Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is a former American film producer, entertainment businessman, director of motion pictures, music videos, and television. He is 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, the comedy Horrible Bosses, and its 2014 sequel. He is the co-founder of RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a prolific film production and financing company. In late 2017, it was alleged that Ratner had sexually harassed a number of actresses during his career.
Ratner at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
March 28, 1969 |
Miami Beach, Florida, United States
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, music video director, entertainment businessman|
|Known for||RatPac Entertainment
Ratner was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, the son of Marsha Pratts (remarried), a socialite, and Ronald Ratner. He grew up in a "middle-class Jewish family". His father was the son of a wealthy Miami businessman. His mother was born in Cuba, and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s with her parents, Fanita and Mario Presman (their families had originally moved to Cuba from Eastern Europe). Ratner's mother was sixteen when he was born. 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's biological father was chronically homeless in Miami Beach, a situation which inspired the adult Brett to become the director and board member of the nationwide nonprofit organization Chrysalis, which helps the homeless find work.
Ratner attended Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy elementary school and attended Alexander Muss 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 (1998), starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, both of whom reunited with Ratner for two sequels, Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007). Ratner was under consideration to direct X-Men (2000) and Superman Returns (2006), 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 (2006).
In May 2008, it was announced that Ratner would be directing the long in-development Beverly Hills Cop IV, which was confirmed on December 6, 2013. He also edited the English version of the film Kites, starring Indian superstar Hrithik Roshan and Mexican actress Bárbara Mori using techniques developed in the critically acclaimed series Kung Faux.
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.
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.
Ratner has produced feature films, TV series, and documentaries. He executive produced the 2010 documentary film, Catfish and the 2011 TV documentary, American Masters: WoodyAllen – A Documentary. Ratner also produced Skyline (2010) and Horrible Bosses (2011).
In December 2012, Ratner and Australian media mogul James Packer formed a joint venture, RatPac Entertainment. The firm will produce independent films and co-produce big-budget films with a major studio. RatPac and Dune Entertainment formed a film investment vehicle, which in September 2013, entered a multi-year, 75-film co-financing partnership with Warner Bros.
In June 2014, Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Class 5 Films acquired the movie rights to the non-fiction article American Hippopotamus, by Jon Mooallem, about the meat shortage in the U.S. in 1910 and the attempts made by Major Frederick Russell Burnham, Captain Fritz Joubert Duquesne and Congressman Robert Broussard to import hippopotamuses into the Louisiana bayous and to convince Americans to eat them. The movie will highlight the Burnham - Duquesne rivalry, two famous spies who had previously been under orders to assassinate each other. Ratner, Edward Norton, and William Migliore will produce this feature film.
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. Eddie Murphy, who was scheduled to host the ceremony, also resigned in deference to a new production team. Ratner was replaced by Brian Grazer, and Murphy was replaced by previous Oscar host Billy Crystal.
In late October 2017, a former talent agent employee accused Ratner of rape. 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. Page asserted that Ratner told another woman that, "You should fuck her [Ellen Page] to make her realize she's gay" at a cast and crew meet and greet for X-Men: The Last Stand. Page has stated that Ratner outed her as gay when he made those statements and she felt "violated". Page also stated, "He “outed” me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic."
Journalist Danielle Berrin described being repeatedly sexually harassed by Ratner while writing an interview on him in 2008, which she had reported in a cover story in The Jewish Journal at the time, as well as in a follow-up article for The Jewish Journal in 2011. The sexual assault and harassment allegations led to a severance of ties between Ratner and Warner Bros., after Warner Bros. said it was reviewing the issue.
|1990||Whatever Happened to Mason Reese||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|1997||Money Talks||Yes||Feature film|
|2000||The Family Man||Yes|
|2001||Rush Hour 2||Yes|
|Paid in Full||Yes|
|2004||After the Sunset||Yes||Yes|
|2005||Prison Break (pilot episode)||Yes||TV series|
|Santa's Slay||Yes||Feature film|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Yes|
|End Game||Yes||Direct-to-video film|
|Becker Hargrove, Inc.||Yes||Short film|
|Rush Hour 3||Yes||Feature film|
|Code Name: The Cleaner||Yes|
|New York, I Love You||Yes|
|2010||Kites: The Remix||Yes|
|Horrible Bosses 2||Yes|
|2015||Chuck Norris vs. Communism||Yes||Documentary|
|The Audition||Yes||Short film|
|The Revenant||Yes||Feature film|
|Before the Flood||Yes||Documentary|
|Rules Don't Apply||Yes||Feature film|
|TBA||Hong Kong Phooey|
|1987||"Christmas in Hollis"||Run–D.M.C.|
|1988||"Louder Than a Bomb"||Public Enemy|
|1993||"Rat Bastard"||Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich|
|"Kick the Bobo"||Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich|
|"Stay Real"||Erick Sermon|
|"Tonight's da Night"||Redman|
|"Pink Cookies In a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings"||LL Cool J|
|1994||"Nuttin' but Love"||Heavy D & the Boyz|
|"I'll Take Her"||Ill Al Skratch featuring Brian McKnight|
|"I Like the Way You Work It"||Blackstreet|
|"Love U 4 Life"||Jodeci|
|"Every Little Thing I Do"||Soul for Real|
|"Who Do U Love"||Deborah Cox|
|"Sex Wit You"||Heavy D & the Boyz|
|"Love U 4 Life"||Jodeci|
|"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Mary J. Blige|
|1996||"Lady" (DJ Premier Remix)||D'Angelo featuring AZ|
|"Don't Wanna Lose You"||Lionel Richie|
|1997||"I'll Be"||Foxy Brown|
|"Invisible Man"||98 Degrees|
|1998||"How Deep Is Your Love"||Dru Hill|
|1999||"I Still Believe"||Mariah Carey|
|"Thank God I Found You"||Mariah Carey|
|2000||"This Could Be Heaven"||Seal|
|2005||"It's Like That"||Mariah Carey|
|"We Belong Together"||Mariah Carey|
|"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"||Jessica Simpson|
|2006||"Make Them Suffer"||Cannibal Corpse|
|"A Public Affair"||Jessica Simpson|
|2008||"7 Things"||Miley Cyrus|
|"Touch My Body"||Mariah Carey|
|"Just Like Me"||Jamie Foxx|
|"When You Leave (Numa Numa)" (Basshunter Remix)||Alina|
|2011||"Mrs. Right"||Mindless Behavior|
Films Ratner has directed have received generally mixed to negative reviews.
|The Family Man||53%||42|
|Rush Hour 2||52%||48|
|After the Sunset||18%||38|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||58%||58|
|Rush Hour 3||18%||44|
|New York, I Love You (Brett Ratner segment)||35%||49|
|Movie 43 ("Happy Birthday" segment)||4%||18|