Ruben Fleischer
Fleischer at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Ruben Samuel Fleischer[1]

(1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 47)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, television producer, music video director, commercial director
Years active2000–present
Holly Shakoor
(m. 2012)

Ruben Samuel Fleischer (born October 31, 1974) is an American film director, film producer, television producer, music video director, and commercial director who lives in Los Angeles. He is best known as the director of Zombieland (2009), his first feature film, and its sequel Zombieland: Double Tap (2019). He has also directed the films 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad, and 2018's Venom featuring the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Prior to features, he directed television commercials for such brands as Cisco, Eurostar, ESPN, and Burger King, and music videos for such artists as M.I.A., Electric Six, DJ Format and Gold Chains.

Life and career

Fleischer was born and raised in Washington, D.C, the son of Karen Lee (née Samuel) and David Elliot Fleischer, who is a physician at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and and a professor of medicine.[1][3] His brother, Lucas, works in new media.[4] His father was born to a Jewish family, while his mother converted to Judaism. Fleischer was raised in Reform Judaism.[5]

After graduating with a major in history from Wesleyan University, Fleischer moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a freelance HTML programmer, unsure what he wanted to do with his life.[6][7][8]

Taking the advice of close friend Mike White (also a Wesleyan graduate), Fleischer worked as a PA in the writers' office of Dawson's Creek.[3] He eventually turned to directing and worked his way through the industry, tackling music videos and television commercials before landing his first feature film, Zombieland, in 2009. His second feature, 30 Minutes or Less, opened in theaters on August 12, 2011.[9]

Fleischer directed Gangster Squad, a 2013 action thriller film, based on the special tactical group created by the LAPD to combat the Los Angeles crime family.[10] He next directed Venom, a film about Marvel Comics character Eddie Brock, starring Tom Hardy; it was released on October 5, 2018.[11]

In 2019, he directed Zombieland: Double Tap, reuniting the four original leads.[12] In February 2020, he was hired to direct Uncharted, based on the video game series of the same name.[13]


Feature films

Year Title Director Producer
2009 Zombieland Yes No
2011 30 Minutes or Less Yes No
2013 Gangster Squad Yes Executive
2014 Two Night Stand No Yes
2017 Unicorn Store No Yes
2018 Venom Yes No
The Mule No Executive
2019 Zombieland: Double Tap Yes Executive
2021 Bad Trip[14] No Yes
Venom: Let There Be Carnage No Executive
2022 Uncharted Yes Executive


Year Title Director Executive
2003–2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Yes No 3 episodes
2006–2007 Rob & Big No Yes
2008 Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Yes No 2 episodes
2009–2015 Fantasy Factory No Yes
2010 Funny or Die Presents Yes No 4 episodes
2015 Marry Me Yes No Episode "F Me"
2015–2021 Superstore Yes Yes Directed 7 episodes
2016 American Housewife Yes Yes Directed episode "Pilot"
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Yes Yes Directed 2 episodes
2017–2021 The Bold Type No Yes
2019–2020 Stumptown Yes Yes Directed 1 episode
TBA The White House Plumbers No Yes

Short films

Year Title Director Producer
2001 The Girls Guitar Club Yes Yes
2005 Gumball 3000: 6 Days in May Yes Yes

Music videos

Title Artist
"Galang" M.I.A.
"Fix Up, Look Sharp" Dizzee Rascal
"Stand Up Tall"
"Pro Nails" Kid Sister
"I Came From SF" Gold Chains
"Cali Nights"
"The Game"
"Dance Commander" Electric Six
"Vicious Battle Raps" DJ Format
"We Know Something You Don't"
"The Hit Song"
"Mocito" Pigeon Funk
"Pies" Wiley
"Dirty Girl" Bobby Light
"Wash in the Rain" The Bees
"Here She Comes Again" The Stands
"I Believe in You" Amp Fiddler
"Stadtkind" Ellen Allien
"Time Bomb" The Dismemberment Plan
"Just a Simple Plan" Piebald
"French Jacuzzi Dub" Explosion Robinson
"Come On to Me" Major Lazer featuring Sean Paul


Title Brand
"Ladies Man" Boost Mobile
"Good Inside" McDonald's
"After Party"
"Revision 43A" Cisco
"Jack 245"
"Call Jimmy"
"Up Late with The King" Burger King
"Circles" Eurostar
"Quiet" ESPN
"The Drop" Courir
"Nose" Cinnamon Toast Crunch
"Infomercial" Borat soundtrack
"Believe It or Not" G4
"Asai Kenichi" Levi's
"Hiroshi Fujiwara"
"Cops" Ribena
"Down Home" KFC
"Har Mar Superstar" Vladivar
"A Way In" Vogue


Like many directors, Fleischer has worked with certain actors on two or more of his films:

Actor Zombieland
30 Minutes or Less
Gangster Squad
Zombieland: Double Tap
Abigail Breslin checkY checkY 2
Jesse Eisenberg checkY checkY checkY 3
Woody Harrelson checkY checkY checkY 3
Bill Murray checkY checkY 2
Michael Peña checkY checkY 2
Emma Stone checkY checkY checkY 3
Chung Chung-hoon checkY checkY 2


  1. ^ a b "Jennings, Hughes, Wilkes, Webber, Aldridge U.K.:Information about Ruben Samuel Fleischer". 1996-08-15. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  2. ^ "Emma Stone officiates a wedding – just like these other celebrities". 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
  3. ^ a b Bloomer, Jeffrey (October 2, 2009). "Getting to Know... Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer". Paste Magazine.
  4. ^ Hornaday, Ann (October 17, 2009). "With 'Zombieland,' D.C. Native Ruben Fleischer Turns His Directorial Debut Into a Hit". Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  5. ^ "Gangster Squad's Comedy Nerd – The Arty Semite –". Retrieved 2013-01-11.
  6. ^ Ann Hornaday (October 17, 2009). "Don of the Dead". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ Ruben Fleischer’s ‘Gangster Squad’, New York Times. By Michael Cieply. Published: January 4, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Steve Weintraub (July 9, 2009). "Director Ruben Fleischer Interview ZOMBIELAND". Collider Magazine.
  9. ^ Germain Lussier (April 22, 2011). "'30 Minutes Or Less' Teaser Posters". Slashfilm.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff; Kroll, Justin (July 26, 2011). "Emma Stone rounds up 'Gangster Squad'". Variety. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 10, 2016). "Tom Hardy to Star in 'Spider-Man' Movie 'Venom,' Ruben Fleischer to Direct". Variety.
  12. ^ Michael Kennedy (March 23, 2017). "Zombieland 2 Writers Reveal Script is Completed". Screen Rant. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 2, 2020). "Antonio Banderas Joins Tom Holland in 'Uncharted' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on March 2, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (January 29, 2019). "Eric Andre-Lil Rel Howery's Prank Comedy 'Bad Trip' to Release in October". Variety. Retrieved May 23, 2019.