Ryan Murphy (writer)
|Born||Ryan Patrick Murphy|
November 9, 1965
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Screenwriter, director, producer|
|Alma mater||IU Bloomington|
David Miller (m. 2012)
Ryan Patrick Murphy (born November 9, 1965) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating/producing a number of successful television series, including the FX medical drama Nip/Tuck (2003–10), the Fox musical comedy-drama Glee (2009–15), the FX anthology series American Horror Story (2011–present), American Crime Story (2016–present), and Feud (2017–present), and the Fox procedural drama 9-1-1 (2018–present). He is also known for directing the 2010 film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love and the 2014 HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, which earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Frequent casting
- 6 Netflix executive
- 7 Controversy
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Murphy was born on November 9, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was raised in an Irish Catholic family. He attended Catholic school from first through eighth grade, and graduated from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. He has described his mother J. Andy Murphy as a "beauty queen who left it all to stay at home and take care of her two sons". She wrote five books and worked in communications for over 20 years before retiring. His father worked in the newspaper industry as a circulation director before he retired after 30 years.
After coming out as gay, Murphy saw his first therapist, who found nothing wrong with him other than being "too precocious for his own good". During a 2012 interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Murphy claimed that he secretly dated "a lot of football players" in high school. He performed with a choir as a child, which would later inform his work on Glee. Murphy attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he majored in journalism.
Murphy started as a journalist working for The Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Knoxville News Sentinel and Entertainment Weekly. He began scriptwriting in the late 1990s, when Steven Spielberg purchased his script Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn?.
Popular and Nip/Tuck
Murphy started his career in television with the teen comedy series Popular, which he co-created with Gina Matthews. The series premiered on The WB on September 29, 1999 and ran for two seasons, ending in 2001. He then created the FX drama series Nip/Tuck, which premiered on July 18, 2003. In 2004, Murphy earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Murphy took the show's signature line, "Tell me what you don't like about yourself," from a plastic surgeon he met when he was a journalist researching an undercover story on plastic surgery in Beverly Hills. The series ended after six seasons in 2010.
On May 19, 2009, Murphy's musical comedy-drama series, Glee, premiered on Fox. He co-created the series with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. In its early seasons, the show was critically lauded. Murphy won his first Primetime Emmy Award for directing the pilot episode. The series concluded in 2015 following its sixth season. Murphy was one of four executive producers on the reality television series The Glee Project, which premiered on Oxygen on June 12, 2011. The show featured a group of contestants vying for the prize of a seven-episode arc on Glee, with someone being eliminated each week, until the winner is chosen in the final episode. The show was renewed for a second season, which ended up being its last.
The New Normal
Murphy and Glee co-executive producer Ali Adler created the half-hour comedy The New Normal, which premiered on NBC on September 10, 2012. The series was based on Murphy's own experiences of having a child via surrogate, with the main characters, Bryan and David, named for Ryan and his husband. The series was ultimately cancelled after one season.
Anthology series and Scream Queens
Murphy and Falchuk created the anthology series American Horror Story, which premiered on FX on October 5, 2011. Some of the same cast have played different characters in different settings each subsequent season. In October 2014, FX greenlit a companion anthology series, American Crime Story, which Murphy and Falchuk executive produce. The series premiered on February 2, 2016.
Murphy's next project, the drama anthology series Feud, premiered on FX in 2017. The first season focused on the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of their 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.
With newcomer Steven Canals, a research assistant for Dustin Lance Black before his Master of Fine Arts at UCLA, Murphy and Falchuk launched a new series set in the Ball community in mid-1980s New York City. Murphy had wanted to adapt Paris is Burning as a series and Canals had been writing a script while at graduate school centered on a young African American teen made homeless for being gay, who moved to New York with dreams of going to dance school and who became adopted by a House mother. Joining Canals, Murphy and Falchuk in the writing room were Our Lady J and Janet Mock, who Murphy also encouraged to direct an episode, making her the first trans woman of colour to do so, as well as the first trans woman of colour in a TV series writing room.
