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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 17, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, messenger, flower shop clerk, security guard, gas station clerk

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After making one of the most talked-about films of the 1990s, "The Usual Suspects" (1995), director Bryan Singer was tagged as being one of the more talented filmmakers of his generation. The surprise success of the film - as well as its submergence into the cultural zeitgeist - gave Singer the proverbial keys to the kingdom, allowing him unfettered access to some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Though he followed "The Usual Suspects" with the lesser appreciated "Apt Pupil" (1998), Singer directed what many considered to be two of the better comic book adaptations of recent memory - "X-Men" (2000) and "X2: X-Men United" (2003), confirming that his previous success was no fleeting matter. Because both films garnered considerable critical acclaim and were big hits at the box office, he was a natural fit to make "Superman Returns" (2006), a reboot of the once popular, but fallen franchise, which propelled Singer into the upper tier of working directors, as well as making him a popular figure among comic book and science fiction aficionados.

After making one of the most talked-about films of the 1990s, "The Usual Suspects" (1995), director Bryan Singer was tagged as being one of the more talented filmmakers of his generation. The surprise success of the film - as well as its submergence into the cultural zeitgeist - gave Singer the proverbial keys to the kingdom, allowing him unfettered access to some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Though he followed "The Usual Suspects" with the lesser appreciated "Apt Pupil" (1998), Singer directed what many considered to be two of the better comic book adaptations of recent memory - "X-Men" (2000) and "X2: X-Men United" (2003), confirming that his previous success was no fleeting matter. Because both films garnered considerable critical acclaim and were big hits at the box office, he was a natural fit to make "Superman Returns" (2006), a reboot of the once popular, but fallen franchise, which propelled Singer into the upper tier of working directors, as well as making him a popular figure among comic book and science fiction aficionados.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Valkyrie (2008)
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  X2: X-Men United (2003) Director
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  X-Men (2000) Director
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  Alien Love Triangle (1998) Director ("The Last Question")
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  Apt Pupil (1998) Director
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  Usual Suspects, The (1994) Director
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  Public Access (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Book That Wrote Itself, The (2001) Himself
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 X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered (2003) Interviewee
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 X-Men: The Mutant Watch (2000) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1988:
Worked with many childhood friends on first short "Lion's Den," including actor Ethan Hawke and editor John Ottman
1993:
Made feature directing debut with "Public Access"; also co-scripted with childhood pal Christopher McQuarrie
1995:
Earned critical acclaim for directing "The Usual Suspects," written by McQuarrie, and composed and edited by Ottman
1998:
Directed "Apt Pupil" from a screenplay written by Brandon Boyce; first collaboration with actors Ian McKellen and Bruce Davison
2000:
Directed McKellen and Davison in feature adaptation of "X-Men" ; worked on script with friend and partner Tom DeSanto
2002:
Returned to direct sequel "X2"
2004:
Executive produced Fox medical drama "House"; also directed pilot episode
2006:
Directed Brandon Routh as the man of steel in "Superman Returns"
2008:
Directed Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie," a historical thriller set in Nazi Germany during World War II
2011:
Produced prequel to "X-Men" film series titled "X-Men: First Class"
2012:
Executive produced and directed failed "Munsters" reboot "Mockingbird Lane" (NBC)
2013:
Directed action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"
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Education

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional High School South: Plainsboro , New Jersey - 1984
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1989
School of Visual Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

"While there are apparent similarities to Quentin Tarantino, Singer sings a more melodic, less irritating tune. He derides the celebration of violence--because his mother doesn't like it. If Tarantino is the personfication of 90's pop culture--Eddie Haskell doing Elvis backed by four guys with big guns--Singer is Ricky Nelson with a bullet." --Tom Christie in Details, September 1995.

"I wanted to take the crime drama genre and twist it a bit. Everyone's got a piece of the puzzle, everyone thinks they know something, but they don't. I like the idea of things not always being what they seem." --Singer on "The Usual Suspects" in the Los Angeles Times, January 27, 1995.

"Bryan Singer's got ice water in his blood." --Stephen King.

"Perception as a whole has always interested me. The idea that behind every face, There's a thousand faces. Beneath the placid veneer of middle America, there lies terrors. Everything is much more complex than we like to think it is. Which is why Kurt Dussander ("Apt Pupil") interests me, which is why Keyser Soze ("The Usual Suspects") interests me. It's almost a trick on the audience, people think there's a purposeful goodness to this character and then he turns evil. The audience is confused, 'I invested myself in this character as a hero, and now I don't understand'. Well, that's your problem; that's what you wanted to see". --Singer to MovieMaker, November-December 1998

Singer told The New York Times (July 9, 2000) that he was inspired to become a director after watching a TV profile of Steven Spielberg: ""He was this Jewish kid like me, he lived in New Jersey for awhile, he had a drawer full of 8-millimeter movies too when he was young. And I thought, I make all these films for fun and I take all these photographs and why don't I do this for a living, just like Steven Spielberg?

"I remember walking home to my house in the middle of the night feeling like, wow, if nothing else I've decided what I want to do with my life. Even if I weren't successful I knew I would always make films."

Family close complete family listing

father:
Norbert Singer. Executive. With Maidenform; adoptive father.
mother:
Grace Singer. Environmental activist. Adoptive mother.
uncle:
Jacques Singer. Conductor.
cousin:
Marc Singer. Actor.
cousin:
Lori Singer. Actor.
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