Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Bryan Singer (Bryan Jay Singer) is an American film director, producer, actor and screenwriter who was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He was adopted by and environmental activist, Grace Sinden and a corporate executive, Dave Singer. He grew up in West Windsor Township, New Jersey in a Jewish household. He graduated West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in 1984. He then studied filmmaking for two years at New York's School of Visual Arts. He transferred to the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. He attended School of Visual Arts in New York City for a short period. He directed short film, Lion’s Den in 1988 using his friends as cast members/actors. Actor Ethan Hawke was one of the actors in Lion’s Den - Bryan and Ethan are childhood friends from New Jersey.
Bryan is 5' 10" (1.78 m) and met John Ottman (composer, editor and director) at USC School of Cinema-Television. He is cousins with Marc Singer, Gregory Singer, Lori Singer and Claude Singer. Bryan is open about him being a bisexual and dates both women and men. His movies are influenced from his childhood growing up as a bisexual. Bryan was accused in 1997 by a fourteen year old of being asked to film a nude shower scene with other minors for Apt Pupil. The lawsuit was dismissed because there was not enough evidence. Attorney Jeff Herman filed a lawsuit on Bryan in April 2014 for sexually assaulting a minor. Jeff mentioned in his lawsuit that Bryan drugged and raped actor and model Michael Egan in Hawaii and Los Angeles in the 1990s. Bryan said in a statement that the lawsuit is "outrageous, vicious and completely false."
He is the third director to do three live action adaptations of a comic book series. He did the X-Men series, Sam Raimi did the Spiderman series, and Christopher Bolan did the Batman trilogy. Bryan most often works with John Ottman music, cinematographer Tom Siegel and Ian McKellen. He is famous for The Usual Suspects (1995), Apt Pupil (1998), X-Men films (2000, 2003, 2014), House M.D. (2004), Superman Returns (2006), Valkyrie (2008) and Jack the Giant Slayer (2013).
Some of Bryan Singer's favorite movies are Star Trek (1966) and Jaws (1975).
Bryan Singer was an actor in Lion's Den (1988) - Star Trek Nemesis (2002) - X2 (2003) - House (2004).
Some Facts About Bryan Singer
- Ranked #46 on Premiere magazine's 2006 "Power 50" list.
- Director Gary Goddard and actor Ethan Hawke are his best friends.
- He turned down being director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) because he was too busy.
- He believed that comic books are not intelligent and turndown the opportunity to direct X-Men three times and changed his mind about comic books after reading one comic book and watching the animated series.
- Universal Pictures announced in August 2009 that Bryan would be the director and producer of reimagined Battlestar Galactica TV series from the 1970s that would not take any material from the reimagined series from the Syfy Channel.
- Bryan directed The Usual Suspects with actor Kevin Spacey, who won an Oscar for his performance.
- He promotes X-Men (2000) by attending the San Diego Comic-Con.
Bryan Singer Quotes
“Before Jaws (1975), there was no such thing as a summer blockbuster. It's my favorite film of all time. My production company is called Bad Hat Harry, which is a line in Jaws. Everything comes back to Jaws. It defines us. It created the summer movie. It still scares the sh*t out of people today and is one of the most structurally unconventional films in the mainstream lexicon. Basically, the first half of the movie is An Enemy of the People (1978) and the second half is Moby Dick (1956). It's two movies, split in half right down the middle, and it works remarkably. It changed the course of film history”
“I identify with Superman. I am adopted, I am an only child, and I love the idea that he comes from another world, that he's the ultimate immigrant. He has all these extraordinary powers, and he has a righteousness about him”
“One thing that interests me is the notion of ancient mutants. What would people, thousands of years ago, without the benefit of science, think mutants were? And more importantly, what would mutants, thousands of years ago, think they were? Gods? Titans? Angels? Demons? And if such mutants did exist thousands of years ago, what became of them? Did one survive?”
“There's no point in making films unless you intend to show us something special, otherwise just go out and watch a play. Kubrick showed us something special. Every film was a challenge, and a direct assault on cinema's conventions”