Moved to New York to attend NYU at the age of 16

Collaborated with music producer Russell Simmons, directing music videos for Heavy D, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Madonna

Bonus Trivia

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In August 2011, Ratner announced that he was producing The 84th annual Academy Awards. He resigned on Nov. 8, 2011 after coming under fire for making a homophobic slur the previous week during a Q&A session following a screening of his film "Tower Heist." The show's scheduled host, Eddie Murphy, announced his resignation less than 24 hours after Ratner stepped down. That same day, Brian Grazer was brought in to replace him as the producer (along with veteran TV producer Don Mischer) of the Oscar telecast.

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