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      David Ayer

      David Ayer

      Highest Rated: 85% End of Watch (2012)

      Lowest Rated: 18% 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.

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      SUICIDE SQUAD, from left: director David Ayer, Will Smith, on set, 2016. ph: Clay Enos/© Warner Bros. SUICIDE SQUAD, from left: director David Ayer, Margot Robbie, on set, 2016. ph: Clay Enos/© Warner Bros. SUICIDE SQUAD, from left: director David Ayer, Will Smith, on set, 2016. ph: Clay Enos/© Warner Bros. SUICIDE SQUAD, director David Ayer, on set, 2016. ph: Clay Enos/© Warner Bros. FURY, from left: Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, director David Ayer, on set, 2014. ph: Giles Keyte/©Columbia Pictures Entertainment BRIGHT, DIRECTOR DAVID AYER, ON SET, 2017. PH: SCOTT GARFIELD/© NETFLIX BRIGHT, FROM LEFT: DIRECTOR DAVID AYER, WILL SMITH, ON SET, 2017. PH: MATT KENNEDY/© NETFLIX HARSH TIMES, Eva Longoria, Freddy Rodríguez, director David Ayer, on set, 2006. ©Bauer Martinez Films FURY, l-r: director David Ayer, Brad Pitt on set, 2014. ph: Giles Keyte/©Columbia Pictures Entertainment BRIGHT, DIRECTOR DAVID AYER, ON SET, 2017. PH: MATT KENNEDY/© NETFLIX FURY, from left: director David Ayer, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, on set, 2014. ph: Giles Keyte/©Columbia Pictures Entertainment FURY, director David Ayer (front), Brad Pitt (back center), Jon Bernthal (cigarette), on set, 2014. ph: Giles Keyte/©Columbia Pictures Entertainment FURY, Shia LaBeouf (top left), Brad Pitt (front, at cannon), Jon Bernthal (right, on tank), Michael Pena (obscured), director David Ayer (right), on set, 2014. ph: Giles Keyte/©Columbia Pictures Entertainment HARSH TIMES, Christian Bale, director David Ayer on set, 2005, (c) Bauer Martinez SUICIDE SQUAD, from left: Viola Davis, director David Ayer, on set, 2016. ph: Clay Enos/© Warner Bros. SUICIDE SQUAD, director David Ayer, on set, 2016. ph: Clay Enos/© Warner Bros. HARSH TIMES, Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, director David Ayer, on set, 2006. ©Bauer Martinez Films HARSH TIMES, director David Ayer (top), on set, 2006. ©Bauer Martinez Films HARSH TIMES, director David Ayer, 2005, (c) Bauer Martinez Films David Ayer at arrivals for Fox Searchlight Premieres STREET KINGS, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, April 03, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      71% 92% The Beekeeper Director $63.1M 2024
      18% 72% The Tax Collector Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $942.7K 2020
      78% 78% Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Executive Producer $84.1M 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ready for War Executive Producer - 2019
      26% 83% Bright Director,
      Producer
      - 2017
      26% 58% Suicide Squad Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2016
      76% 84% Fury Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $85.8M 2014
      21% 36% Sabotage Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $10.5M 2014
      85% 86% End of Watch Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $41.0M 2012
      38% 58% Street Kings Director $26.4M 2008
      48% 55% Harsh Times Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $3.3M 2005
      48% 52% S.W.A.T. Screenwriter $116.6M 2003
      59% 52% Dark Blue Screenwriter $9.1M 2002
      74% 89% Training Day Writer,
      Co-Producer
      $76.3M 2001
      54% 74% The Fast and the Furious Writer $144.5M 2001
      68% 62% U-571 Screenwriter $77.1M 2000

      TV

      Credit
      40% 62% Deputy Executive Producer 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2017