The series premiered on FX on June 3, 2018, attracting critical acclaim. The first season boasted the largest cast of transgender actors ever for a scripted network series with over 50 transgender characters, all played by trans actors. On July 12, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which is set to premiere sometime in 2019.
In May 2018, ahead of the premiere, Murphy announced that he would be donating all his profits from Pose to charitable organizations working with LGBTQ+ people, tweeting a different non-profit including Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center telling Variety that: “The thing that struck me in talking to so many of them, was how much they’ve struggled, how under attack they feel, how many of them find it difficult getting healthcare, and finding jobs. I just decided I need to do more than just making a show for this community. I want to reach out and help this community.”
Murphy has also created/produced a couple of failed pilots. The WB sitcom pilot St. Sass, starring Delta Burke and Heather Matarazzo, was not picked up. In 2008, Murphy wrote and directed the FX pilot Pretty/Handsome, which also was not picked up. By April 2013, HBO had given a pilot order for Murphy's sexuality drama Open, which began filming in late 2013. By September 2014, HBO had opted not to proceed to series.
In 2006, Murphy wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film Running with Scissors. Based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs, the movie version starred Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin and Brian Cox and, as the young Burroughs, Joseph Cross. In 2010, Murphy directed Julia Roberts in an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray, Love. The film was a box office success but a critical failure, receiving harsh reviews criticizing its pacing and lack of credibility. To date, the film has grossed $204,482,125 worldwide.
Murphy next directed the 2014 television film adaptation of Larry Kramer's Broadway play The Normal Heart, starring Mark Ruffalo, Roberts, Baldwin, Jonathan Groff, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons. Murphy then collaborated with The Normal Heart executive producer Jason Blum to produce the remake of the cult-classic horror film The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The film was the directorial debut of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and was also released in 2014.
Murphy has several films in development: Dirty Tricks, a political comedy, One Hit Wonders, a musical comedy, and a sequel to The Normal Heart. In 2014, Murphy was developing a feature film of the life of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, based on the best-selling book Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.
Murphy grew up in a Catholic household and continues to go to church. He serves on the National Advisory Board of Young Storytellers. He once owned a house designed by renowned mid-century modern architect Carl Maston.
In an interview about his show Pose, which is set in 1987, during the height of the initial AIDS Crisis, Murphy described his concern about contracting HIV while at college, getting tested frequently even when celibate.
Murphy has been married to photographer David Miller since July 2012. On December 24, 2012, Murphy and Miller welcomed their first child, a son named Logan Phineas, via a surrogate. In October 2014, they welcomed their second son, Ford.
|1999–2001||Popular||The WB||Created with Gina Matthews|
|2009–2015||Glee||Fox||Created with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan|
|2011–present||American Horror Story||FX||Created with Brad Falchuk; anthology series|
|2012–2013||The New Normal||NBC||Created with Ali Adler|
|2015–2016||Scream Queens||Fox||Created with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan|
|2017–present||Feud||FX||Created with Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam; anthology series|
|2018–present||9-1-1||Fox||Created with Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear|
