Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer

Highest Rated: 100% Vito (2013)

Lowest Rated: 38% Star Trek - Nemesis (2002)

Birthday: Sep 17, 1965

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Hailed as one of the film industry's most exciting and provocative new talents after the huge success of The Usual Suspects (1995), director Bryan Singer has built his reputation on making films that are essentially lengthy, verbally dexterous flirtations with the darker side of human nature.Born in 1966, Singer was brought up in southern New Jersey. Raised in a Jewish household, his early childhood was, in part, marked by his formation with a couple of non-Jewish friends of a so-called "Nazi Club." The existence of the club -- which, Singer has said, was formed more out of a fascination with WWII than as a slight to his own heritage -- was unsurprisingly put to a quick end by the director's mother. The incident catalyzed Singer's own awareness of his Jewish identity, something that would later inform his adaptation of Stephen King's Apt Pupil and cause one interviewer to label him (presumptuously, perhaps) as "young Hollywood's great Jewish hope."Singer's upbringing was also marked by his interest in filmmaking, something he began pursuing as a teenager. Following his high school graduation, he was admitted to New York City's School of Visual Arts, but he transferred to USC to finish his studies. It was at USC that he met two of his future collaborators, composer and editor John Ottman and co-producer Kenneth Kokin. After graduation, Singer wrote and directed a short film called Lion's Den. Starring high-school friend Ethan Hawke and filmed for a cost of 16,000 dollars, it told the story of a group of high-school pals who reunite a few years after graduation and find that they are not as close as they once were. Lion's Den paved the way for Singer's next effort, Public Access. The director's first collaboration with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, the independent feature was an examination of the dangers wrought by mass media upon a small town community, and it won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Festival.Two years later in 1995, Singer, in collaboration with McQuarrie, Ottman, and Kokin, had his true breakthrough with The Usual Suspects. A twisting, insanely intricate whodunit that was as remarkable for the strength of its ensemble cast (which featured Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Gabriel Byrne, and Pete Postlethwaite) as its almost obsessive complexity, the film was an unanticipated commercial and critical success, earning a slew of international awards which included Oscars for Spacey as Best Supporting Actor and McQuarrie for Best Original Screenplay.Singer followed up The Usual Suspects in 1998 with Apt Pupil. The film was adapted from Stephen King's novella about a young boy (Brad Renfro) who enters into an unholy pact with a Nazi war criminal (Ian McKellen); it was marked by hype from the beginning (mainly owing to a mild controversy stemming from charges that some of the film's young male actors were coerced into performing a scene naked -- charges that were eventually dropped) but ultimately proved to be a relative disappointment.The director resurfaced in 2000 with X-Men. A much-anticipated adaptation of the beloved Marvel comic, it was Singer's most high-profile project to date, featuring a cast that included Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Anna Paquin with a budget of 75 million dollars. Widely hailed by critics and audiences as one of the most successful comic-book superhero screen adaptations to come down the pipe in quite some time, one of X-Men's greatest strengths was the remarkable sense of dimension imbued in the film's characters. Of course, a healthy dose of hair-raising action didn't hurt either, and the film went on to become one of the summer's biggest hits -- with anticipation running high for a sequel. Of course, having taken so much time to perfect the first film, Singer was understandably protective of the franchise and in no rush to crank out a by-the-numbers, quick cash-in sequel; a fact that resulted in skyrocketing expectations on the part of fans and much speculation as to


Highest Rated Movies



60% Bohemian Rhapsody Director 2018
47% X-Men: Apocalypse Screenwriter Director Producer $135.8M 2016
No Score Yet X-Men: Days of Future Past: Mutant Vs. Machine Actor 2015
90% X-Men: Days of Future Past Screenwriter Producer Director $199.4M 2014
67% U Want Me 2 Kill Him? Producer 2014
No Score Yet X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rogue Cut) Producer Director 2014
52% Jack the Giant Slayer Producer Director $65.2M 2013
100% Vito Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Excalibur Director 2012
60% Mockingbird Lane Director 2012
86% X-Men: First Class Producer $145.4M 2011
No Score Yet Official Rejection Actor 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside Actor 2009
62% Valkyrie Director Producer $83M 2008
84% Trick 'r Treat Producer 2007
75% Superman Returns Producer Director Screenwriter $200.2M 2006
No Score Yet Look Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman Executive Producer 2006
85% X2: X-Men United Screenwriter Director Executive Producer $214.9M 2003
38% Star Trek - Nemesis Starfleet Officer (uncredited) $43.1M 2002
81% X-Men Director $156.2M 2000
53% Apt Pupil (Un Élève Doué) Director Producer 1998
No Score Yet Burn Executive Producer 1998
89% The Usual Suspects Screenwriter Producer Director 1995
58% Public Access Screenwriter Director Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Lion's Den Director 1988


79% The Gifted
Executive Producer Director 2019
96% Battle Creek
Executive Producer Director Producer 2015
23% Black Box
Executive Producer Producer 2014
No Score Yet Face Off
Judge Director 2013
68% Dirty Sexy Money
Executive Producer 2009
90% House
Executive Producer Director Producer Himself Bryan Singer/Director's Voice 2009
No Score Yet The Triangle
Executive Producer Screenwriter Producer 2005


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