Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. He is best known for The Revenant, X-Men: The Last Stand, Tower Heist and Hercules. So lets check out some more facts!
1. He was born on March 28, 1969.
2. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
3. He executive produced and directed the Golden Globe-nominated FOX series Prison Break, and executive produced the television series Rush Hour, based on his hit films.
4. His height is 5′ 8″ (1.73 m).
5. Was engaged to Rebecca Gayheart in the late 1990s.
6. Got 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.
7. Once vowed he would not direct movies until he had directed at least 100 music videos.
8. He attended and graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in Miami Beach, Florida (1986).
9. He produced the comedy films Horrible Bosses and Horrible Bosses 2.
10. He was born to Marcia Presman and Ronald Ratner; his mother had him when she was 16. He also has a younger brother named Max.
11. He studied at New York University, earning his degree in 1990
12. He directed the movie Tower Heist, which starred Casey Affleck.
13. Ratner also attended Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy elementary school and attended Alexander Muss High School in Israel.
14. In late 2017, it was alleged that Ratner had sexually harassed a number of actresses during his career.
15. Without 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.
16. His favorite film is Scarface and his favorite film director is Hal Ashby.
17. At the Beverly Hills Film Festival, he presented the first annual Living Legends Award to legendary photographer Phil Stern (2008).
18. Was great friends with the late Michael Jackson.
19. He is said to be extremely homophobic. On August 4, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Ratner would produce the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer. However, Ratner resigned on November 8, 2011 after remarking that “rehearsal is for fags”. Ratner later apologized for his remarks.
20. In November 2017, seven women, including Ellen Page, Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, accused Ratner of several more incidences of sexual misconduct and harassment, including following an actress into a bathroom without invitation and masturbating as another entered his trailer to deliver food, claims he denied through his attorney.