David Ayer

David Ayer

Highest Rated: 85% End of Watch (2012)

Lowest Rated: 19% The Tax Collector (2020)

Birthday: Jan 18, 1968

Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, USA

An action director with life experience to back up his street-tough films, David Ayer grew up in Minnesota, Maryland, and California. After losing his father at a young age, Ayers became prone to acting out, a characteristic that only became worse as he entered his teenage years. By high school, Ayer found himself getting kicked out of several schools, as well as his family home. He would live with his cousin in crime-heavy South Central Los Angeles, before eventually dropping out of school at 18 to join the United States Navy Submarine Corps. After he was honorably discharged, Ayer eventually began pursuing a career as a screenwriter, bringing stories of military and police service to the page. He had trouble finding work, but eventually was hired as a script doctor. He was also hired to write the period military film "U-571" (2000), which created some controversy for depicting Americans as having cracked the Enigma Code during World War II, though this feat was actually accomplished by the British. Ayer later apologized and said he would not misrepresent historical facts like this again, if given the chance, calling his original choice to do so a "mercenary decision." In 2001, Ayer saw a script he had written four years earlier called "Training Day" (2001) finally be produced for the screen. The film would earn an Oscar for leading actor Denzel Washington, and it helped put Ayer on the map in Hollywood. He soon followed this with his directorial debut, both writing and helming the gritty crime drama "Harsh Times" (2005) with Christian Bale. He then went on to direct movies like the landmark police thriller "End of Watch" (2012), which employed handheld cameras carried by the actors. Ayer also earned acclaim for his World War II drama "Fury" (2014), starring Brad Pitt.




19% 72% The Tax Collector Director,
$942.7K 2020
79% 78% Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Executive Producer $84.1M 2020
27% 83% Bright Director,
- 2017
26% 59% Suicide Squad Director,
- 2016
76% 84% Fury Director,
$85.8M 2014
No Score Yet 40% Sabotage Director,
$10.5M 2014
22% 36% Sabotage Director - 2014
85% 86% End of Watch Director,
$41.0M 2012
36% 58% Street Kings Director $26.4M 2008
48% 55% Harsh Times Director,
$3.3M 2005
48% 52% S.W.A.T. Screenwriter $116.6M 2003
59% 52% Dark Blue Screenwriter $9.1M 2002
73% 89% Training Day Writer,
$76.3M 2001
54% 74% The Fast and the Furious Writer $144.5M 2001
67% 62% U-571 Screenwriter $77.1M 2000


40% 61% Deputy Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2017