Ridley at San Diego Film Festival 2013
|Born||John Ridley IV.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin US
|Notable work||12 Years a Slave|
|Parent(s)||John Ridley III.|
John Ridley IV.(born October 1965) is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, television showrunner and writer best known for 12 Years a Slave. He won an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave.
Ridley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised from age 7 in Mequon, Wisconsin, He is the middle sibling of two sisters. with an ophthalmologist father, John Ridley, III., and a mother, Terry Ridley, who was a special education teacher for the Milwaukee Public Schools.
Following college, Ridley performed standup comedy in New York City, with appearances on a David Letterman late-night talk show and The Tonight Show. Moving to Los Angeles in 1990, he began writing for such television sitcoms as “Martin,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The John Larroquette Show.
After both writing and directing his film debut, the 1997 crime thriller Cold Around the Heart, he and Oliver Stone co-adapted Ridley's first novel, Stray Dogs, still unpublished when Stone bought the rights, into the 1997 Stone-directed film U Turn, which was released slightly earlier than Cold Around the Heart. Ridley went on to write the novels Love Is a Racket and Everybody Smokes in Hell. His novel Spoils of War was adapted into the 1999 David O. Russell-directed Three Kings, with Ridley's original script being rewritten by Russell and Ridley receiving a "story by" credit negotiated among himself, Russell and the releasing studio, Warner Bros. Ridley then became a writer and a supervising producer on the NBC crime-drama Third Watch. His other novels are The Drift, Those Who Walk in Darkness, A Conversation with the Mann.
The Ridley-penned script for 12 Years a Slave won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, making Ridley the second African-American to win the award after Geoffrey S. Fletcher for Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire.
|1994||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Writer|
|1995||The John Larroquette Show||Writer|
|1998||Team Knight Rider||Writer|
|1999 - 2004||Third Watch||Writer|
|2005||Barbershop: The Series||Writer|
|2005||The Wanda Sykes Show||Writer|
Works and publications
- Ridley, John. Stray Dogs. New York: Ballantine Books, 1997. iSBN 978-0-345-41345-1
- Ridley, John. Love Is a Racket: A Novel. New York: Knopf, 1998. ISBN 978-0-375-40142-8
- Ridley, John. Everybody Smokes in Hell. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. ISBN 978-0-375-40143-5
- Ridley, John. A Conversation with the Mann: A Novel. New York: Warner Books, 2002. ISBN 978-0-446-52836-8
- Ridley, John. The Drift. New York: Knopf, 2002. ISBN 978-0-375-41182-3
- Ridley, John. Those Who Walk in Darkness. New York: Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 978-0-446-53093-4
- Ridley, John, and Patricia R. Floyd. What Fire Cannot Burn. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books, 2011, 2007. ISBN 978-1-456-10151-0
- Ridley, John, and Ben Oliver. The Authority: Human on the Inside. La Jolla, CA: WildStorm Productions, 2004. 978-1-401-20070-1
- Ridley, John. The Razor's Edge: Warblade #5. DC Comics. 2005.
- Ridley, John, Georges Jeanty, and Karl C. Story. The American Way. La Jolla, Calif: WildStorm/DC Comics, 2007. ISBN 978-1-401-21256-8
- Ridley, John. Ten Thousand Years. 2005 (world premiere).
- Ridley, John. "The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Nigger." Esquire, December 2006, Volume 146, Issue 6.
- Reardon, Patrick. chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-09-24/features/9809240308_1_fingers-novels-sound. Retrieved 25 March 2015. Missing or empty
- Bozzola, Lucia. "John Ridley". AllMovie / Rovi via The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
- Chandler, Kurt (January 31, 2008). "How to be a Famous Hollywood Writer". Milwaukee Magazine. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Dudek, Duane (January 16, 2014). "Mequon native Ridley talks Oscar nominations for '12 Years A Slave'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 18, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Reardon, Patrick. "John Ridley's Childhood". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
- Bence, Susan (4 March 2014). "Oscar Winner John Ridley's Father Talks About Life Before Desegregation" (Audio). WUWM Milwaukee. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015. Audio archived on January 28, 2015.
- "John Ridley, Easy Writer". Entertainment Weekly. October 8, 1999. Archived from the original on February 28, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- '"Entertainment Weekly, "John Ridley, Easy Writer", p. 2. Archived from the original on February 28, 2015.
- Cieply, Michael; Barnes, Brooks (March 2, 2014). "A Landmark Oscar Win for ‘12 Years a Slave’". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Gross, Terry (May 2, 2007). "A Disenchanted Look at 'The American Way'" (Audio interview). Fresh Air (NPR). Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Shattuck, Kathryn (January 16, 2014). "What the Writer Had to Edit From ‘12 Years a Slave’". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Lee, Chris (March 2, 2014). "Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' wins for adapted screenplay". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Ridley in Thompson, Anne (October 16, 2013). "Oscar-Winner John Ridley Talks Writing '12 Years a Slave' and Directing Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side'". Indiewire.com. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014.
At the end of the year, when all these things are happening and you've got two kids, a lot of what you see gets determined by what gets put in front of you.
- Gennusa, Chris R. "John Ridley: Burnt Noir." Creative Screenwriting. Winter 1997, v. 4 n.4, pp. 33–38
- Archived pages of defunct official site: December 1, 2006 - March 1, 2007, January 8 - April 12, 2007, March 1 - August 28, 2007 (final archived page other than contact page).
- John Ridley at the Internet Movie Database