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Ryan Murphy (1965)

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Ryan Murphy is an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for creating/co-creating the television series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story.


He started out as a journalist working for The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Knoxville News Sentinel and Entertainment Weekly. He began scriptwriting in the late 1990s, when Steven Spielberg purchased his script, Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn?

Murphy started his career in television in 1999 with the teen comedy series Popular. The show aired on The WB for two seasons.

Murphy is the Golden Globe-winning creator of Nip/Tuck, which aired on FX and was both a commercial and critical hit. He executive produced, wrote, and directed many episodes; in 2004, Murphy earned his first ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Murphy took the show's signature line, "Tell me what you don't like about yourself", from a plastic surgeon he met when he was a journalist researching an undercover story on plastic surgery in Beverly Hills.

Murphy has also created a couple of failed pilots: the WB sitcom pilot St. Sass starring Delta Burke and Heather Matarazzo, which wasn't picked up. In 2008, Murphy wrote and directed the FX pilot Pretty/Handsome, which also was not picked up.

One of Murphy's current projects is the FOX musical comedy-drama Glee, co-created with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Fox aired a preview episode on May 19, 2009, following the season finale of American Idol; the show aired its first regular season episode on September 9, 2009. The show's early success in its planned thirteen-episode run led the network to order an additional nine episodes for the spring, making it the first new fall series in 2009 to get a full season order of twenty-two episodes. It was announced during the last half of the first season that FOX had ordered a complete second and third season of Glee due to high ratings and positive feedback about the show and the characters. He won his first Emmy for directing the pilot episode of Glee, while the show received a record nineteen nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, although it lost the latter to Modern Family while winning in four categories. The show was nominated for twelve Emmys for its second season. It is now in its third season.

Another one of Murphy's current projects is American Horror Story which aired October 5, 2011 on the channel FX. The channel was blown away with phenomenal ratings and the show has been signed on for another series although next series will have different characters and a different haunted house/building. This idea has had much uproar with the fans, particularly on the social networking site tumblr. We have yet to see which original cast members remain on next season's cast.

In October 2011, it was announced that Murphy, along with Glee co-executive producer Ali Adler, would be co-creating a new half-hour comedy pilot that "centers on a gay couple and the surrogate who will carry their child". According to Entertainment Weekly, there was a bidding war between ABC, NBC, and FOX for the project, with the show going to NBC.

In 2006, Murphy wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film Running with Scissors. Based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs, the movie version starred Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin and Brian Cox, and, as the young Burroughs, newcomer Joseph Cross.

In 2010 Murphy directed Julia Roberts in an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray, Love. The film was a box office success but a critical failure, receiving harsh reviews criticizing its pacing and lack of credibility. To date, the film has grossed $204,482,125 worldwide.

As of 2011, Murphy has several films in development: Dirty Tricks, a political comedy; Face, a plastic surgery thriller; Need, an erotic thriller; and Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

 personal life
Murphy is openly gay.

Murphy grew up in a Catholic household and continues to go to church.

Murphy serves on the National Advisory Board of the Young Storytellers Foundation.

On June 17, 2011, Murphy announced his engagement to a man he had known for 15 years.

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