Tim Story
Timothy Kevin Story

(1970-03-13) March 13, 1970 (age 51)
Alma materUSC School of Cinematic Arts (1991)[1]
OccupationFilm director
Film writer
Film producer
Years active1997–present
OrganizationThe Story Company

Timothy Kevin Story (born March 13, 1970) is an African American film director, writer, and film producer.[2][3] He is best known for Barbershop (2002), the Fantastic Four (2005) and the Ride Along franchise. He has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Feature Film/Television Movie in 2006 and 2013.

He is the founder of The Story Company, an entertainment production company that he started with his wife in 1996.

Early life

Born in Los Angeles on March 13, 1970, Story attended LA's Westchester High School, with jazz pianist Eric Reed and actresses Regina King and Nia Long. He was senior class president at Westchester High. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1991.[1]

While in high school, Story briefly attempted a career in music. He was part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate and even appeared as a member of the group T.D.F. on the song "T.D.F. Connection" from the 1988 compilation album Rhyme Syndicate Comin' Through.[4] A group member was shot and killed prior to them being signed to Warner Bros. Records.[5] Story later turned his attention to directing feature films.[6]


As director

Year Title Notes
1997 One of Us Tripped Also editor
1999 The Firing Squad Also editor and writer
2002 Barbershop
2004 Taxi
2005 Fantastic Four
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
2009 Hurricane Season
2012 Think Like a Man
2014 Ride Along
Think Like a Man Too
2016 Ride Along 2
2019 Shaft
2021 Tom & Jerry Also executive producer and the voice of Pigeon Announcer
TBA Ride Along 3

Story has directed segments for Kevin Hart's concert films, Laugh at My Pain, Let Me Explain and What Now?.

As producer

Music videos


Collaborator One of Us Tripped
The Firing Squad
Fantastic Four and Rise of the Silver Surfer
Hurricane Season
Think Like a Man
Ride Along
Think Like a Man Too
Ride Along 2
Tom & Jerry
Ice Cube checkY checkY checkY 3
Michael Ealy checkY checkY checkY 3
Laurence Fishburne checkY checkY 2
Regina Hall checkY checkY checkY 3
Kevin Hart checkY checkY checkY checkY 4
Taraji P. Henson checkY checkY checkY 3
Ken Jeong checkY checkY 2
Christopher Lennertz checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY 6
Kevin Mambo checkY checkY 2
Will Packer checkY checkY checkY checkY 4
Eric Reed checkY checkY 2


  1. ^ a b "Notable Alumni". USC School of Cinematic Arts. Archived from the original on August 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Tim Story". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2007. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007.
  3. ^ "The New York Times".
  4. ^ Various Artists - Rhyme Syndicate Comin' Through (LP liner notes). Warner Bros. Records. 25774-1
  5. ^ Story, Tim. "Biography". filmbug.com. Filmbug. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Shaw, Lucas. "Hollywood, Tim Story Will See You Now: Why the 'Think Like a Man' Director Is More Powerful Than Ever". thewrap.com. The Wrap. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tim Story to Direct Corduroy Movie". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  8. ^ ""He Can't Love U" by Jagged Edge | Music Video | VH1.com". VH1. Viacom International. April 29, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
Films directed by Tim Story