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Name: Bryan Singer  
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Date of Birth: 17th September 1965
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Profession: Director
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Bryan Singer appearing in a cameo role in Star Trek: Nemesis

Bryan Singer (born September 17, 1965 in New York City) is an American film director. Actors Lori and Marc Singer are his cousins.


He grew up in a Jewish household in New Jersey, attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, then studied filmmaking at New York's School of Visual Arts and later USC School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles. He is Jewish and gay, and has said that his life experiences of growing up as a minority influenced his development of the X-Men movies.

His production company is Bad Hat Harry Productions (named after a line from Jaws, one of his favourite films), which produces House M.D..


Lion's Den

After graduating, Singer directed a short film called Lion's Den. With Lion's Den he involved a number of friends, including actor Ethan Hawke who he knew from his childhood in New Jersey and editor John Ottman who he had meet while working on a friend's short film.

Public Access

After a screening of Lion's Den, Singer was approached by someone who knew of a Japanese company that funded low-budget films. Together with Christopher McQuarrie, a friend from high school, Singer wrote the screenplay for Public Access, a movie about a supposedly idyllic small town. Ottman again served as editor but this time also composed the score for the film. At the 1993 Sundance Film Festival the film was named as co-winner of the Grand Jury Prize.

The Usual Suspects

While attending the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Singer and McQuarrie began discussing an idea that McQuarrie had for a story where "five criminals meet in a police line-up". The film, The Usual Suspects, won a number of awards including the 1995 BAFTA Award for Best Picture and Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. Writer McQuarrie won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay, composer/editor Ottman won the BAFTA Award for Best Editing and the Saturn Award for Best Music and actor Kevin Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Apt Pupil

In 1998, Singer directed Apt Pupil, from a screenplay written by Brandon Boyce, another of his friends. The story, adapted from a Stephen King short story of the same name, tells of a young boy who develops a morbid fascination with a Nazi war criminal. An experience from Singer's childhood, where he and his friends briefly formed a "Nazi Club", is often cited as attracting him to this project.


Singer was initially approached by 20th Century Fox to direct X-Men after directing The Usual Suspects, but not being a fan of comics and being unaware of the characters, Singer turned them down. However his friend Tom DeSanto, a big fan of the comics and partner in his production company Bad Hat Harry Productions, eventually persuaded Singer to reconsider and after reading the comics and becoming familiar with the characters, Singer signed on to direct. Rejecting all the scripts and storylines that were developed over a decade of failed production attempts, Singer developed the story for the film with DeSanto in a week and then worked on the script with a friend who had actually started out as Singer's driver, David Hayter. Singer won the 2000 Saturn Award for Best Direction for X-Men.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

In early 2001, Singer was planning to direct Confessions of a Dangerous Mind with Johnny Depp in the lead role, from Charlie Kaufman's script based on the Chuck Barris book of the same name. However financial troubles delayed production and Singer had to move on. The film was later directed by George Clooney for Miramax Films with Sam Rockwell in the lead role.

Battlestar Galactica

In late 2001, Singer was planning to help DeSanto produce a new Battlestar Galactica television series for Studio USA (now NBC Universal Television Studio) and the FOX network. Singer was scheduled to direct the mini-series which would have served as a pilot for a potential series. Speaking to Variety in February 2001, Singer said he was confident that the "Galactica" brand is a sleeping giant. It was a show I watched during its initial run, from the pilot to the final episode. The essence and the brand name is quite potent in a climate where there's a great deficit of sci-fi programming. However production delays caused by the September 11, 2001 attacks meant Singer had to drop out due to his commitment to direct X-Men 2. FOX then lost interest in Galactica and Studio USA took the project to the Sci Fi Channel and a different production team. This resulted in the new Battlestar Galactica 2003 mini-series and 2004 television series.


In June 2002 filming began on X2 in Canada with Singer again directing, this time from a screenplay written by David Hayter, Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty. In 2004, X2 was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, but lost to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Star Trek: Nemesis

In 2002 having learned that Singer was a life long Star Trek fan, Patrick Stewart arranged for Singer to visit the set of Star Trek: Nemesis and appear in the finished film as a Starfleet officer on the bridge of the Enterprise.


On November 16, 2004 a new medical drama debuted on FOX called House, M.D., with Singer attached as an executive producer. He also directed the pilot and the third episode, then appeared in a brief cameo as himself in the twelfth episode.

Superman Returns

In mid 2004, Singer was in negotiations to direct X-Men 3 for FOX, but he was then offered the chance to direct the new Superman film. On July 19, 2004, Variety reported that Singer had signed on to direct Superman Returns for Warner Bros.. In retaliation FOX terminated their production deal with Bad Hat Harry Productions, Singer's production company. As of August 2005 Singer is shooting Superman Returns in Australia for a summer 2006 release from a script by Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty.

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