Born in Wisconsin in 1965, John Ridley started out his career in television. He wrote for such shows as Martin and The John Larroquette Show in the 1990s. In 1997, Ridley published his first novel Stray Dogs. He also made his directorial debut with Cold Around the Heart, which he also wrote. Ridley went on to work on such shows as Barbershop and such films as Undercover Brother. For his screenplay for 12 Years a Slave (2013), he won the 2014 Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
Early Life and Career
Born in Wisconsin in 1965, John Ridley is a leading African American writer, director and producer. He has written and produced for both television and film. Ridley started out on the small screen, writing for the sitcom Martin starring Martin Lawrence in the early 1990s. He soon moved on to The John Larroquette Show, working as a writer and a producer.
Switching to more dramatic fare, Ridley made his directorial debut with the crime thriller Cold Around the Heart (1997). He also wrote the screenplay for the film, which stars David Caruso and Kelly Lynch. That same year, Ridley published his first novel Stray Dogs. The book became a film by Oliver Stone called U Turn (1997).
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