David Ayer

Screenwriter, Producer, Electrician
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/18/1968 in Champaign, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

Suicide Squad 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fury 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sabotage 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

End of Watch 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Harsh Times 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

S.W.A.T. 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fast and the Furious 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Training Day 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

U-571 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (7)

Suicide Squad 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Fury 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Sabotage 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

End of Watch 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Street Kings 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Harsh Times 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Mafia Cop (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Fury 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sabotage 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

End of Watch 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Harsh Times 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Training Day 2001 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Actor (1)

Precinct Hollywood 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

Los Angeles, California

Milestones

2012

Wrote, directed, and produced cop drama "End of Watch"

2008

Helmed crime thriller "Street Kings"

2006

Made directorial debut with "Harsh Times," a drama set on the streets of South Central Los Angeles

2003

Wrote screenplay for corrupt cop drama "Dark Blue"

2003

Created a new draft of the screenplay for "S.W.A.T."

2001

First penned script "Training Day" released, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua

2001

Collaborated on the script for "The Fast and the Furious"

2000

First produced screenplay, "U-571"

1995

Scripted first screenplay "Training Day"; script earned him an agent and writing assignments

Met screenwriter Wesley Strick, who became his mentor

Honorably discharged; returned to Los Angeles

Dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Navy; became a sonar man aboard a nuclear attack submarine

Moved to South Central Los Angeles as a teenager

Bonus Trivia

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Spent two years serving in the U.S. Navy's Submarine Corps.

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Was thrown out of the house as a teenager and spent time living with his cousin in South Central Los Angeles.

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