Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner

Mar. 28th, 1969
Born in
Miami Beach, Florida, USA
5' 8"

Brett Ratner's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Film School TV Show
Film School

Main Movie Roles

2011 - The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
2009 - I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
2007 - The Grand
1983 - Scarface

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Judge
Brett Ratner
Himself - Director
[Complete List]


Ratner grew up in Miami Beach, the only child of a famous Jewish socialite mother. He attended Miami Beach Senior High and was President of the Leo Club in 1986. He was also a member of the "fraternity" Royal Palm. He attended NYU film school currently lives in a $3.6 M house in Beverly Hills. Ratner is also a good friend of Def Jam mogul Russell Simmons, and has directed music videos for many rap stars.

  • Was for some time attached to direct _Superman Returns (2006)_ (qv). He left the project because of repeated delays and difficulty in casting a lead actor. The project then went to 'Bryan Singer' (qv), while Ratner went on to direct _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv), the two previous movies in the saga having been directed by Singer.
  • (1997) Engaged to 'Rebecca Gayheart' (qv).
  • In 2008, at Beverly Hills Film Festival presented the 1st annual Living Legends Award to legendary photographer Phil Stern.
  • After meeting with real life FBI agents, he decided that it would not be authentic to have 'Scott Glenn' (qv) reprise the role of Jack Crawford in _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv), his _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv) prequel. Instead, he cast 'Harvey Keitel' (qv), in a role originally created by 'Dennis Farina' (qv) in _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv). Keitel and Farina had also both played Ray Barbone in the film _Get Shorty (1995)_ (qv). Ratner was considered for directing the sequel to Get Shorty, entitled _Be Cool (2005)_ (qv), in which Keitel also appears.
  • At Miami Beach Senior High School was a drama student of well-known instructor 'Jay W. Jensen' (qv).
  • Got his start by directing rap and hip-hop videos for his friend 'Russell Simmons' (qv). When the original director of _Money Talks (1997)_ (qv) had to be replaced, 'Russell Simmons' (qv) recommended him.
  • Favorite film director is 'Hal Ashby' (qv).
  • Once vowed he would not direct movies until he had directed at least 100 music videos.

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