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Short Info

Net Worth$65 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 28, 1969
MarkOpens his movies with a character singing
FactGot his start by directing rap and hip-hop videos for his friend Russell Simmons. When the original director of Money Talks (1997) had to be replaced, Russell Simmons recommended him.
PaymentsEarned $8 .000.000 + A percentage of final net gross from X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Brett Ratner is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for his work on the Rush Hour film series, The Family Man, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Tower Heist. He has also directed music videos and commercials.

Ratner was born on March 28, 1969, in Miami Beach, Florida, to Marsha Pratts, a socialite, and Ronald Ratner, a real estate developer. He has a sister, Jamie. His father is Jewish and his mother is of Cuban descent. He was raised in a Jewish household and attended Hebrew school. He graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1987.

Ratner’s career began as a music video director. He directed videos for Mariah Carey, En Vogue, Lionel Richie, and Madonna. He made his feature film directorial debut with Money Talks (1997), starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker. His other films include Rush Hour (1998), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Red Dragon (2002), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), and Tower Heist (2011). He has also directed episodes of television shows such as Prison Break and Empire.

Ratner has been married twice. His first wife was model Rebecca McBrain; they divorced in 2003. He married actress Olivia Munn in 2004; they divorced in 2006. He has been in a relationship with tennis player Serena Williams since 2007. They have a daughter born in 2009.

Ratner’s net worth is estimated to be $85 million. He has earned millions from his work as a director, producer, and screenwriter.

General Info

Full NameBrett Ratner
Net Worth$65 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 28, 1969
Height1.73 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Music Video Director, Actor, Television Director
EducationNew York University, Tisch School of the Arts


ParentsRonald Ratner, Marcia Presman


AwardsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-fiction Series
MoviesHercules, X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour, Tower Heist, Red Dragon, The Family Man, Rush Hour 3, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset, Money Talks, Movie 43, New York, I Love You, Beverly Hills Cop 4, Horrible Bosses, Mirror Mirror, Horrible Bosses 2, I Saw the Light, Catfish, Rules Don't Apply, I Knew It...
TV ShowsOn the Lot

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#Marks / Signs
1Frequently casts Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker and Ken Leung
2Opens his movies with a character singing


Rush Hour 3 (2007)$7,500,000
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)$8 .000.000 + A percentage of final net gross
Red Dragon (2002)$6,000,000
Rush Hour 2 (2001)$5,000,000
The Family Man (2000)$5,000,000


