Guy Ritchie

BirthDay:

10 Sep 1968

BirthPlace:

Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK

BirthName:

Guy Stuart Ritchie

Bio:

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995, got a job as a runner, ultimately starting his film career. He quickly progressed and was directing music promos for bands and commercials by 1995.

The profits that he made from directing these promos was invested into writing and making the film The Hard Case (1995), a twenty minute short film that is also the prequel to his debut feature Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, saw The Hard Case (1995) and invested in the feature film. Once completed, ten British distributors turned the film down before the film eventually was released in the UK in 1998 and the US in 1999; the film put Ritchie on the map as one of the hottest rising filmmakers of the time, and launched the careers of actors Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, and Vinnie Jones, among others. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) was followed up by Snatch. (2000), this time with a bigger budget and a few more familiar faces such as Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro alongside returning actors Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and Jason Flemyng. At the end of 2000, Ritchie married the pop superstar Madonna in Scotland, and proceeded to work with his famous wife on a variety of film and video projects, including the short Star (2001), made for BMW and co-starring Clive Owen, and the controversial video "What It Feels Like for a Girl," which was called out for its violence. In 2002 the couple embarked on a remake of the 1974 Lina Wertmüller film Swept Away (2002); the new film was a critical and commercial flop, winning five Razzie Awards. Ritchie followed up with the Vegas heist film Revolver (2005), which was panned, but won favor with the crime thriller RocknRolla (2008), which featured a game, energetic cast and brought American attention to rising stars Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy.

The next year saw the release of Sherlock Holmes (2009), starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Jude Law as his cohort Dr. Watson. The film received mostly good reviews but, more importantly for Ritchie's career, was a solid blockbuster hit that grossed more than $520 million dollars worldwide and spawned a sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Ritchie is tentatively scheduled to direct an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Ritchie has two sons with Madonna: Rocco, born in 2000, and an adopted son, David, born in 2005. In late 2008, the couple confirmed reports that they were splitting up, and agreed to a divorce settlement that was finalized in December of that year. In September 2011, Ritchie's girlfriend, model Jacqui Ainsley, gave birth to a son, Rafael, and in July 2012 the couple announced they were expecting their second child.
Filmography

Actor ( 26 credits )

1st Look (2011)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
RocknRolla (2008) Man riding bycicle (uncredited)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Movie Connections (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2011)
I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (2005) Himself - My Old Man
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Top Gear (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Snatch (2000) Man Reading Newspaper (uncredited)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Tout le monde en parle (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Sky News: Sunrise (1998)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2009)
EastEnders Revealed (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005)
Access Hollywood (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Extra (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Taff (1994)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2006)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1999)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2003)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (13 episodes, 2001-2009)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)

Producer ( 7 credits )

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) producer
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) producer
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) producer
RocknRolla (2008) producer
Mean Machine (2001) executive producer
Lock, Stock... (2000) executive producer (7 episodes, 2000)
Cascade (0) producer

Writer ( 10 credits )

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) (screenplay) &
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) (screenplay) &
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) (screenplay)
RocknRolla (2008) (written by)
Revolver (2005) (written by)
Swept Away (2002) (screenplay)
Star (2001) (written by) &
Snatch (2000) (written by)
Lock, Stock... (2000) (1 episode, 2000)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) (written by)

Director ( 14 credits )

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
RocknRolla (2008)
Revolver (2005)
Swept Away (2002)
Star (2001)
Snatch (2000)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
The Hard Case (1995)
Sherlock Holmes 3 (0) (rumored)
Aladdin (0) (rumored)

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