A brief biography on American screenwriter, producer and director, Ryan Murphy. From his net worth to his latest TV show, facts to know on the successful man.
Ryan Murphy: The Early Years
Ryan Murphy was born on November 30th, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was raised in an Irish Catholic family. Murphy was born to a father who worked in the newspaper industry as a circulation director and his mother, J. Andy Murphy that Ryan Murphy has described as a “beauty queen who left it all to stay at home and take care of her two sons”. J. Andy Murphy wrote five books and worked in communications for over 20 years before retiring. It would be safe to assume that Ryan Murphy got a lot of his talent from his mother and obviously followed in her footsteps as a writer, screenwriter and creator. Murphy saw his first therapist, after coming out as gay, the therapist found nothing wrong with Murphy other than him being “too precocious for his own good.” Murphy attended Indiana University Bloomington, where Murphy majored in journalism and started working as a paid writer for publications such as The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Knoxville News Sentinel and Entertainment Weekly. He began life as a screenwriter in the late 1990s, when legendary director Steven Spielberg purchased his script, “Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn?”
Ryan Murphy: The Most Prolific Man In TV Show History
Ryan Murphy has quickly become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Murphy started with the TV Show Popular in 2001, which ran for two seasons and Murphy followed that up with the creation of the FX drama series Nip/Tuck. Nip/Tuck premiered on July 18, 2003 and in 2004, Murphy earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Nip/Tuck went on for 6 seasons and ended in 2010. This was only the beginning for Ryan Murphy; as a screenwriter, director and producer, Murphy would go on to create one massive TV Show hit after another. Murphy’s musical comedy-drama series, Glee, premiered on Fox in May of 2009 and Murphy won his first Primetime Emmy Award as the director of the pilot episode.
Murphy next created what he is most known for, as far as ratings and awards as concerned. In 2011, Murphy created the anthology series American Horror Story, which premiered on FX on October 5, 2011. Most of the same cast has played different characters in a different setting each subsequent season, which continues to run today and is still extremely relevant and popular. Next for Murphy was the comedy-horror semi-anthology series Scream Queens, which premiered on Fox in September of 2015. Scream Queens only lasted 2 seasons, but Murphy did not miss a beat and created American Crime Story, which focused on the trial of O.J Simpson. The second installment of American Crime Story is focused on The Assassination Of Gianni Versace. American Horror Story is the gift that keeps giving and it seems as though American Crime Story will do just the same for Murphy and his usual suspects, almost every one of his main actors and actresses have won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for their work on American Horror Story and American Crime Story.
Ryan Murphy: Net Worth & More
Murphy has also had a hand in movies as well, directing Eat Pray Love and The Normal Heart. Murphy was tapped to direct Eat Pray Love from the super successful book of the same name because of his great success with his TV show work. The Normal Heart is a television film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Broadway play of the same name and stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Alec Baldwin, amongst others. All of this success has not slowed him down one bit and the newest installment of American Crime Story, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace looks to be a smash hit, the same as the first season, featuring the O.J Simpson Trial.
Ryan Murphy has amassed a net worth of $20 million dollars and with new projects just around the corner, his net worth will only continue to grow. Murphy married photographer David Miller in July of 2012. Murphy and Miller welcomed their first child, a son named Logan Phineas, via a surrogate on Christmas Eve of 2012. The couple welcomed their second son, Ford in October of 2014.
Murphy is a prominent figure in charity work, philanthropy and the LGBT community. Murphy received the Award of Inspiration from the Foundation for AIDS Research for his contributions to TV and film as well as his work in the fight against AIDS in 2015. Murphy also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Young Storytellers Foundation. Ryan Murphy is one of the great storytellers and creators of our time and something like net worth means very little to him compared to telling great stories, whether as a screenwriter, director, producer or creator of some of the most intriguing and provocative shows in television. Ryan Murphy has many projects in development, including Dirty Tricks, a political comedy, and a sequel to The Normal Heart. All fans of great storytelling will be waiting to see what he does next.