1If a short film on YouTube or whatever affects me that way, it comes to my attention and makes me interested in that filmmaker's ability to take me on a journey. Having a point of view is important. The problem is that a lot of filmmakers are trying to define their style. They want to be the next Spielberg or Scorsese. You don't have to do that with your first film. You just have to discover who you are and what your interests are. When I was in film school, they separate the wheat from the chaff was films that had a feature look. They had the quality of a feature film. But that's not as important anymore. It's just the story that's being told. That's why we accept a film shot on an iPhone 5, or something like The Blair Witch Project (1999). Once all these digital formats came out, companies like Panavision had to step up their game. Then came the RED camera. Technology was simplifying the whole medium. At NYU, to get recognized by Hollywood, you had to make a short film with a feature-length look to it - lit-well, in focus, beautiful photography. I financed and produced The Revenant (2015). It's breathtakingly beautiful, but I'd finance it even if it was shot with something else. That only enhances your experience of the movie. If you shot something on an iPhone, it's going to look grainy blown up on the big screen. So you have to use a different format for that. But there are different formats and media whereas before, you could only make a movie for the big screen. [2015]
2The guy who directed Saul fia (2015) is probably getting offered 20 movies right now, but he's choosing to go do a movie in his native Hungary. That's my advice to filmmakers: Have your next movie ready to go. Don't sit around. Go shoot. I only got to where I am because I'd shot millions of feet of film before I shot my first movie. Then I was ready to make them back to back. I wasn't sitting around reveling in the success of "Rush Hour." I shot like seven movies in seven years. Then I started taking my time to be more strategic about it. But don't be strategic about it - just go shoot a movie. At the end of the day, it's about a body of work. Nobody's judged by one film, right? You can't judge Coppola on The Godfather (1972). There's The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979) and _The Outsiders (1980). That's what you have to look at. [2015]
3[his advice for young filmmakers] You have to be in it for the right reasons - because you love storytelling. That's the skill set of any filmmaker. They have to love that part of that. If you want to do it because you want to be famous, get laid, get rich, or whatever, it's not going to happen for you. Everyone from Spielberg to Mike Leigh had a strong desire to tell stories. [2015]
4[on supporting young filmmakers] When I was a film student at NYU, there wasn't a platform like the internet for filmmakers. HBO was the only company that was buying short-form content, and it was only a little bit every month. But there were thousands of short films being made. Now, of course, with the globalization of film, there are so many more opportunities. The cool thing is that while you can make a film with your iPhone, it's still an expensive medium if you want quality - if you want a mix, if you want to do color correction. Even though there's software for editing, there's not really a post-production program for home use. That will happen eventually, but it still costs money to do something of quality. So there wasn't an outlet for that. Now, Steven Spielberg has someone every month prepare the best of YouTube. There's so much short-form content better than feature films out there. So there are huge opportunities now for young filmmakers out there to get something seen. As a young filmmaker, I could make something, but how would you get somebody to see it? (...) I got an agent out of the NYU film festival. Thank God that there was an agent there. She just happened to be there the night my short film was showing. Now, I think there are more opportunities. But the reach goes both ways. After I made my short film, I sent a letter to 40 of my favorite people in the business. I got 39 rejection letters. Katherine Kennedy was the one who gave me money. The interesting thing about that wasn't that it made me an overnight sensation. Yeah, maybe I got a little popular at NYU. But the truth is it gave me tremendous validation and confidence. That's what I hope this program I'm supporting at Key West can do. It should give tremendous validation to a young film student - the confidence to continue to pursue what they want to do. The hardest part for me was not quitting. There were talented people at NYU film school who are probably stock brokers or real estate agents now. The only reason I'm one of the most successful guys out of NYU is because I didn't quit. [2015]
5As a producer, I want to service the director and help him make the film he wants to make. That's the great thing about RatPac - it's not just a financing company. There's a content creator - me, a filmmaker - behind it. I found that directors are embracing us as their partners. They're saying, "Hey, Brett, can you come in with this or that?" I understand their plight, you know? Harmony [director Harmony Korine] brought me his last script first. He wrote it in my house in Miami. People don't know this about me: I'm a cinephile and I love these filmmakers. I just produced a Martin Scorsese short film with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. I haven't necessarily made a movie like that myself, but I produce them. [2015]
6In an action movie, I don't want to move the camera too much, because the movement should be within the frame. The same goes for comedy. You don't want to push in for a joke; it's plenty in a medium shot. Watch my jokes, they're never in close-up. If the audience feels the camera, it's horrible.
7Am I Orson Welles? Obviously not. But 50 years from now, who knows how, as a person, I'll have grown. I've already changed, from being a 26-year-old kid to a 38-year-old guy - I'm not a man yet, really. But as I get older, who knows how my experiences and my knowledge, this past 12 years making movies, how that's all going to affect the movies that I make? I know that the life I lived from 16 to 26 allowed me to make a movie like Rush Hour (1998), so now let's see...
8No matter how successful you are, you are not invincible. The studio is writing the checks. It's all about leverage and who has the power. The goal is to get the biggest deal you can, because you are going to have to give something back to the studios anyway.
9[on recasting the role of Jack Crawford with Harvey Keitel in Red Dragon (2002)] When Jonathan Demme said make your own version, I couldn't see anyone but Anthony Hopkins and I couldn't see anyone but Anthony Heald as Dr. Chilton. I can't see another acting doing it. But what happened was I went down to the FBI, and discovered they're like tough New York Cops. They weren't like Scott Glenn.
10Why do I need final cut? Final cut is for artistes quote unquote -- directors whose movies don't make a lot of money. Maybe Scorsese should have final cut because a guy like Harvey Weinstein or a studio might change it to make it a little more accessible or a little more commercial and he has a vision of what he wants it to be. He wants it to be four hours long or whatever.
11There are very few perfect films. I think Reservoir Dogs (1992) is close to being a perfect film.
12In Hollywood you gotta keep the movement. You gotta have three or four projects and whichever one comes in first, or better, that's the one you're going to do.
13There's no difference between a tacky Jew from Miami and a rap star. They both want the Cadillac and the Rolex with the diamonds.


