Ryan Murphy

Screenwriter, Producer, TV series creator
Though he began his career working as a journalist for several major newspapers, writer and director Ryan Murphy shifted gears to become the creator and executive producer of "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003- ), a controversial ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1965 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

American Crime Story 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

American Horror Story 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Glee 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Nip/Tuck 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Popular 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Scream Queens 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The New Normal 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2007, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Normal Heart 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Director

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (6)

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Town that Dreaded Sundown 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Glee Project 2010 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Glee The 3D Concert Movie 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (5)

The 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Glee: Don't Stop Believing 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glee Project 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2010 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter
Writer (2)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)
Music (2)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

Mix Technician (Music)

Glee The 3D Concert Movie 2011 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Biography

Though he began his career working as a journalist for several major newspapers, writer and director Ryan Murphy shifted gears to become the creator and executive producer of "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003- ), a controversial, but stylish drama about two Miami-based plastic surgeons who constantly struggle between morality and profit. Having never dreamed of being a television producer, Ryan did have vague notions of someday working in the film industry, but he never anticipated creating a hit show that would earn both praise and scorn for its over-the-top sexuality, ambiguous morals and stomach-churning operations. Even before "Nip/Tuck," Murphy had little to do with television - he created the short-lived "Popular" (WB, 1999-2001) and sold a screenplay to Steven Spielberg - but chose instead to focus on entertainment journalism for <i>The Miami Herald</i> - a roundabout path that eventually led him toward a successful film and television career. He further cemented his bona fides when he drew upon his own high school experiences as an actor to create and executive produce the popular musical comedy, "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ), proving that Murphy was always willing to take a creative risk.

Relationships

David Miller

Husband
Married July 2012

Logan Miller Murphy

Son
Born Dec. 24, 2012 via surrogate; father, David Miller

EDUCATION

Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

Warren Central High School

Indianapolis, Indiana

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series ("Glee")

2010

Directed Julia Roberts in "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir; Murphy also co-wrote the screenplay with Jennifer Salt

2009

Created the musical comedy series, "Glee" for FOX; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series ("Pilot") and Outstanding Comedy Series

2007

Signed a $15 million, three-and-a-half year pact to develop new series with 20th Century Fox

2006

Wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film, "Running with Scissors"; film is based on a semi-autobiographical memoir by Augusten Burroughs

2003

Created the FX series, "Nip/Tuck"; also wrote and directed several episodes

2000

Signed two-year development deal with Warner Bros. Television and Tollin-Robbins Productions

1999

Created the hit WB series, "Popular"; also executive produced and wrote several episodes

1998

Village Roadshow picked up "The Furies," a horror comedy penned by Murphy

1997

His romantic comedy screenplay "A Thousand Kisses" was picked up by Warner Bros

1997

"Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn?" moved to Lakeshore Entertainment with Michael Lembeck set to direct; film didn't proceed

1996

Sold the screenplays "Red, White and Blue" and "Keeper of the Flame" to Universal and Working Title

1995

Sold the screenplay "Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn?" to Norman Jewison

Conducted Bette Davis' final interview

Worked as an entertainment journalist for nine years, contributing to such publications as <i>The Washington Post</i>, <i>Rolling Stone</i>, <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, <i>Us</i> and <i>Miami Herald</

Bonus Trivia

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In the wake of the killings at Columbine High School. Ryan Murphy spoke to The Dallas Morning News (May 30, 1999) about responsible programming and said of "Popular": "With all the stuff that's been happening at the high schools, I feel that this is an important show simply because we will be making the disenfranchised kids look at the popular kids in another way, and we will be making the popular kids look at the disenfranchised kids in a different way. To me, our show is about revealing the humanity behind these stereotypes."

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Jeffrey Epstein, writer for The Advocate (April 11, 2000), on the popularity of "Popular": "Give credit to openly gay series creator Ryan Murphy for concocting a show that can make 'Will & Grace' look like 'The Golden Girls.'"

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Murphy, describing his own high school experience to The News-Times (Sept. 30, 1999), says that he himself became popular, "after I found a really good velour sweater and got the lead in 'South Pacific.' As I got more confident, I came into my own."

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On setting "Popular" apart from other high school-set series: "It had to be something you've never seen before. That's why I decided to make it really f*cked-up and dark and crazy. I never pitched it as a teen series." - Murphy quoted in the Paper, July 2000

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Ryan Murphy on his inspiration for "Popular" and its high school setting: "One of the shows I was influenced by was 'Absolutely Fabulous.' I liked the whole visual look of that show and how it was so outrageous but you still really cared about the characters."I never wanted to do a high school show. I wanted to do a show about ambition and I picked high school 'cos that's where you first learn that behaviour. I never write the characters as teenagers; I write them as me, with my 33-year-old viewpoint. Every character, even if they're popular or beautiful or rich, is tormented. The theme of the show is ambition and the desperate need to be accepted or loved. Everyone can relate to that." - from London's Daily Express, July 8, 2000

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