Ruben Fleischer

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Ruben Fleischer
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Fleischer at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Ruben Samuel Fleischer[1]

(1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 46)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, television producer, music video director, commercial director
Years active2000–present
Holly Shakoor
(m. 2012)

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 (2009), his first feature film, and its sequel Zombieland: Double Tap (2019). He has also directed the films 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad, and 2018's Venom featuring the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Prior to features, 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 physician at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Professor of Medicine.[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 action thriller film, based on the special tactical group created by the LAPD to combat the Los Angeles crime family.[10]

Fleischer next directed Venom, a film about the Marvel Comics character Eddie Brock. It stars Tom Hardy in the title role, and was released on October 5, 2018.[11]

In 2019, Fleischer directed Zombieland: Double Tap, the sequel to his 2009 film Zombieland, reuniting all four original leads.[12] In February 2020, Fleischer was hired to direct Uncharted, based on the video game series of the same name.[13]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Executive
2009 Zombieland Yes No
2011 30 Minutes or Less Yes No
2013 Gangster Squad Yes Yes
2018 Venom Yes No
2019 Zombieland: Double Tap Yes Yes
2022 Uncharted Yes No

As Producer


Year Title Director Executive
2003–2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Yes No 3 episodes
2006–2007 Rob & Big No Yes
2008 Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Yes No 2 episodes
2009–2015 Fantasy Factory No Yes
2010 Funny or Die Presents Yes No 4 episodes
2015 Marry Me Yes No Episode "F Me"
2015–2021 Superstore Yes Yes Directed 7 episodes
2016 American Housewife Yes Yes Directed episode "Pilot"
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Yes Yes Directed 2 episodes
2017–present The Bold Type No Yes
2019–2020 Stumptown Yes Yes Directed 1 episode
TBA The White House Plumbers No Yes

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Producer
2001 The Girls Guitar Club Yes Yes
2005 Gumball 3000: 6 Days in May Yes Yes

Music videos[edit]

Title Artist
"Galang" M.I.A.
"Fix Up, Look Sharp" Dizzee Rascal
"Stand Up Tall"
"Pro Nails" Kid Sister
"I Came From SF" Gold Chains
"Cali Nights"
"The Game"
"Dance Commander" Electric Six
"Vicious Battle Raps" DJ Format
"We Know Something You Don't"
"Mocito" Pigeon Funk


Title Brand
"Ladies Man" Boost Mobile
"Good Inside" McDonald's
"Revision 43A" Cisco
"Jack 245"
"Up Late with The King" Burger King
"Circles" Eurostar
"Quiet" ESPN
"The Drop" Courir


Fleischer has cast certain actors in more than one of his films:

Actor Zombieland
30 Minutes or Less
Gangster Squad
Zombieland: Double Tap
Abigail Breslin checkY checkY 2
Jesse Eisenberg checkY checkY checkY 3
Woody Harrelson checkY checkY checkY 3
Bill Murray checkY checkY 2
Michael Peña checkY checkY 2
Emma Stone checkY checkY checkY 3


  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. ^ "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. ^ 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. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 10, 2016). "Tom Hardy to Star in 'Spider-Man' Movie 'Venom,' Ruben Fleischer to Direct". Variety.
  12. ^ Michael Kennedy (March 23, 2017). "Zombieland 2 Writers Reveal Script is Completed". Screen Rant. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 2, 2020). "Antonio Banderas Joins Tom Holland in 'Uncharted' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on March 2, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (January 29, 2019). "Eric Andre-Lil Rel Howery's Prank Comedy 'Bad Trip' to Release in October". Variety. Retrieved May 23, 2019.

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