TIM STORY (Directed by) was born on March 13,
1970, in Los Angeles. Story
began directing at the age of
12, making silent films with
an 8mm camera he inherited
from his older brother. His
career aspirations expanded
when he began producing
talent shows at Westchester
High School in Los Angeles,
enjoying his education along
with classmates such as jazz pianist Eric Reed and
actresses Regina King and Nia Long, where he was
voted student body president his senior year.
While in high school, Story briefly flirted with
the music industry as a rapper, performing with Ice-
T's Rhyme Syndicate. However, just before signing a
record deal with Warner Bros. Records, Story chose to
no longer pursue performing, after learning that a close
friend, and fellow performer, had been fatally shot.
Story continued his filmmaking career path at the
University of Southern California (USC). He honed
his storytelling skills at USC's prestigious film school,
while his twin sister, Tamryn, became a star on USC's
women's basketball team.
After leaving USC, Story again indulged his
musical instincts, this time by directing music videos.
His cinematic style was showcased in music genres
from R&B to pop. The artists he worked with during
the 1990s and early 2000s included Jon B, 'N Sync,
K-Ci & JoJo, R. Kelly, Tyrese and India Irie.
During this period, Story and his wife founded The
Story Company, an entertainment production company.
Just to keep busy, he produced, wrote, edited and
directed two feature length films, which he financed
himself. The two independent feature films to his
credit are One of Us Tripped (1996 winner of the Black
Filmmaker's Hall of Fame Feature Film Festival) and
1998's The Firing Squad.
Story made his motion-picture studio directorial
debut in 2002 with the smash-hit comedy Barbershop,
which starred Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony
Anderson and Eve. The film garnered an NAACP Image
Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture.
Story followed that success in 2004 with the
action-comedy Taxi, which starred Queen Latifah,
Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Esposito. Immediately after
its release, Story went to work on the epic adventure
Fantastic Four, for 20th Century Fox. The movie, which
starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and
Michael Chiklis, premiered in 2005 and was based on
the celebrated Marvel comic. The film went on to earn
more than $330 million worldwide. Story also helmed
the 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver
Surfer, which brought in more than $289 million.
Story continues to show his versatility. He executive
produced the FOX series Standoff (2006) and the urban
comedy First Sunday (2008). Story was excited to direct
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker in Hurricane
Season (2009), the true story of a high school basketball
coach and the team of displaced students that he led to
the New Orleans state basketball championship in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2012, Story directed another smash hit, the Sony/
Screen Gems romantic ensemble comedy Think Like
a Man, which starred Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson,
Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Regina
Hall, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good and Terrence J. Story
is currently putting the finishing touches on the sequel,
Think Like a Man Too.
Story lives in Los Angeles with his wife and
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