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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 28, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA Profession: director, producer

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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...

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.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

2.
  Movie 43 (2013)
3.
  Tower Heist (2011)
5.
  Rush Hour 3 (2007)
6.
  X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Director (In Negotiations)
7.
  After the Sunset (2004) Director
8.
  Red Dragon (2002) Director
9.
  Rush Hour 2 (2001) Director
10.
  Family Man, The (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Grand, The (2007)
4.
 Black and White (1999) Himself
5.
 Score, The (2002)
6.
 Jackie Chan (2001) Interviewee
7.
 Canned Ham: Rush Hour (1998) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1986:
Moved to New York to attend NYU at the age of 16
1987:
Fellow NYU student Russell Simmons hired Ratner to direct a Run DMC music video
1989:
Received a scholarship from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment to fund his thesis project
1990:
Received several student awards for his senior film "Whatever Happened to Mason Reese"
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Collaborated with music producer Russell Simmons, directing music videos for Heavy D, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Madonna
1997:
Directed first feature film "Money Talks," starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker
1998:
Directed Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in the smash hit "Rush Hour"
1999:
Directed Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni in "The Family Man"
2001:
Re-teamed with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan for "Rush Hour 2"
2002:
Directed "Red Dragon," a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs"
2004:
Directed "After the Sunset," starring Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek
2005:
Executive produced the Fox prison drama "Prison Break"
2006:
Directed the third installment of the "X-Men" franchise "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2007:
Once again re-teamed with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan for "Rush Hour 3"
2009:
Joined several directors in "New York, I Love You," a collective work of eleven short films
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 than 24 hours later; Brian Grazer brought in to replace Ratner as producer (along with veteran TV producer Don Mischer) of the Oscar telecast
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1990

Notes

Had small acting part in "Black and White," a 1999 feature about a group of inter-racial teens in New York City; played himself

"...I just cried. I knew I had to make this movie. I never would have been interested in making a romantic comedy before this." - Brett Ratner on reading the script for "The Family Man" (dvdfile.com: In The Director's Chair, July 10, 2001)

Campaigned, unsuccessfully, to direct a James Bond movie

"That's why I go to universities all around the county and I speak to students and I tell them how I did "Rush Hour" and what the process was. Once you hear someone talk about it and hear the experience that they went through, it becomes easier. So that's something that I love doing for other people because it was the way that I learned how to make movies." - Brett Ratner (Directorsworld.com, January 8, 2001)

"I think the fans of 'Rush Hour' are going to see the movie, and they're going to be happy. They're going to be pleased. This is a good movie. Nobody did it just to get rich." - Brett Ratner on "Rush Hour 2," shortly before it opened as a record-breaking box office Smash (Audiencemag.com, July 2001)

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Rebecca Gayheart. Actor. Directed her in the short "What Ever Happened to Mason Reese?"; together from c. 1989 to summer 1999; reportedly reconciled in 2001.
companion:
Jennifer Meyer. Magazine editor. West Coast beauty editor for <i> Glamour</i>; dated in summer and fall 1999.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Marcia Ratner. Well-known socialite in Miami.
grandmother:
Finata Pressman. Well-known socialite in Miami.

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