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      Ryan Coogler

      Ryan Coogler

      Highest Rated: 100% Stephen Curry: Underrated (2023)

      Lowest Rated: 26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

      Birthday: May 23, 1986

      Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

      Ryan Coogler was an American director who found success early in his career with short films and his lauded feature-length film debut "Fruitvale Station" (2013) before going on to become one of the most commercially successful black filmmakers in history. Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California. His mother was a community organizer, and his father was a probation officer. Coogler was an athletic child, and he attended Saint Mary's College of California on a football scholarship. There, he studied chemistry, though a professor encouraged him to look into screenwriting. Coogler transferred, eventually landing at the USC School Of Cinematic Arts. There, he began directing award-winning short films, which centered on true-to-life and often harrowing tales. Starting at age 21, Coogler worked with at-risk youth, following in his father's footsteps by working in the prison system. His next cinematic venture was "Fruitvale," a feature-length film about the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant's life before he was shot by policemen in Coogler's hometown of Oakland in a manslaughter case that had gone mostly overlooked by the public. The film, renamed "Fruitvale Station," starred Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer, and Forest Whitaker was one of the producers. After winning much praise and many awards at Sundance and Cannes, it was released by The Weinstein Company to popular and critical success. In 2014, Coogler signed on to direct "Creed," a "Rocky" spin-off also starring Michael B. Jordan. Its critical and commercial success led to the biggest film of Coogler's career so far, "Black Panther" (2018). The first film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to focus on a black lead character with a majority-black cast, the film was not only a massive commercial success, it was hailed as a major move forward for African-American filmmakers in general.




      89% 96% Creed III Producer $127.7M 2023
      100% No Score Yet Stephen Curry: Underrated Producer - 2023
      84% 94% Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Director,
      $453.8M 2022
      85% No Score Yet Homeroom Executive Producer - 2021
      26% 79% Space Jam: A New Legacy Producer $70.5M 2021
      97% 95% Judas and the Black Messiah Producer $5.0M 2021
      83% 80% Creed II Executive Producer $115.7M 2018
      96% 79% Black Panther Director,
      $700.2M 2018
      95% 89% Creed Director,
      $109.7M 2015
      94% 87% Fruitvale Station Director,
      $16.1M 2013


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