Bryan Singer

Director, Producer, Security guard
After making one of the most talked-about films of the 1990s, "The Usual Suspects" (1995), director Bryan Singer was tagged as being one of the more talented filmmakers of his generation. The surprise success of the ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (22)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battle Creek 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Taking Of Deborah Logan 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Black Box 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jack The Giant Slayer 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

U Want Me 2 Kill Him? 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

House 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

X-Men: First Class 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vito 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dirty Sexy Money 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Valkyrie 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trick 'r Treat 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Triangle 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Burn 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Capeshooters (Movie)

(Producer)

The Triangle (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (13)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Jack The Giant Slayer 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Mockingbird Lane 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director

Valkyrie 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

X-Men 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Alien Love Triangle 1998 (Movie)

("The Last Question") (Director)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Public Access 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mayor of Castro Street (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (9)

My Life With Count Dracula 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Official Rejection 2014 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Secret World of Superfans 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Men: The Mutant Watch 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book That Wrote Itself 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Writer (8)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 2016 (Movie)

(Story By)

X-Men: First Class 2011 (Movie)

(Story By)

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

(Story By)

X-Men 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alien Love Triangle 1998 (Movie)

("The Last Question") (Screenplay)

Public Access 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Triangle (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Biography

After making one of the most talked-about films of the 1990s, "The Usual Suspects" (1995), director Bryan Singer was tagged as being one of the more talented filmmakers of his generation. The surprise success of the film - as well as its submergence into the cultural zeitgeist - gave Singer the proverbial keys to the kingdom, allowing him unfettered access to some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Though he followed "The Usual Suspects" with the lesser appreciated "Apt Pupil" (1998), Singer directed what many considered to be two of the better comic book adaptations of recent memory - "X-Men" (2000) and "X2: X-Men United" (2003), confirming that his previous success was no fleeting matter. Because both films garnered considerable critical acclaim and were big hits at the box office, he was a natural fit to make "Superman Returns" (2006), a reboot of the once popular, but fallen franchise, which propelled Singer into the upper tier of working directors, as well as making him a popular figure among comic book and science fiction aficionados.

Relationships

Lori Singer Actor

Cousin
Born Nov. 6, 1957

Norbert Singer

Father
Adoptive father

Grace Singer

Mother
Adoptive mother

Marc Singer Actor

Cousin
Born Jan. 29, 1948

Jacques Singer

Uncle

EDUCATION

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional High School South

Plainsboro , New Jersey 1984
Attended with Christopher McQuarrie

School of Visual Arts

New York , New York
Studied filmmaking for two years

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1989

Milestones

2013

Directed action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"

2012

Executive produced and directed failed "Munsters" reboot "Mockingbird Lane" (NBC)

2011

Produced prequel to "X-Men" film series titled "X-Men: First Class"

2008

Directed Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie," a historical thriller set in Nazi Germany during World War II

2006

Directed Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel in "Superman Returns"

2004

Executive produced Fox medical drama "House"; also directed pilot episode

2002

Returned to direct sequel "X2"

2000

Directed McKellen and Davison in feature adaptation of "X-Men" ; worked on script with friend and partner Tom DeSanto

1998

Directed "Apt Pupil" from a screenplay written by Brandon Boyce; first collaboration with actors Ian McKellen and Bruce Davison

1995

Earned critical acclaim for directing "The Usual Suspects," written by McQuarrie, and composed and edited by Ottman

1993

Made feature directing debut with "Public Access"; also co-scripted with childhood pal Christopher McQuarrie

1988

Worked with many childhood friends on first short "Lion's Den," including actor Ethan Hawke and editor John Ottman

Bonus Trivia

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Singer told The New York Times (July 9, 2000) that he was inspired to become a director after watching a TV profile of Steven Spielberg: "He was this Jewish kid like me, he lived in New Jersey for awhile, he had a drawer full of 8-mm movies too when he was young. And I thought, I make all these films for fun and I take all these photographs and why don't I do this for a living, just like Steven Spielberg?"I remember walking home to my house in the middle of the night feeling like, wow, if nothing else I've decided what I want to do with my life. Even if I weren't successful I knew I would always make films."

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Fox terminated their production deal with Bad Hat Harry Productions (Singer's production company) after Singer signed on to direct "Superman Returns" (2006) for Warner Bros instead of "X-Men 3" for Fox.

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Singer donated $5 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts in February 2013. The school also announced it will name its critical studies division the Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies.

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