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Brett Ratner

Ratner at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Born March 28, 1969 (1969-03-28) (age 40)
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Director
Years active 1990–present

Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American filmmaker and music video director. He is best known for his films such as The Family Man, Red Dragon, the Rush Hour series, and X-Men: The Last Stand. He was also a producer on the Fox drama, Prison Break.


Early life

Ratner was born in Miami Beach, Florida to Marcia Presman, the daughter of Eastern European Jews who lived in Cuba before moving to Florida in the 1960s.[1] His father was Ronny Ratner, the son of a wealthy Miami businessman. Ratner's parents married when he was in his senior year of high school, and his father died in 2006.[2]

Ratner attended high school in Israel[2] and is a 1990 graduate of New York University.[3]




Ratner directed several music videos and one movie, the 1997 action comedy Money Talks, before reaching commercial success with the action-comedy Rush Hour (1998), starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, both of whom reunited with Ratner for two sequels, Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007). 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 became director of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

In May 2008, it was announced that Ratner would be directing the upcoming long in-development Beverly Hills Cop IV.[4]

Ratner has been rumored to be working on a film based on the God Of War video game series prior to the release of God Of War 2. It has been considered a make or break film either being a knock -out or disappointment for fans. Resources suggests that Djimon Hounsu will be playing the part of Kratos, creating debate between Continuity and Hounsu's suitability to the movie.

Screen appearances

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 at his home and hugged him after Jackman was punk'd.[5]

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 to low ratings in May 2007.

He also appeared as himself in Entourage and in the movie Black and White.


His publishing company, Rat Press, is re-releasing out of print books about Hollywood. The first three books, released on March 25, 2009, are about Marlon Brando, Robert Evans and Jim Brown.[6] Brett Ratner also created his own magazine titled "Ratmag" through a celebrity magazine publishing company called MYMAG.

Personal life

Ratner funds a scholarship to the New York Film Academy,[7] where he has been a featured guest speaker. Ratner has recently created his own website called where he has posted his previous projects. It has been recently known to expose an interview with Michael Jackson, who was a good friend of his during Jackson's final years.


Ratner holding a producer credit for The 1 Second Film, September 2004

Film and television

Year Film Type Notes
1990 Whatever Happened to Mason Reese Short film Director, producer and writer
1997 Money Talks Feature film Director
1998 Rush Hour Feature film Director
2000 The Family Man Feature film Director
2001 Rush Hour 2 Feature film Director
2002 Red Dragon Feature film Director
2004 After the Sunset Feature film Director
2005 Prison Break (Pilot episode) TV series Director
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Feature film Director
Becker Hargrove, Inc. Short film Producer
2007 Rush Hour 3 Feature film Director
2009 New York, I Love You Feature film Director

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
1993 "Rat Bastard" Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich Director
"Kick the Bobo" Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich Director
"Pink Cookies In a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings" LL Cool J Director
1994 "Nuttin' But Love" Heavy D and the Boyz Director
1997 "Triumph" Wu-Tang Clan Director
1998 "I Still Believe" Mariah Carey Director
1999 "Beautiful Stranger" Madonna Director
"Heartbreaker" Mariah Carey Director
2000 "Thank God I Found You" Mariah Carey Director
2001 "Diddy" P. Diddy Director
2005 "It's Like That" Mariah Carey Director
"We Belong Together" Mariah Carey Director
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" Jessica Simpson Director
2006 "Make Them Suffer" Cannibal Corpse Director
"A Public Affair" Jessica Simpson Director
"Samantha" Courtney Love Director
2008 "7 Things" Miley Cyrus Director
"Touch My Body" Mariah Carey Director
"Just Like Me" Jamie Foxx Director[8]
2009 "Obsessed" Mariah Carey Director
"H.A.T.E.U." Mariah Carey Director

See also


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