|2018–present||Pose||FX||Created with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals|
|TBA||The Politician||Netflix||Created with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan|
|TBA||Hollywood||Netflix||Created with Ian Brennan|
|1999–2001||Popular||Executive producer||Television series (43 episodes)|
|2002||St. Sass||Producer||Unsold television pilot|
|2003–2010||Nip/Tuck||Executive producer||Television series (100 episodes)|
|2006||Running with Scissors||Producer||Film|
|2008||Pretty/Handsome||Executive producer||Unsold television pilot|
|2009–2015||Glee||Executive producer||Television series (121 episodes)|
|2011||The Glee Project||Executive producer||Reality television series (7 episodes)|
|2011||Glee: The 3D Concert Movie||Producer||Concert documentary film|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Executive producer||Television series (12 episodes)|
|2012–2013||The New Normal||Executive producer||Television series (22 episodes)|
|2012–2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Executive producer||Television series (13 episodes)|
|2013–2014||American Horror Story: Coven||Executive producer||Television series (13 episodes)|
|2014||The Normal Heart||Executive producer||Television film|
|2014–2015||American Horror Story: Freak Show||Executive producer||Television series (13 episodes)|
|2014||The Town That Dreaded Sundown||Producer||Film|
|2014||Open||Executive producer||Unsold television pilot|
|2015–2016||Scream Queens||Executive producer||Television series (23 episodes)|
|2015–2016||American Horror Story: Hotel||Executive producer||Television series (12 episodes)|
|2016||The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story||Executive producer||Television series (10 episodes)|
|2016||Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Crime Story||Producer||Television documentary series (10 episodes)|
|2016||American Horror Story: Roanoke||Executive producer||Television series (10 episodes)|
|2017||Feud: Bette and Joan||Executive producer||Television series (8 episodes)|
|2017||Feud: Bette and Joan – Inside Look||Executive producer||Television documentary film|
|2017||American Horror Story: Cult||Executive producer||Television series (11 episodes)|
|2018–present||9-1-1||Executive producer||Television series (11 episodes)|
|2018||The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story||Executive producer||Television series (9 episodes)|
|2018–present||Pose||Executive producer||Television series (8 episodes)|
|2018||American Horror Story: Apocalypse||Executive producer||Television series (10 episodes)|
|2019||Ratched||Executive producer||Upcoming television series (18 episodes)|
|TBA||Katrina: American Crime Story||Executive producer||Upcoming television series|
|TBA||The Politician||Executive producer||Upcoming television series|
|2019||American Horror Story: Season 9||Executive producer||Upcoming Television series|
|Year||Title||Episodes / Film|
|2006||Running with Scissors||Film|
|2008||Pretty/Handsome||Unsold television pilot|
|2010||Eat Pray Love||Film|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2012||The New Normal||4 episodes|
|2014||The Normal Heart||Television film|
|2014||American Horror Story Freak Show: Extra-Ordinary-Artists||4 episodes|
|2014||American Horror Story: Freak Show||Episode: "Monsters Among Us"|
|2014||Open||Unsold television pilot|
|2015||Scream Queens||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015||American Horror Story: Hotel||Episode: "Checking In"|
|2016||The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story||4 episodes|
|2017||Feud: Bette and Joan||3 episodes|
|2018||The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story||Episode: "The Man Who Would Be Vogue"|
|Year||Title||Episodes / Film|
|1999||The Furies||Short film|
|2002||St. Sass||Unsold television pilot|
|2006||Running with Scissors||Film|
|2010||Eat Pray Love||Film|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||3 episodes|
|2012–2013||The New Normal||5 episodes|
|2012–2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||2 episodes|
