Ruben Fleischer

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Ruben Fleischer
Ruben Fleischer 2009.jpg
Fleischer at the Zombieland premiere at Fantastic Fest in September 2009
Born Ruben Samuel Fleischer[1]
(1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 43)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Film director, film producer, television producer, music video director, commercial director
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Holly Shakoor (m. 2012)[2]

Ruben Samuel Fleischer (born October 31, 1974) is an American film director, film producer, television producer, music video director, and commercial director who lives in Los Angeles. He is best known as the director of Zombieland, his first feature film. He followed it by making the films 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad. He will next direct the 2018 film version of Venom which is based on the Marvel Comics character. Prior to directing feature films, Fleischer was a director of television commercials and music videos, working for such brands as Cisco, Eurostar, ESPN, and Burger King, as well as such artists as M.I.A., Electric Six, DJ Format, and Gold Chains.

Life and career[edit]

Ruben Fleischer was born and raised in Washington, D.C, the son of Karen Lee (née Samuel) and David Elliot Fleischer, who is a medical school professor at Georgetown, as well as a physician.[1][3] His brother, Lucas, works in new media.[4] His father was born to a Jewish family, while his mother converted to Judaism. Fleischer was raised in Reform Judaism.[5]

After graduating with a major in history from Wesleyan University, Fleischer moved to San Francisco, unsure of what he wanted to do with his life.[6] He found himself working as a freelance HTML programmer in San Francisco.[7][8] Taking the advice of close friend Mike White (also a Wesleyan graduate), Fleischer worked as a PA in the writers' office of Dawson's Creek.[3] He eventually turned to directing and worked his way through the industry, tackling music videos and television commercials before landing his first feature film, Zombieland, in 2009. His second feature film, 30 Minutes or Less, opened in theaters on August 12, 2011.[9]

Fleischer directed Gangster Squad, a 2013 crime drama film, based on the special tactical group created by the LAPD to combat the Los Angeles crime family.[10] Flming began in September, 2011, and the cast included Ryan Gosling,[11] Sean Penn,[10] Emma Stone,[10] Josh Brolin,[11] Giovanni Ribisi,[12] Anthony Mackie,[13] Michael Peña,[11][13] and Holt McCallany.[14]

On May 19, 2017, it was announced that Fleischer will direct Venom which will be based on the Marvel Comics character and it will star Tom Hardy in the title role. The film is set for release on October 5, 2018.[15] Also in May 2017, it was announced that Fleischer will direct the sequel to his 2009 film Zombieland.[16]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Producer
2009 Zombieland Yes No
2011 30 Minutes or Less Yes No
2013 Gangster Squad Yes Executive
2014 Two Night Stand No Yes
2017 Unicorn Store No Yes
2018 Venom Yes No
2019 Zombieland Too Yes No


Year Title Note
2003–2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Directed 3 episodes
2006–2007 Rob & Big Executive producer
2008 Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Directed 2 episodes
2009–2015 Fantasy Factory Executive producer
2010 Funny or Die Presents Directed 4 episodes
2015 Marry Me Episode: "F Me"
2015–2018 Superstore Directed 4 episodes
Executive producer
2016 American Housewife Directed episode: "Pilot"
Executive producer
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Directed 2 episodes
Executive producer

Short films[edit]

Year Title Note
2001 The Girls Guitar Club Director, producer
2005 Gumball 3000: 6 Days in May Director, producer

Music videos[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Jennings, Hughes, Wilkes, Webber, Aldridge U.K.:Information about Ruben Samuel Fleischer". 1996-08-15. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Emma Stone officiates a wedding – just like these other celebrities". 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  3. ^ a b Bloomer, Jeffrey (October 2, 2009). "Getting to Know... Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer". Paste Magazine. 
  4. ^ Hornaday, Ann (October 17, 2009). "With 'Zombieland,' D.C. Native Ruben Fleischer Turns His Directorial Debut Into a Hit". Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  5. ^ January 10, 2013, 5:00am. "Gangster Squad's Comedy Nerd – The Arty Semite –". Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  6. ^ Ann Hornaday (October 17, 2009). "Don of the Dead". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Ruben Fleischer’s ‘Gangster Squad’, New York Times. By Michael Cieply. Published: January 4, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Steve Weintraub (July 9, 2009). "Director Ruben Fleischer Interview ZOMBIELAND". Collider Magazine. 
  9. ^ Germain Lussier (April 22, 2011). "'30 Minutes Or Less' Teaser Posters". Slashfilm. 
  10. ^ a b c Sneider, Jeff; Kroll, Justin (July 26, 2011). "Emma Stone rounds up 'Gangster Squad'". Variety. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (June 7, 2011). "Michael Pena Joins Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin in 'Gangster Squad'". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Giovanni Ribisi Joins Warner Bros' 'The Gangster Squad'". Deadline Hollywood. Media. July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Gangster Squad". Allrovi. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Holt McCallany Joins 'Gangster Squad'". Deadline Hollywood. Media. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 10, 2016). "Tom Hardy to Star in 'Spider-Man' Movie 'Venom,' Ruben Fleischer to Direct". Variety. 
  16. ^ Michael Kennedy (March 23, 2017). "Zombieland 2 Writers Reveal Script is Completed". Screen Rant. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 

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