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Brett Ratner (1969)

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Brett Ratner is an American film director, film producer and music video director. He is best known for directing the Rush Hour film series, The Family Man, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Tower Heist. He was also a producer on the Fox drama series, Prison Break.


 early life
Ratner was born in Miami Beach, Florida. His mother, Marcia Presman, was the daughter of Eastern European Jews who lived in Cuba before moving to Florida in the 1960s. His father was Ronald 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. Ratner told Aventura Business Monthly in a May, 2011, cover story interview that he "really didn't know" his biological father, and that he considers Alvin Malnik, who opened the famous Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, to be his dad, "the one who raised" him.

Ratner attended high school in Israel and graduated in 1986 from Miami Beach Senior High School. He is a 1990 graduate of New York University. In 2010, he cited the 1980 boxing film Raging Bull as his inspiration to enter the world of film.

Ratner had directed several music videos and one film, the 1997 action comedy Money Talks, before reaching commercial success with the action-comedy Rush Hour , starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, both of whom reunited with Ratner for two sequels, Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3 . Ratner was under consideration to direct X-Men and Superman Returns , 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 .

In May 2008, it was announced that Ratner would be directing the upcoming long in-development Beverly Hills Cop IV. He also edited the English version of the Indian film Kites, starring Indian superstar Hrithik Roshan and Mexican actress Bárbara Mori.

Ratner directed and served as an executive producer on the 2011 CBS comedy-drama television series CHAOS. In the same year, Ratner also directed Tower Heist.

In May 2011, it was announced that Ratner signed on to direct The 39 Clues, the live-action adaptation of the young-adult book series.

 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.

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, in an episode that was shot at his actual Beverly Hills home, according to an interview he did in Aventura Business Monthly, and in the film ''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.
Brett Ratner also created his own magazine titled "Ratmag" through celebrity magazine publisher MYMAG.

 Academy Awards
On August 4, 2011, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Ratner would be producing the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer. However, on November 8, 2011, Ratner resigned as producer of the 84th Academy Awards, after jokingly making the comment "rehearsing is for fags" while being interviewed by shock jock Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show. Actor Eddie Murphy, who had been lined up to host the show, dropped from his position as well upon Ratner's departure.

Ratner will produce the Gothic tale of Snow White, which is based on the screenplay The Brothers Grimm: Snow White by Melisa Wallack.

Ratner has produced feature films, TV series, and documentaries. He executive produced the 2010 documentary film, Catfish as well as the 2011 TV documentary, American Masters: WoodyAllen – A Documentary. Ratner also produced Horrible Bosses .

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