|2013||American Horror Story: Coven||2 episodes|
|2014||American Horror Story: Freak Show||2 episodes|
|2014||Open||Unsold television pilot|
|2015–2016||Scream Queens||8 episodes|
|2015||American Horror Story: Hotel||2 episodes|
|2016||American Horror Story: Roanoke||2 episodes|
|2017||Feud: Bette and Joan||2 episodes|
|2017||American Horror Story: Cult||2 episodes|
|2018||American Horror Story: Apocalypse||2 episodes|
|American Horror Story
|The New Normal
|American Crime Story
|Laura Allen||Rosie||Marcy Nash||2|
|Jacob Artist||Jake Puckerman||Todd Connors||2|
|Angela Bassett||Athena Grant||2|
|Kathy Bates||Joan Blondell||2|
|Willam Belli||Cherry Peck||Party guest||Nana Drag Queen||3|
|Sandra Bernhard||Hannah||Nurse Judy||2|
|Leslie Bibb||Brooke McQueen||Naomi Gaines||2|
|Matt Bomer||Cooper Anderson||Monty||Director||4|
|Jon Jon Briones||Ariel Augustus||Modesto Cunanan||Dr. Richard Hanover||3|
|Connie Britton||Vivien Harmon||Faye Resnick||Abby Clark||3|
|Cocoa Brown||Jeanette "Queen B" Harris||Carla Price||2|
|Kenneth Choi||Lance Ito||Howie Han||2|
|Frances Conroy||Jane Fields||2|
|Darren Criss||Blaine Anderson||Justin||Andrew Cunanan||3|
|Earlene Davis||Andrea Carmichael||Agnes Moorehead||Entitled Woman||3|
|Judy Davis||Hedda Hopper||TBA||2|
|Laura Dreyfuss||Maddison McCarthy||TBA||2|
|James Earl||Azimio Adams||Chamberlain Jackson||2|
|Christine Ebersole||Anna Leigh Leighton||Bobbi||2|
|Christine Estabrook||Sheila Carlton||Marcy||Gloria||2|
|Cody Fern||Michael Langdon||David Madson||2|
|Jessalyn Gilsig||Gina Russo||Terri Schuester||2|
|Cuba Gooding Jr.||Dominic Banks||O. J. Simpson||2|
|Max Greenfield||Gabriel||Ronnie Holston||2|
|Leslie Grossman||Mary Cherry||Bliss Berger||Melissa||4|
|Neil Patrick Harris||Bryan Ryan||Chester Creb||2|
|Colton Haynes||Detective Jack Samuels||Tyler||2|
|Cheyenne Jackson||Dustin Goolsby||2|
|Bryce Johnson||Josh Ford||Corporal Oliver Brandt||Cody Tolentino||3|
|Dot Jones||Tess||Shannon/Sheldon Beiste||Butchy May||3|
|Jessica Lange||Joan Crawford||TBA||3|
|NeNe Leakes||Roz Washington||Rocky Rhoades||2|
|Billie Lourd||Sadie Swenson/Chanel #3||2|
|Jane Lynch||Suzi Klein||Sue Sylvester||2|
|Kate Mara||Vanessa Bartholomew||Hayden McClaine||Patty Bowes||3|
|Ricky Martin||David Martinez||Antonio D'Amico||2|
|Lea Michele||Rachel Berry||Hester Ulrich||2|
|Gwyneth Paltrow||Holly Holliday||Abby||TBA||2|
|Sarah Paulson||Agatha Ripp||Marcia Clark||Geraldine Page||Nurse Ratched||5|
|Evan Peters||Stan Bowes||2|
|Adina Porter||History teacher||2|
|Billy Porter||Behold Chablis||Pray Tell||2|
|Lily Rabe||Lanie Ainge||2|
|Andrew Rannells||Himself||Bryan Collins||2|
|Emma Roberts||Chanel Oberlin||2|
|Romy Rosemont||Libby Zucker||Carole Hudson-Hummel||Jill Shively||Lola||4|
|Skyler Samuels||Bonnie Lipton||Grace Gardner||2|
|Brooke Shields||Faith Wolper||Dr. Scarlett Lovin||2|
|Riley Schmidt||Rubber Man||Red Devil, Zak, Green Meanie||4|
|John Stamos||Carl Howell||Brice||Brock Holt||3|
|Dijon Talton||Matt Rutherford||Police Officer||2|
|Finn Wittrock||Jeffery Trail||TBA||3|
Ryan Murphy has had some public arguments with famous bands and their members, including Slash from Guns N' Roses, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, and Kings of Leon lead singer, Caleb Followill, and drummer, Nathan Followill. These arguments have stemmed from the musicians declining Murphy when asked to have their music covered on Glee. Speaking to Taylor Hawkins in 2011, Grohl stated, "The Glee guy, what a f---ing jerk. Slash was the first one. He wanted to do Guns ‘n’ Roses and Slash is like, ‘I hate f---ing musicals. It’s worse than Grease.’ Then [Murphy's] like, ‘Well, of course he’d say that, he’s a washed up ol’ rock star, that’s what they f---ing do.’ And then Kings of Leon say, ‘No, we don’t want to be on your show.’ And then he’s like, ‘Snotty little assholes…’ And it’s just like, Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee. Me included.” 
Awards and nominations
Ryan Murphy has won 6 Emmy awards out of 28 nominations as a producer, writer and director.
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