1President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 6th Beijing International Film Festival in 2016.
2Friends with Pierce Brosnan, who wanted Ratner to direct an unspecified 007 film (from the time period involved, the film in question was almost certainly "Die Another Day") but the Broccolis immediately told Brosnan they didn't like Ratner's films and would not consider him to EVER direct a James Bond film. Brosnan took on a co-lead role in Ratner's project "After the Sunset" instead.
3Was a great friend of Michael Jackson.
4Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Anthony Robbins and Tom Selleck, for "The Tony Robbins Ultimate Edge" system. [2008]
5At Beverly Hills Film Festival to present the 1st annual Living Legends Award to legendary photographer Phil Stern. [2008]
6No longer involved in the production of a new Superman movie. Stated that the repeated delays and difficulty in casting a lead actor made it impossible for him to remain involved.
7His five favorite films are The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), The Tenant (1976), The Killing (1956), Being There (1979) and Raging Bull (1980). The last of these was the film that made him want to go to film school; Robert Evans, the subject of The Kid Stays in The Picture, was one of his mentors.
8In the series "The Film That Changed My Life" (Observer newspaper UK/May 2010), Ratner cited Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980) as the singular movie that most inspired him to become a filmmaker. Claims to have seen the movie about 100 times, first when he was only 10-years-old with his mother's permission.
9Lives in Los Angeles, California and Miami Beach, Florida.
10In 2008, at Beverly Hills Film Festival presented the 1st annual Living Legends Award to legendary photographer Phil Stern.
11His mother, Marsha Presman, was just 16 when she gave birth to her son.
12Considered directing Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).
13In Red Dragon (2002), digital technology was used to smooth over some of Anthony Hopkins's facial features so that he would look younger than he was in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Similar technology was used in the first scene of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), so that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen could play their characters twenty years younger.
14Was for some time attached to direct Superman Returns (2006). He left the project because of repeated delays and difficulty in casting a lead actor. The project then went to Bryan Singer, while Ratner went on to direct X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), the two previous movies in the saga having been directed by Singer.
15Replaced director Matthew Vaughn just two months before filming began on X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
16At Miami Beach Senior High School was a drama student of well-known instructor Jay W. Jensen.
17Ranked #81 on Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. He did not rank on the 2004 list.
18After meeting with real life FBI agents, he decided that it would not be authentic to have Scott Glenn reprise the role of Jack Crawford in Red Dragon (2002), his The Silence of the Lambs (1991) prequel. Instead, he cast Harvey Keitel, in a role originally created by Dennis Farina in Manhunter (1986). Keitel and Farina had also both played Ray Barbone in the film Get Shorty (1995). Ratner was considered for directing the sequel to Get Shorty, entitled Be Cool (2005), in which Keitel also appears.
19Favorite film director is Hal Ashby.
20Was in pre-production for a remake of John Cassavetes' The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) after he finished Rush Hour (1998). It was to be written by Cassavetes' son, Nick Cassavetes and Warren Beatty was set to star. Ratner left the project when he was offered The Family Man (2000).
21His favorite film is Scarface (1932).
22Without knowing him, Steven Spielberg and his company Amblin Entertainment sent him $5000 to finish funding for his final film project at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts after he sent out 20 letters to producers asking for help.
23Once vowed he would not direct movies until he had directed at least 100 music videos.
24Attended Miami Beach Senior High.
25Got his start by directing rap and hip-hop videos for his friend Russell Simmons. When the original director of Money Talks (1997) had to be replaced, Russell Simmons recommended him.
26Was engaged to Rebecca Gayheart in the late nineties.




