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Ryan Kyle Coogler (born May 23, 1986) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is a recipient of four
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, four
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, a
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nomination and an
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nomination for Best Picture. He made his feature-length debut with the independent film ''
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'' (2013), which won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the
2013 Sundance Film Festival The 2013 Sundance Film Festival took place from January 17, 2013, until January 27, 2013, in Park City, Utah, United States, with screenings in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ogden, Utah, and Sundance Resort, Sundance, Utah. The festival had 1,830 volunt ...
. It also won at the
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, for Best First Film. He has since co-written and directed films such as the ''Rocky'' series spinoff, ''
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'' (2015), and the Marvel film ''
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'' (2018), the latter of which broke numerous box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time by an African American director. Coogler also co-wrote and directed its sequel '' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'' (2022). Coogler's films have received widespread acclaim and commercial success. His work has been hailed by critics for centering on often overlooked cultures and characters—most notably African Americans. He frequently collaborates with actor Michael B. Jordan, who appeared in all four feature films directed by Coogler, as well as composer Ludwig Göransson, who has scored all of his films. In 2013, he was included on ''
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'''s list of the 30 people under 30 who are changing the world. In 2018, Coogler was named the runner-up of '' Time's'' Person of the Year and he was included in the annual ''Time'' 100 list of the most influential people in the world''.'' In 2021, Coogler, his wife, Zinzi Coogler, and Sev Ohanian founded multimedia company Proximity Media to create event-driven content across various platforms.


Early life

Coogler was born on May 23, 1986, in
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. His mother, Joselyn (née Thomas), is a
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, and his father, Ira Coogler, is a juvenile hall
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counselor. Both parents graduated from California State University, Hayward. He has two brothers, Noah and Keenan.Filmmaker avoids tragic life plotline
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His uncle, Clarence Thomas, is a third-generation Oakland
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, and the former secretary treasurer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Coogler lived in Oakland until age eight, when the family moved to
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. During his youth, he ran track and played
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. He went to a
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Catholic high school, Saint Mary's College High School in
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, and did well in math and science. Coogler attended
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in
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on a football scholarship as a
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wide receiver his college freshman semester, intending to major in
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. The football players were encouraged to take a
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course. Coogler's teacher praised his work, noting that it was very visual, and encouraged him to learn
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. As a student athlete coming up in the
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, Coogler befriended and often played against NFL
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. After Saint Mary's canceled its football program in March 2004, Coogler transferred and earned a scholarship to Sacramento State, where he grabbed 112 receptions for 1,213 yards and 6
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s during his four years playing football. At Sacramento, he obtained a bachelor's degree in
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and also took as many film classes as he could fit in with the rigors of college football. Following graduation, he was accepted into the highly competitive three-year master's program at the
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, where he made a series of
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s.


Career


2000s: Early career

While at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Coogler directed four short films, three of which won or were nominated for various awards. ''Locks'' (2009)
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at the
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and won the Dana and
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Award for Filmmaking Excellence. ''Fig'' (2011), written by Alex George Pickering, won the
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Short Film Competition at the
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, the DGA Student Film Award, and was nominated for Outstanding Independent Short Film at the
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. ''Gap'' (2011), written by Carol S. Lashof, won the
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Award for Achievement in Directing.


2013: Breakthrough

In 2013, Coogler wrote and directed his first feature-length film, ''
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'' (originally titled ''Fruitvale''), which told the story of the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (played by Michael B. Jordan), who was shot to death by a police officer at Oakland's Fruitvale
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station on January 1, 2009. Produced by
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-winning actor
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, the film
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d at the
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, where it won the top Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize in the dramatic competition and was released in theatres on July 20, 2013. Made on a budget of $900,000, the film grossed over $17 million worldwide after its theatrical run.
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of ''
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'' called the film "a gut punch of a movie" and "an unstoppable cinematic force".
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of ''
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'' wrote that Coogler's "hand-held shooting style evokes the spiritually alert naturalism of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne". Todd McCarthy of ''
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'' called it "a compelling debut" and "a powerful dramatic feature film". On
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, the film received a score of 94% based on 195 reviews, with a critical consensus that reads: "Passionate and powerfully acted, ''Fruitvale Station'' serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan." The film appeared on several
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' top ten lists of the best films of 2013.


