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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 three children.

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