Birthplace: Miami Beach, FL
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Film Director, Film/TV Producer
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Red Dragon
Brett Ratner was raised in Miami Beach by his single mother, a prominent local socialite, who gave her son few rules to live by, even telling Ratner that school was optional, and suggested he would learn more dropping out and touring Europe. Instead, he often skipped school to hang around wherever Miami Vice was being filmed, and spent time making his own movies with his camcorder.
He applied to the New York University film school when he was just 16 and was initially rejected due to his poor grades in high school. Ratner, though, literally begged the dean to watch just one of his films, and after the screening the dean relented, and Ratner was admitted. A few years later, when Ratner needed more funding to complete his senior project, Whatever Happened to Mason Reese, he sent dozens of pleading form letters to well-respected Hollywood names, and got only one response -- a check for $5,000 from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.
Ratner's first commercial success came with music videos for Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, and Madonna. His first feature film was Money Talks with Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen, and his second was the blockbuster Rush Hour with Tucker and Jackie Chan. His other films include X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon and After the Sunset.
As famous for being a party animal as for his films, the tabloids have romantically linked Ratner with everyone from Jewel to Naomi Campbell to Lindsay Lohan, but he insists that the celebrity women who often accompany him are all "just friends".
Ratner has also worked as a producer on the feature films Double Take, Paid in Full, and Running Scared, and the TV series Prison Break. On Broadway, he produced Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, which won a Tony Award, and he has passed along Spielberg's favor by producing several short films for struggling moviemakers. Ratner is also a still photographer, and has seen his work appear in Vanity Fair and Vogue Homme. He has an old-fashioned photo booth in his mansion -- sit down, pull the curtain, and the machine takes four snapshots -- and Ratner's book of these celebrity photos was released as Hilhaven Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures.
Girlfriend: Rebecca Gayheart (actress, dated 1989-99, engaged 1996-99)
Girlfriend: Serena Williams (tennis player, dated 2004-05)
Girlfriend: Alina Puscau (Romanian model, dated 2005-06)
High School: Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami Beach, FL
University: New York University
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FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
Movie 43 (1-Jan-2013)
Tower Heist (2-Nov-2011)
New York, I Love You (5-Feb-2009)
Rush Hour 3 (9-Aug-2007)
X-Men: The Last Stand (22-May-2006)
After the Sunset (10-Nov-2004)
Red Dragon (30-Sep-2002)
Rush Hour 2 (26-Jul-2001)
The Family Man (12-Dec-2000)
Rush Hour (18-Sep-1998)
Money Talks (22-Aug-1997)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (16-Jan-2009) · Himself
The Grand (7-Jun-2007) · "Sob Story" Barry Blaustein
Black and White (4-Sep-1999) · Himself
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