Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American film director and music-video director. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida and graduated from New York University Film School. He is the executive producer of all current 44 episodes of Prison Break and is the director of the episode "Pilot".
Brett Ratner was born in Miami Beach to Marcia Ratner, a Cuban-born Jewish socialite. Ratner directed music videos before reaching commercial success with the action-comedy Rush Hour (1998), starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, both of whom reunited with Ratner for a sequel, Rush Hour 2 (2001). Ratner was under consideration to direct X-Men (2000) and Superman Returns (2006), although both were eventually directed by Bryan Singer. After Singer left the X-Men franchise to direct Superman Returns, Ratner coincidentally became director of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Ratner finished directing "Perfect Dark" a picture about San Fransico in the 1920's starring Meryl Streep, Billy Bob Thorton, Josh Duhamel and introducing Matthew Saunders in early 2007. It is set to be released in late July 2007.
He is a guest lecturer at the New York Film Academy and USC
As of 2006, Ratner resides in Beverly Hills, California. On April 25, 2007, Fox Broadcasting announced that he, Carrie Fisher, Garry Marshall, and Jon Avnet would be the judges for the network's filmmaking-competition reality TV series, On the Lot, which premiered in May 2007.
Ratner was seen on MTV series Punk'd when Hugh Jackman, who portrays Wolverine in the X-Men films, was the subject of a practical joke that made it appear Ratner's $3.6 million home in Beverly Hills was destroyed by a BBQ grill explosion. Ashton Kutcher later arrived to his home and hugged him after Jackman was punk'd.
He appeared as himself in James Toback's semi-improvised drama Black and White
He also appeared as himself in Entourage, as part of a storyline centered on Johnny Drama's appearance in Rush Hour 3.
Film and television
|2007||Rush Hour 3||Feature film||Director|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Feature film||Director|
|2004||After the Sunset||Feature film||Director|
|2002||Red Dragon||Feature film||Director|
|2001||Rush Hour 2||Feature film||Director|
|2000||The Family Man||Feature film||Director|
|1998||Rush Hour||Feature film||Director|
|1997||Money Talks||Feature film||Director|
|1990||Whatever Happened to Mason Reese||Short film||Director, producer and writer|
|2007||"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"||Jessica Simpson||Director|
|"Say OK"||Vanessa Hudgens||Director|
|2006||"A Public Affair"||Jessica Simpson||Director|
|2005||"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"||Jessica Simpson||Director|
|"We Belong Together"||Mariah Carey||Director|
|"It's Like That"||Mariah Carey||Director|
|2000||"Thank God I Found You"||Mariah Carey||Director|
|1998||"I Still Believe"||Mariah Carey||Director|
|1994||"Nuttin' But Love"||Heavy D and the Boyz]]||Director|
|Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3|
|Paul Scheuring • Brett Ratner • Matt Olmstead • Kevin Hooks |
Dawn Parouse • Marty Adelstein • Neal Moritz • Michael Pavone