Ryan Murphy | Executive Producer & Director | American Crime Story on FX

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Ryan Murphy

Executive Producer/Director

Ryan Murphy is the Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® winning creator, writer, and director of the Emmy-winning original miniseries American Horror Story, the Screen Actors Guild, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning FOX series smash hit Glee and the Golden Globe Award-winning original drama series Nip/Tuck. Murphy currently serves as creator, writer, director and executive producer on Scream Queens, an original new anthology centered around a college campus rocked by a series of murders. In addition, Murphy’s FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel returned to television as the series’ fifth installment in October 2015 to stellar ratings.

In 2014, Murphy’s HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s award-winning play The Normal Heart was nominated for sixteen Emmy nominations, including a win for Outstanding Television Movie. The film was also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards including a win for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie (Matt Bomer) and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including a win for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Mark Ruffalo).

In 2015 Murphy’s ground-breaking show American Horror Story: Freak Show was nominated for a staggering 19 Emmys including Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special and received five wins. The third installment titled American Horror Story: Coven was nominated for an additional 17 Emmys and received two wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Jessica Lange) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Kathy Bates). Additionally, American Horror Story: Asylum was nominated for 17 Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and received two wins.

Murphy began his career as a journalist writing for publications such as The Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News and Entertainment Weekly. His screenwriting career began in the late 1990’s when Steven Spielberg purchased his romantic comedy Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn? Murphy’s next effort was The WB’s Popular, an award-winning black comedy/satire which he created and produced with his fellow Nip/Tuck executive producers Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin.

Murphy’s Nip/Tuck premiered on the FX Network in 2003 and became one of the network’s most popular and well-known series. Nip/Tuck was recognized as one of the American Film Institute’s 10 Best Television Shows of 2003 and 2004 and was the only first-year drama series in 2004 to earn a Golden Globe Award for Best Dramatic TV Series. In 2004 Murphy earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

In 2006 Murphy expanded to the big screen by writing, directing and producing his adaptation of the best-selling book Running with Scissors starring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow. Murphy also directed Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, the critical and commercial hit based on an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir.