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Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American film director and music-video director. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida and graduated from New York University Film School. He is the executive producer of all current 44 episodes of Prison Break and is the director of the episode "Pilot".


Brett Ratner was born in Miami Beach to Marcia Ratner, a Cuban-born Jewish socialite. Ratner directed music videos before reaching commercial success with the action-comedy Rush Hour (1998), starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, both of whom reunited with Ratner for a sequel, Rush Hour 2 (2001). 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 coincidentally became director of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Ratner finished directing "Perfect Dark" a picture about San Fransico in the 1920's starring Meryl Streep, Billy Bob Thorton, Josh Duhamel and introducing Matthew Saunders in early 2007. It is set to be released in late July 2007.

He is a guest lecturer at the New York Film Academy and USC

As of 2006, Ratner resides in Beverly Hills, California. 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 in May 2007.

Screen appearances

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 to his home and hugged him after Jackman was punk'd.

He appeared as himself in James Toback's semi-improvised drama Black and White

He also appeared as himself in Entourage, as part of a storyline centered on Johnny Drama's appearance in Rush Hour 3.


Film and television

Year Title Type Notes
2007 Rush Hour 3 Feature film Director
2007 Perfect Dark Film Director
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Feature film Director
2004 After the Sunset Feature film Director
2002 Red Dragon Feature film Director
2001 Rush Hour 2 Feature film Director
2000 The Family Man Feature film Director
1998 Rush Hour Feature film Director
1997 Money Talks Feature film Director
1990 Whatever Happened to Mason Reese Short film Director, producer and writer

Music videos

Year Song Singer/Band Notes
2007 "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" Jessica Simpson Director
"Say OK" Vanessa Hudgens Director
2006 "A Public Affair" Jessica Simpson Director
2005 "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" Jessica Simpson Director
"We Belong Together" Mariah Carey Director
"It's Like That" Mariah Carey Director
2001 "Diddy" P. Diddy Director
2000 "Thank God I Found You" Mariah Carey Director
1999 "Heartbreaker" Mariah Carey Director
"Beautiful Stranger" Madonna Director
1998 "I Still Believe" Mariah Carey Director
1997 "Triumph" Wu-Tang Clan Director
1994 "Nuttin' But Love" Heavy D and the Boyz]] Director


Executive Producers
Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6
Paul ScheuringBrett RatnerMatt OlmsteadKevin Hooks
Dawn ParouseMarty AdelsteinNeal MoritzMichael Pavone