Ruben Samuel Fleischer
October 31, 1974
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, television producer, music video director, commercial director|
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.
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. His brother, Lucas, works in new media. His father was born to a Jewish family, while his mother converted to Judaism. Fleischer was raised in Reform Judaism.
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.
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. 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.
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. He next directed Venom, a film about Marvel Comics character Eddie Brock, starring Tom Hardy; it was released on October 5, 2018.
In 2019, he directed Zombieland: Double Tap, reuniting the four original leads. In February 2020, he was hired to direct Uncharted, based on the video game series of the same name.
|2011||30 Minutes or Less||Yes||No|
|2014||Two Night Stand||No||Yes|
|2019||Zombieland: Double Tap||Yes||Executive|
|Venom: Let There Be Carnage||No||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|
|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|
|2001||The Girls Guitar Club||Yes||Yes|
|2005||Gumball 3000: 6 Days in May||Yes||Yes|
|"Fix Up, Look Sharp"||Dizzee Rascal|
|"Stand Up Tall"|
|"Pro Nails"||Kid Sister|
|"I Came From SF"||Gold Chains|
|"Dance Commander"||Electric Six|
|"Vicious Battle Raps"||DJ Format|
|"We Know Something You Don't"|
|"The Hit Song"|
|"Dirty Girl"||Bobby Light|
|"Wash in the Rain"||The Bees|
|"Here She Comes Again"||The Stands|
|"I Believe in You"||Amp Fiddler|
|"Time Bomb"||The Dismemberment Plan|
|"Just a Simple Plan"||Piebald|
|"French Jacuzzi Dub"||Explosion Robinson|
|"Come On to Me"||Major Lazer featuring Sean Paul|
|"Ladies Man"||Boost Mobile|
|"Up Late with The King"||Burger King|
|"Nose"||Cinnamon Toast Crunch|
|"Believe It or Not"||G4|
|"Har Mar Superstar"||Vladivar|
|"A Way In"||Vogue|
Like many directors, Fleischer has worked with certain actors on two or more of his films:
|30 Minutes or Less
|Zombieland: Double Tap