John Ridley

BirthPlace:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Bio:

John Ridley is the author of seven published novels, the most recent, What Fire Cannot Burn from Warner Books and The Drift from Knopf. His first novel, Stray Dogs, was made into the feature film U Turn (1997) directed by Oliver Stone and starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, and Nick Nolte. Additionally, Ridley wrote the screenplays for the films Undercover Brother (2002) and Cold Around the Heart (1997) and wrote the story for Three Kings (1999).

He is a playwright as well and in 2005 produced the world premiere of his first play, Ten Thousand Years. Ridley is also a commentator for National Public Radio and a regular contributor to California Connected (2002), an award-winning, news magazine which airs throughout California on 12 Public Television stations. He was the host of Movie Club with John Ridley (2004) on AMC, a unique movie review program with a panel of critics.

Ridley also wrote, directed, and produced the popular TV show, Barbershop (2005) formerly on Showtime.
Filmography

Actor ( 17 credits )

Lady Dynamite (2016)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Take Part Live (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Just Seen It (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Curb: The Discussion (2010)  Himself (2 episodes)
Heckler (2007) Himself
That's What I'm Talking About (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Movie Club with John Ridley (2004)  Himself - Host (5 episodes, 2005)
Dennis Miller (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2014)
Good Day L.A. (1993) (1 episode, 2014)
Martin (1992)  Man with car (uncredited) (1 episode, 1993)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)  John Ridley (1 episode, 1994)
Siskel & Ebert (1986)  Himself - Guest Host (1 episode, 2006)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2014)

Producer ( 16 credits )

Ben-Hur (2016) executive producer
Presence (2016) executive producer (unknown episodes)
American Crime (2015) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013) executive producer
Out of the Furnace (2013) co-producer
12 Years a Slave (2013) executive producer
The Wanda Sykes Show (2009) co-executive producer (21 episodes, 2009-2010)
Bobby (2006) co-producer
Barbershop (2005) executive producer (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Platinum (2003) executive producer (6 episodes, 2003)
Undercover Brother (2002) executive producer
Three Kings (1999) co-producer
Third Watch (1999) consulting producer / supervising producer (65 episode
U Turn (1997) executive producer
The Show (1996) consulting producer (8 episodes, 1996)
The John Larroquette Show (1993) co-producer (23 episodes, 1995-1996)

Writer ( 22 credits )

Ben-Hur (2016) (screenplay)
Presence (2016) (creator) (unknown episodes)
American Crime (2015) (unknown episodes)
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013) (screenplay)
12 Years a Slave (2013) (screenplay by)
Red Tails (2012)
The Wanda Sykes Show (2009) (21 episodes, 2009-2010)
Barbershop (2005) (creator) (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Platinum (2003) (creator) (6 episodes, 2003)
Undercover Brother (2002) (story)
Justice League (2001) (1 episode, 2004)
Static Shock (2000) (1 episode, 2003)
Three Kings (1999) (story)
Third Watch (1999) (8 episodes, 1999-2004)
Trinity (1998) (1 episode, 1999)
Cold Around the Heart (1997) (written by)
U Turn (1997)
Team Knight Rider (1997) (1 episode, 1998)
The Show (1996) (1 episode, 1996)
The John Larroquette Show (1993) (2 episodes, 1995)
Martin (1992) (3 episodes, 1993-1994)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) (2 episodes, 1994)

Director ( 6 credits )

Presence (2016) (unknown episodes)
American Crime (2015) (5 episodes, 2015-2016)
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
Barbershop (2005) (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Platinum (2003) (1 episode, 2003)
Cold Around the Heart (1997)