2015: ''Creed'', Expansion into blockbusters

In 2015, Coogler released his second film, ''
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'', a spin-off of the ''Rocky'' films, which Coogler directed and co-wrote with Aaron Covington. The film starred Michael B. Jordan as
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's son Donnie, who is trained and mentored by his father's old friend and former rival
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, played by
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. It received critical acclaim from critics and audiences and grossed over $173 million worldwide. Among its accolades, Stallone won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, and was nominated for the
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.


2018: ''Black Panther'', established career

In 2018, Coogler co-wrote and directed the Marvel film ''
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,'' making him the first black
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director. The film starred
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as the titular character, who is crowned king of
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following his father's death, but is challenged by his cousin, Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan), who plans to abandon the country's isolationist policies and begin a global revolution. Upon release, the film grossed $1.3 billion worldwide and broke numerous box office records, becoming the highest-grossing film directed by a Black filmmaker, the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time and the second-highest-grossing film of 2018. ''Black Panther'' was also a critical success. Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus reads, "''Black Panther'' elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories—and introducing some of its most fully realized characters." The film was also noted for its representation of
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and subject matter related to
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. The film was nominated for seven awards at the
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, winning three, and received numerous other accolades. ''Black Panther'' is the first superhero film to receive an
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nomination for Best Picture, and the first MCU film to win several categories (those being for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Score).


2020s: Continued success

In 2021, Coogler served as a co-producer alongside Charles D. King and Shaka King on the
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biopic '' Judas and the Black Messiah'', directed by Shaka King, which focused on the betrayal of Hampton (played by
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), chairman of the Illinois chapter of the
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in late-1960s Chicago, by William O'Neal (played by LaKeith Stanfield). The film received critical acclaim and earned Coogler, Shaka King and Charles D. King an
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nomination for Best Picture, the first for an all-black producing team. ''Judas and the Black Messiah'' earned five other Oscar nominations at the
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, including Best Supporting Actor for both
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and LaKeith Stanfield, and won Best Supporting Actor for Kaluuya and Best Original Song (" Fight for You"). For his performance as Hampton, Kaluuya also won Best Supporting Actor at the
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, Critics' Choice Awards,
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, and
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. That same year, Coogler served as co-producer on the ''
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'' sequel '' Space Jam: A New Legacy'', starring
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. The film received generally mixed-to-negative reviews and was a financial failure, grossing $163.7 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million. Coogler served as co-writer and director on the ''Black Panther'' sequel, '' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'', which was released in the United States on November 11, 2022.


Other works and future projects

Coogler served as an executive producer on the
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''
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'' film ''The Day the Series Stopped'', about Game Three of the
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between the
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and the
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, when an earthquake shook the Bay Area to its core. In January 2013, Coogler said he was working on a
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and young adult novel about an undisclosed subject matter. Coogler will work with Jordan for a fourth time in the upcoming film ''Wrong Answer'', based on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. Coogler served as an executive producer on ''
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'', and has written the story outline for the upcoming ''
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''. In February 2021, Coogler's production company Proximity Media signed an exclusive five-year deal with
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to produce content for them, which includes a
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television series based in Black Panther's home country of
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. Proximity will also co-produce the Marvel series '' Ironheart'' for the streaming service; star Dominique Thorne will debut as the titular character in ''Wakanda Forever''. More recently, former
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executive Kalia Booker had joined the television arm of Proximity Media.


Personal life

Coogler has worked since age 21 as a counselor with incarcerated youth at
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's Juvenile Hall, following in the footsteps of his father, who has long shared the same occupation. Coogler is also a founding member and supporter of the Blackout For Human Rights campaign, which is committed to addressing racial and human rights violations happening throughout the United States. Coogler married Zinzi Evans in 2016, with whom he has two children. In January 2022, Coogler was wrongly targeted as a bank robber and detained by the police in
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, after he tried to withdraw cash in the local branch of the
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. Once his identity was verified with both his California state ID card and his Bank of America card, Coogler was released and the bank issued an apology statement. According to a number of sources, the bank's employee did not check Coogler's ID to verify if he was the owner of the bank account.


Filmography


Short films


Feature films

Producer * '' Judas and the Black Messiah'' (2021) * '' Space Jam: A New Legacy'' (2021) * ''
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'' (2023) Executive producer * ''
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'' (2018) * ''
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'' (2021)


Television


Other credits


Awards and nominations


References


External links

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