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Tim Story
Timothy Kevin Story

Alma materUSC School of Cinematic Arts (1991)[1]
Years active1997–present
OrganizationThe Story Company
Vicky Story
(m. 2003)

Timothy Kevin Story is an American film director.[2][3] He is best known for Barbershop (2002), Fantastic Four (2005), and the Ride Along franchise. He has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Feature Film/Television Movie in 2006 and 2013.

He is the founder of The Story Company, an entertainment production company that he started with his future wife in 1996, and is the first African-American director with movies that grossed over $1 billion at the box office.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Los Angeles on March 13, 1970, Story attended LA's Westchester High School, with jazz pianist Eric Reed and actresses Regina King and Nia Long. He was senior class president at Westchester High. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1991.[1]

While in high school, Story briefly attempted a career in music. He was part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate and even appeared as a member of the group T.D.F. on the song "T.D.F. Connection" from the 1988 compilation album Rhyme Syndicate Comin' Through.[5] A group member was shot and killed prior to them being signed to Warner Bros. Records.[6] Story later turned his attention to directing feature films.[7] Fantastic Four became at the time the highest-grossing superhero movie by an African-American director.



Year Title Director Producer Notes
1997 One of Us Tripped Yes No Also editor
1999 The Firing Squad Yes No Also editor and writer
2002 Barbershop Yes No
2004 Taxi Yes No
2005 Fantastic Four Yes No
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Yes No
2009 Hurricane Season Yes No
2012 Think Like a Man Yes No
2014 Ride Along Yes No
Think Like a Man Too Yes No
2016 Ride Along 2 Yes No
2019 Shaft Yes Executive
2021 Tom & Jerry Yes Executive Voice of Pigeon Announcer
2022 The Blackening Yes Yes
2023 Praise This No Yes
Dashing Through the Snow Yes No
2025 The Pickup Yes Yes

Stand-up film


Year Title Director Executive
2006 Standoff Yes Yes Directed episodes "Pilot" and "Borderline"
2010 CSI: Miami Yes No Episode "On the Hook"
2011 Supah Ninjas Yes No Episode "Limelight"
2017 Scorpion Yes No Episode "Sharknerdo"
White Famous Yes Yes Directed episodes "Pilot", "Heat", "Woo", and "Zero F**ks Given"
2018 Prince of Peoria No Yes
2020 #blackAF No No As himself in Episode 5, "yo, between you and me... this is because of slavery"
2021 Queens Yes Yes Directed episodes "1999" and "Heart Of Queens"

Music videos[edit]


Collaborator One of Us Tripped
The Firing Squad
Fantastic Four and Rise of the Silver Surfer
Hurricane Season
Think Like a Man
Ride Along
Think Like a Man Too
Ride Along 2
Tom & Jerry
Ice Cube checkY checkY checkY 3
Michael Ealy checkY checkY checkY 3
Laurence Fishburne checkY checkY 2
Regina Hall checkY checkY checkY 3
Kevin Hart checkY checkY checkY checkY 4
Taraji P. Henson checkY checkY checkY 3
Ken Jeong checkY checkY 2
Christopher Lennertz checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY 6
Kevin Mambo checkY checkY 2
Will Packer checkY checkY checkY checkY 4
Eric Reed checkY checkY 2


  1. ^ a b "Notable Alumni". USC School of Cinematic Arts. Archived from the original on August 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Tim Story". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2007. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007.
  3. ^ Diamond, Jamie (July 3, 2005). "The New York Times".
  4. ^ "Tim Story - Film".
  5. ^ Various Artists - Rhyme Syndicate Comin' Through (LP liner notes). Warner Bros. Records. 25774-1
  6. ^ Story, Tim. "Biography". filmbug.com. Filmbug. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Shaw, Lucas (June 19, 2014). "Hollywood, Tim Story Will See You Now: Why the 'Think Like a Man' Director Is More Powerful Than Ever". thewrap.com. The Wrap. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  8. ^ ""He Can't Love U" by Jagged Edge | Music Video | VH1.com". VH1. Viacom International. April 29, 2008. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Abraham, Mya (October 1, 2021). "Brandy, Eve, Naturi Naughton, And Nadine Velazquez Drop "Nasty Girl" Single, Ahead of Queens Premiere". Vibe. Retrieved October 4, 2021.

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