The Black Spot2018executive producer announced
Paris Call Girlproducer announced
Shanghai, I Love Youexecutive producer announced
Rules Don't Apply2016producer - produced by
True Crimes2016producer
Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon2016Documentary short producer
Before the Flood2016Documentary producer
Rush Hour2016TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
War Dogs2016executive producer
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds2016Documentary executive producer
Author: The JT LeRoy Story2016Documentary producer
Independent Lens2016TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
The Revenant2015executive producer
In the Name of Honor2015Documentary producer
Kill Them Mommy!2015Short executive producer
Fun Size Horror: Volume Two2015segment executive producer - segment "Kill Them Mommy"
The Audition2015/IIIShort producer
S Is for Stanley2015Documentary producer
I Saw the Light2015producer
Black Mass2015executive producer
By Sidney Lumet2015Documentary executive producer
The 100 Years Show2015Documentary short producer
Barely Lethal2015producer
Chuck Norris vs. Communism2015Documentary producer
The Water Diviner2014executive producer
Horrible Bosses 22014producer
One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film2014Documentary producer
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014Documentary producer
Night Will Fall2014Documentary producer
Jersey Boys2014executive producer
30 for 30: Soccer Stories2014TV Series producer - 1 episode
Sap ji sang ciu2012executive producer - uncredited
Woody Allen: A Documentary2012Documentary executive producer
Mirror Mirror2012/Iproducer
Rogue2012TV Movie executive producer
American Masters2011TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Chaos2011TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
Horrible Bosses2011producer
Nick Cannon: Mr. Show Biz2011TV Special documentary executive producer
Skyline2010executive producer
Mother's Day2010/Iproducer
Catfish2010Documentary executive producer
Prison Break2005-2009TV Series executive producer - 81 episodes
Prison Break: The Final Break2009Video executive producer
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale2009Documentary short producer
Cop House2009TV Movie executive producer
Blue Blood2008TV Movie executive producer
Women's Murder Club2007-2008TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
212008executive producer
Helmut by June2007TV Movie documentary producer
Code Name: The Cleaner2007producer
End Game2006executive producer
Running Scared2006producer
Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project2005TV Movie executive producer
Santa's Slay2005producer
Before, During and 'After the Sunset'2005Video documentary producer
After the Sunset2004producer - uncredited
A Ribbon of Dreams2002executive producer
Paid in Full2002producer
Me and Daphne2002Short executive producer
Velocity Rules2001Short executive producer
Double Take2001producer
Partners1999TV Movie executive producer
Whatever Happened to Mason Reese1990Short producer


The Libertineannounced
TomorrowTV Movie announced
Breakthrough2015TV Series documentary 1 episode
American Express UNSTAGED: Dead & Company2015
30 for 30: Soccer Stories2014TV Series 1 episode
Movie 432013segment "Happy Birthday"
Rogue2012TV Movie
Tower Heist2011
Chaos2011TV Series 1 episode
Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection2009Video video "Beautiful Stranger"
The Shooter Series: Vol. 12009Video
Cop House2009TV Movie
Blue Blood2008TV Movie
New York, I Love You2008segment "Brett Ratner"
Rush Hour 32007
X-Men: The Last Stand2006
Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project2005TV Movie
Prison Break2005TV Series 1 episode
After the Sunset2004
Red Dragon2002
Lady Luck2001/IIShort
Rush Hour 22001
The Family Man2000
Mariah #1's1999Video video "Heartbreaker"
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:991999Video video "Beautiful Stranger"
Making the Video1999TV Series documentary videos "Heartbreaker", "Diddy", "It's Like That"
Partners1999TV Movie
Rush Hour1998
Money Talks1997
Whatever Happened to Mason Reese1990Short


Silver Street2009Short
The Grand2007'Sob Story' Barry Blaustein
Entourage2007TV SeriesBrett Ratner
The Making of 'X Men: The Last Stand' Blogs2006Video short
Black & White1999/IBrett Ratner
Scarface1983Boy Lying on Raft in Pool (uncredited)

Music Department

Chaos2011TV Series composer - 6 episodes


Whatever Happened to Mason Reese1990Short written by


Eyeball Eddie2001Short film mentor


Chipped2016/IIIShort very special thanks completed
Toxic Temptation2016Short special thanks
Cooking with Mariah Carey2015Short special thanks
She's Funny That Way2014thanks
One Way to Drown2012Short special thanks
Countdown To: Mindless Behavior2011TV Movie very special thanks
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel2011Documentary thanks
Spring Sing2010Short special thanks
I'm Still Here2010/Ispecial thanks
Closing Time2010/IShort special thanks
Take My Wife2009Short special thanks
Tyson2008Documentary special thanks
After the Sunset: Interview with a Jewel Thief2005Video short special thanks
A Director's Journey: The Making of 'Red Dragon'2003Video documentary short special thanks
The Making of 'Red Dragon'2003TV Short documentary special thanks
Jackie Chan: My Stunts1999Video documentary special thanks


