Ruben Fleischer

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Ruben Fleischer
Ruben Fleischer 2009.jpg
Fleischer at the Zombieland world premiere at Fantastic Fest, September 25, 2009
Born Ruben Samuel Fleischer[1]
(1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 41)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Film director, film producer, television producer, music video director, commercial director
Years active 2001–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 the critically acclaimed and financially successful Zombieland, his first feature film. He followed it by making the films 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, both of which opened to mixed reviews. Prior to directing feature films, Fleischer was a prolific 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 writer's 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]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Note
2009 Zombieland Director
2011 30 Minutes or Less Director
2013 Gangster Squad Director, executive producer
2014 Two Night Stand Producer
TBA Zombieland 2 Director

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]



  • Fantasy Factory – (executive producer - 30 episodes)
  • Rob & Big (producer - 16 episodes, 2006-2007) (executive producer - 15 episodes, 2008)


  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. 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'". Media. July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Gangster Squad". Allrovi. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Holt McCallany Joins 'Gangster Squad'". Media. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 

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