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Overview (3)

Born in Oakland, California, USA
Birth NameRyan Kyle Coogler
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ryan Kyle Coogler is an African-American filmmaker and producer who is from Oakland, California. He is known for directing the Black Panther film series, Creed, a Rocky spin-off and Fruitvale Station. He frequently casts Michael B. Jordan in his works. He produced the Creed sequels, Judas and the Black Messiah and Space Jam: A New Legacy. He is married to Zinzi since 2016.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Christian Frates

Family (2)

Spouse Zinzi Coogler (2016 - present)
Parents Coogler, Jocelyn
Coogler, Ira

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently casts Michael B. Jordan.
Trademark use of long takes

Trivia (19)

Grew up in Richmond, CA in the East Bay area north of Oakland, CA. He attended nearby Saint Mary's College on a football scholarship, then transferred to Sacramento State College. Later he was a graduate student in the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Partnered with Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker who agreed to develop and produce his first feature-film project, Fruitvale Station (2013).
Has worked as a security guard, and also with imprisoned youth at San Francisco's Juvenile Hall.
Ryan cast his brother Keenan Coogler in his breakout debut film Fruitvale Station (2013). And like Ryan, Keenan was also a standout football player in a Bay Area college.
Directed 1 actor to an Oscar nomination: Sylvester Stallone, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Creed (2015).
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
Is the youngest director to direct a film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Is an avid comic book fan and his favorite hero is Black Panther and when he was offered to direct the movie based on the character he quickly accepted.
Films include a lead character that creates an event for the sole purpose of being documented by the media (a press conference) or shared on social media (Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).
Frequently works with composer Ludwig Göransson (Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).
Often includes a scene where the lead character looks out over the landscape of their home town or country (Oakland in Fruitvale Station (2013), Philadelphia in Creed (2015), Wakanda in Black Panther (2018)).
Films frequently include a protagonist who has a mentor that was an ally of their own absent father (Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).
Frequently works with production designer Hannah Beachler (Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).
Films include a protagonist that has experience in juvenile detention or the prison system (Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).
Films often include a flashback edited into a sequence when the lead is at their low point, before their comeback (Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).
Frequently works with editor Michael P. Shawver (Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).
Frequently works with cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station (2013), Black Panther (2018)).
His lead characters frequently have a verbal altercation with a man from their past, which may escalate into violence (Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).
Films include a protagonist that has a close relationship with their mother even as they disagree with their son's lifestyle choice (Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018)).

Personal Quotes (4)

[re making Fruitvale Station (2013)] We shot here [BART station] for three nights after the station was closed, Everybody was there with us: BART employees, safety monitors, train drivers, all the cast members and crew. Some of us would pray; others would just keep to themselves. The energy of it hit everybody. It was the hardest thing I've done in my life, making this movie. Having to see [real-life hero] Oscar die so many times. And having to see the people react to it. That never gets easy, man. Never.
[re Oscar Grant's murder] It really caused an identity crisis here in the Bay Area because we think of ourselves as the most progressive place, the most diverse place, the most accepting place in the country. I grew up with white friends, Asian friends - Vietnamese, Chinese, Pacific Islanders. I had Hispanic friends, not just Mexican friends, but Guatemalan friends, Honduran friends, and we knew the difference, you know? So when we saw that happen to Oscar, and we saw it on video, it was like the wind getting knocked out of us. I was questioning who we were as a community.
[on 'Black Panther'] Obviously, the superhero is who puts you in the seat. That's who you want to come out on top. But I'll be damned if the villains aren't cool too. They have to be able to stand up to the hero and have you saying, "Man, I don't know if the hero's going to make it out of this."
[on "Black Panther"] We never wanted to say one character is right and the other wrong. You get into dangerous territory if you expect the art you make to change people's minds. But if someone can catch a film and then go home and talk about it, that's doing a lot.

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