Biography

John Ridley (born 1965 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American film director, actor, and writer. Ridley got his start as a stand-up comedian. He eventually was hired as a writer for sitcoms such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin. He began to concentrate on writing and wrote his first novel, Stray Dogs, which became the basis the 1997 film U Turn, directed by Oliver Stone. Ridley also provided the original script for the film Three Kings, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube. But his script was changed so much by director David O. Russell that he only received a credit for the original story. He also tried his hand at directing with the film Cold Around the Heart. He is one of the creators of Urban Entertainment, showcasing short films and animation from minority filmmakers, including his own works: the animated cartoons Undercover Brother (the basis for the Undercover Brother film starring comedian Eddie Griffin) and Those Who Walk in Darkness, featuring the voice of rapper Lil' Kim — which itself was the basis of a novel of the same name written by Ridley. Additionally, Ridley developed Tim Story's 2002 motion picture Barbershop into the short-lived 2005 Showtime comedy Barbershop: The Series. Ridley was the original co-host on the MSNBC daily morning show Morning Joe upon its premiere in 2007, and was an occasional guest on the network's cancelled nightly program Scarborough Country. He hosted the short-lived Movie Club with John Ridley on American Movie Classics and has written The Authority and The American Way for DC Comics. He has recently become a regular guest commentator on American Public Media's Weekend America in a segment called "Good News, Bad News, No News" which reviews the week's news. He co-produced the film Bobby. He wrote the play Ten Thousand Years about kamikaze pilots in World War II. On the weekend of August 19, 2006, John co-hosted the syndicated program Ebert & Roeper while film critic Roger Ebert was on medical leave. On August 28, 2007, it was announced that George Lucas hired him to pen the script for his upcoming World War II film Red Tails. Currently (December, 2009) Ridley is head writer and co-executive producer of The Wanda Sykes Show.

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John Ridley (born 1965 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American film director, actor, and writer. Ridley got his start as a stand-up comedian. He eventually was hired as a writer for sitcoms such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin. He began to concentrate on writing and wrote his first novel, Stray Dogs, which became the basis the 1997 film U Turn, directed by Oliver Stone. Ridley also provided the original script for the film Three Kings, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube. But his script was changed so much by director David O. Russell that he only received a credit for the original story. He also tried his hand at directing with the film Cold Around the Heart. He is one of the creators of Urban Entertainment, showcasing short films and animation from minority filmmakers, including his own works: the animated cartoons Undercover Brother (the basis for the Undercover Brother film starring comedian Eddie Griffin) and Those Who Walk in Darkness, featuring the voice of rapper Lil' Kim — which itself was the basis of a novel of the same name written by Ridley. Additionally, Ridley developed Tim Story's 2002 motion picture Barbershop into the short-lived 2005 Showtime comedy Barbershop: The Series. Ridley was the original co-host on the MSNBC daily morning show Morning Joe upon its premiere in 2007, and was an occasional guest on the network's cancelled nightly program Scarborough Country. He hosted the short-lived Movie Club with John Ridley on American Movie Classics and has written The Authority and The American Way for DC Comics. He has recently become a regular guest commentator on American Public Media's Weekend America in a segment called "Good News, Bad News, No News" which reviews the week's news. He co-produced the film Bobby. He wrote the play Ten Thousand Years about kamikaze pilots in World War II. On the weekend of August 19, 2006, John co-hosted the syndicated program Ebert & Roeper while film critic Roger Ebert was on medical leave. On August 28, 2007, it was announced that George Lucas hired him to pen the script for his upcoming World War II film Red Tails. Currently (December, 2009) Ridley is head writer and co-executive producer of The Wanda Sykes Show.

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Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 29

Birthday 1965-01-01

Place of Birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Also Known As

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

The American Way Writer
Body Cam Writer
Needle in a Timestack Writer
2017 Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 Writer
2017 Guerrilla (6 episodes)Writer
2016 Ben-Hur Screenplay
2015 American Crime (29 episodes)Writer
2014 Celblok H (46 episodes)Original Story
2013 12 Years a Slave Screenplay
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Writer
2012 Red Tails Story Screenplay
2004 Justice League - Starcrossed Writer
2003 Platinum (3 episodes)Writer
2002 Undercover Brother Screenplay
2001 Justice League (1 episode)Writer
2000 Static Shock (1 episode)Writer
1999 Three Kings Author
1999 Third Watch (7 episodes)Writer
1997 Cold Around the Heart Writer
1997 Team Knight Rider (1 episode)Writer
1997 U Turn Author Screenplay
1996 The Show (1 episode)Writer
1993 The John Larroquette Show (2 episodes)Writer
1992 Martin (2 episodes)Writer
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (2 episodes)Writer (24 episodes)Story Editor

Directing

Needle in a Timestack Director
The American Way Director
2017 Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 Director
2017 Guerrilla (6 episodes)Director
2015 American Crime (29 episodes)Director
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Director
2005 Barbershop (2 episodes)Director
2003 Platinum (3 episodes)Director
1997 Cold Around the Heart Director

Acting

2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (1 episode)
2007 Heckler as Himself
2003 Real Time with Bill Maher (1 episode)
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1 episode) as Himself

Production

2013 12 Years a Slave Executive Producer
2002 Undercover Brother Executive Producer
1997 U Turn Executive Producer

Creator

2017 Guerrilla Creator
2015 American Crime Creator

Crew

2017 Guerrilla (6 episodes)Creator

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