Pink Elephants2015/IIDocumentary completedHimself
Phil Stern EyewitnessDocumentary post-productionHimself
Brett & Jackie Look Back at the 'Rush Hour' Trilogy2016Video documentary shortHimself
Cooking with Mariah Carey2015ShortHimself
Academy Originals: What Movies Mean to Me2014TV Mini-Series shortHimself
Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson: An Introduction2014Video shortHimself
Hercules: The Bessi Battle2014Video shortHimself
Hercules: Weapons!2014Video shortHimself
Hercules and His Mercenaries2014Video shortHimself
The Effects of 'Hercules'2014Video shortHimself
Squawk Box2014TV SeriesHimself - Filmmaker
Just Seen It2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHimself
The Huading Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Honored
The Tanning of America2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Eddie Murphy: One Night Only2012TV MovieHimself
Plotting 'Tower Heist'2012Video documentaryHimself
Tower Heist: Brett Ratner's Video Diary2012Video documentary shortHimself
In the Tracks of Lalo Schifrin2012DocumentaryHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2011TV SeriesHimself
40 Greatest Pranks 32011TV MovieHimself
3 Rounds With2011TV SeriesHimself
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold2011DocumentaryHimself
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story2010DocumentaryHimself
The Rotten Tomatoes Show2010TV SeriesHimself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2010TV Series
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2010TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Girls Next Door2009TV SeriesHimself - Director
The 1st Annual Noble Awards2009TV MovieHimself - Recipient
The Brian McKnight Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
6th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors2009TV MovieHimself
How Bruce Lee Changed the World2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale2009Documentary shortHimself
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty2008TV SpecialHimself
Le Rush Hour Trois: Production Diaries2007Video documentaryHimself
Making 'Rush Hour 3'2007Video documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2001-2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Shootout2004-2007TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Punk'd2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
On the Lot2007TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Le grand journal de Canal+2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'X Men: The Last Stand' Vignettes2006Video documentary short
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy2006Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men: The Excitement Continues2006Video documentary shortHimself
Making of 'Prison Break'2006Video documentary shortHimself
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards2006TV Special documentaryHimself
Class Act2006DocumentaryHimself
'Reservoir Dogs' Revisited2005TV Special documentaryHimself
The Outsider2005DocumentaryHimself
Before, During and 'After the Sunset'2005Video documentaryHimself
Making the Video1999-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Los Angeles2005Documentary shortHimself
Film '722004TV SeriesHimself
Inside Dish with Rachael Ray2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Film School2004TV SeriesHimself
Jackie Chan: The Inside Story2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Director's Journey: The Making of 'Red Dragon'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Red Dragon: Screen and Film Tests2003Video shortHimself
The Making of 'Red Dragon'2003TV Short documentaryHimself
The Score2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jackie Chan: Fast, Funny and Furious2002Video documentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shot Caller: From Videos to Features2002Video documentary shortHimself
Heroes of Black Comedy2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Fashion of 'Rush Hour 2'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Rush Hour 2: Evolution of a Scene2001Video documentary shortHimself
Making Magic Out of Mire2001Video documentaryHimself
Gomorron2001TV SeriesHimself - regissör
Attaining International Stardom2001Video documentary shortHimself
Culture Clash: West Meets East2001Video documentary shortHimself
Kung Fu Choreography2001Video documentary shortHimself
Language Barrier2001Video documentary shortHimself
Jackie Chan: My Stunts1999Video documentaryHimself (Making of 'Rush Hour') (uncredited)
A Piece of the Action: Behind the Scenes of 'Rush Hour'1999Video documentary shortHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2016EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Historical Programming - Long FormNight Will Fall (2014)
2015FOCAL AwardFOCAL International AwardsAward for Best Use of Footage in a History ProductionNight Will Fall (2014)
2015FOCAL AwardFOCAL International AwardsBest Use of Footage in a Cinema ReleaseNight Will Fall (2014)
2013Ally AwardGLAAD Media Awards

Nominated Awards

2016Fantastic Fest Jury AwardFantastic FestBest Documentary FeatureS Is for Stanley (2015)
2016EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Historical Programming - Long FormNight Will Fall (2014)
2015FOCAL AwardFOCAL International AwardsBest Use of Footage in a Factual ProductionNight Will Fall (2014)
2015ITN SourceThe Grierson Trust British Documentary AwardBest Historical DocumentaryNight Will Fall (2014)
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Nonfiction SeriesAmerican Masters (1985)
2002Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalRed Dragon (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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