Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 18, 1968
SpouseMaria Ayer
MarkHis films often involve the LAPD
FactHis movies often reference the US Military (The US Navy in U-571 (2000), Christian Bale's character Jim Davis was a former US Army Ranger who served in the Gulf War in Harsh Times (2005), Jake Gyllenhaal's character Brian Taylor is a former US Marine turned LAPD Officer in End of Watch (2012), and the US Army in Fury (2014).
PaymentsEarned $1,000,000 from Training Day (2001)


David Ayer is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for writing and directing the films Training Day (2001), Fury (2014), and Suicide Squad (2016).

Ayer was born in Champaign, Illinois, on January 28, 1968, the son of Gregory and Barbara Ayer. He has two sisters, Dawn and Dana. His father was a soldier in the Vietnam War and his mother was a homemaker. Ayer was raised in a military family and spent his childhood moving around the United States. He attended high school in Germany and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1990.

Ayer began his career as a screenwriter, writing the scripts for the films U-571 (2000) and The Fast and the Furious (2001). He made his directorial debut with the film Training Day (2001), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has since directed the films Street Kings (2008), End of Watch (2012), Fury (2014), and Suicide Squad (2016).

Ayer has been married twice. His first marriage was to Mireya Soto in 1992. The couple had two children together before divorcing in 2009. Ayer married second wife, actress Shayna McHayle, in 2016.

Ayer has a net worth of $30 million. He has earned his wealth through his successful career as a film director, producer, and screenwriter.

General Info

Full NameDavid Ayer
Date Of BirthJanuary 18, 1968
Height1.89 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseMaria Ayer

Accomplishments

MoviesBright, Suicide Squad, Fury, Sabotage, End of Watch, Street Kings, Harsh Times, S.W.A.T., Dark Blue, Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, U-571, Gotham City Sirens

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1His films often involve the LAPD
2His movies are frequently set in Los Angeles

Salary

TitleSalary
Training Day (2001)$1,000,000

Quotes

#Quote
1[on editing] And that's one of the toughest things about writing, shooting, and directing a film, is you end up with these orphans and you fucking love them and you think they'd be amazing scenes and do these amazing things but the film is a dictatorship (laughs), not a democracy, and just because something's cool and charismatic doesn't mean it gets to survive in the final cut. The flow of the movie is the highest master. [2016]
2"It was a distortion... a mercenary decision to create this parallel history in order to drive the movie for an American audience... Both my grandparents were officers in World War Two, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements." - on his U-571 screenplay.

Facts

#Fact
1Did an uncredited re-write on X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
2In Spanish, David's last name means "yesterday".
3His movies often reference the US Military (The US Navy in U-571 (2000), Christian Bale's character Jim Davis was a former US Army Ranger who served in the Gulf War in Harsh Times (2005), Jake Gyllenhaal's character Brian Taylor is a former US Marine turned LAPD Officer in End of Watch (2012), and the US Army in Fury (2014).
4Main characters are often anti-heroes.
5His favorite movie is Apocalypse Now (1979).
6Served in the United States Navy.
7Among his next projects, he plans to write remakes of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969), set in modern day Mexico, and André De Toth's Crime Wave (1953), a crime drama set in the tough parts of L.A., with Ethan Hawke.
8Revised the script for 'DJ Caruso''s thriller Taking Lives (2004).
9Friend and mentor Wesley Strick managed to get him his first big break in Hollywood as a script doctor.
10Unproduced scripts: 'Making the Corps', a boot camp film set on Parris Island for Jersey Films, and 'Squids', a fantastic thriller set in a submarine for Art Linson, that David Fincher planned to direct for a short time.
11Spent most of his time as a teenager on the most troubled streets of South Central Los Angeles.

Pictures

Movies

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Suicide Squad2016written by
Fury2014written by
Sabotage2014written by
End of Watch2012written by
Harsh Times2005written by
S.W.A.T.2003screenplay
Dark Blue2002screenplay
Training Day2001written by
The Fast and the Furious2001screenplay
U-5712000screenplay

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bright2017filming
Suicide Squad2016
Fury2014
Sabotage2014
End of Watch2012
Street Kings2008
Harsh Times2005

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fury2014producer
Sabotage2014producer
End of Watch2012producer
Harsh Times2005producer
Training Day2001co-producer

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Street Kings2008NLR member in County Jail (uncredited)
Training Day2001First Russian Hitman (uncredited)

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
HBO First Look2008TV Series documentary special production footage - 1 episode

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Training Day2001stunts

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
HBO First Look2008TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2012-2016TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Dawn of the Justice League2016TV ShortHimself
Armored Warriors: The Real Men Inside the Shermans2015Video shortHimself
Fury: Blood Brothers2015Video shortHimself
Fury: Director's Combat Journal2015Video shortHimself
No Guts, No Glory: The Horrors of Combat2015Video shortHimself
Taming the Beasts: How to Drive, Fire and Shoot Inside a 30-Ton Tank2015Video shortHimself
Días de cine2015TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2014TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Random Pop2014TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself - Director, Fury
Making 'Sabotage'2014Video documentary shortHimself
Reel Junkie2014TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'End of Watch'2013Video shortHimself
Under Surveillance: Inside the World of Street Kings2008Video shortHimself
A Moral Right: The Politics of Dirty Harry2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Business End: Violence in Cinema2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Evolution of Clint Eastwood2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Long Shadow of Dirty Harry2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Craft of Dirty Harry2008Video documentary shortHimself
HBO First Look2001-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Precinct Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Blue Code2003Video documentary shortHimself

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia CinemaGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Sabotage (2014)
2012Best FilmLondon Film FestivalEnd of Watch (2012)
2012Golden EyeZurich Film FestivalBest International Feature FilmEnd of Watch (2012)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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