Ryan Murphy (born November 30, 1965) is an American screenwriter, film and television director and producer. He is known for creating television shows, American Horror Story, Feud, Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee and Scream Queens. Some of the televison shows were co-created, directed, written and/or produced with Brad Falchuk (AHS and Nip/Tuck) and Ian Brennan, both with Glee and Scream Queens.
Murphy grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, to an Irish Catholic family. He continues to attend church. Murphy graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.
Murphy is openly gay - he came out to his parents when he was 15 years old.
He announced his engagement to his long-term boyfriend (name later on reveled to be David Miller) in June 2011; they married in between 2011 and 2012, they were credited as married in late 2012 and Murphy was seen wearing a gold ring in the second season of The Glee Project.
The original concept of Glee was inspired by Ian Brennan's own experience as a member of the Prospect High School's show choir. It was supposed to be a film instead of a television series, but Murphy and Falchuk suggested that Glee should be produced as a television show. Therefore, the three joined together and rewrote the script. The rewritten script was sent to FOX, and picked up immediately.
The three decided to write all of the episodes by themselves. Murphy and Falchuk became executive producers and directors of the show, while Brennan became a co-executive producer.
In casting Glee, Murphy sought out actors who could identify with the rush of starring in theatrical roles. Instead of using traditional network casting calls, Murphy spent three months on Broadway, searching singers for Glee. Auditioning actors with no theatrical experience were required to demonstrate their ability to sing and dance.
Murphy also produced and directed multiple films and television shows.
- Pilot †
- Showmance †
- Vitamin D
- The Power of Madonna
- The Rocky Horror Glee Show
- Story by: Ryan Murphy and Tim Wollaston; Teleplay by: Ryan Murphy
- Silly Love Songs
- Original Song
† denotes episodes written with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
- With Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
- With Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
- The Power of Madonna
Ryan has been involved in many shows, as a creator, writer and/or director through the years. He currently is on a contract with mutiple networks including FX and Netflix and has created Emmy nominated TV shows.
- Popular (1999 - 2001) - Creator, Writer, Director and Executive Producer - The WB (Currently known as the CW Network)
- Nip/Tuck (2003 - 2010) - Creator, Director, Writer and Executive Producer - FX
- Glee (2009 - 2015) - Co-Creator (with Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk), Writer, Director and Executive Producer - FOX
- The Glee Project (2011- 2012) - Creator, Judge, Executive Producer - Oxygen
- American Horror Story (2011 - Present) - Co-Creator (With Brad Falchuk), Writer, Director and Executive Producer - FX
- The New Normal (2012 - 2013) - Co-Creator (With Allison Adler), Director, Writer and Executive Producer - NBC
- My Youth High Eight Degrees (2014) - Co-Creator (with Ian and Brad) - Zhejiang Satellite Television
- Scream Queens (2015 - 2016) - Co-Creator (with Ian and Brad), Writer, Director and Executive Producer - FOX
- Ameican Crime Story (2016 - Present) Director and Executive Producer - FX
- Feud (2017) - Creator, Writer, Director and Executive Producer - FX
- 9-1-1 (2018 - Present) - Creator, Writer, Executive Producer - FOX
- Pose (2018- Present) - Creator, Writer, Executive Producer - FX
- The Politician (2019 - Present) Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer - Netflix
- 9-1-1 Lone Star (2020 - Present) - Creator, Writer, Executive Producer - FOX
- Hollywood (2020 - Present) Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer - Netflix
- Ratched (2020) Executive Producer - Netflix
- American Horror Stories (2021) Creator, Writer, Executive Producer - FX
- Running With Scissors (2006) - Director, Writer, Producer
- Eat Pray Love (2010) - Director, Writer
- Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) - Producer
- The Normal Heart (2014) - Writer, Producer
- The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) - Producer
- Circus of Books (2019) - Producer
- A Secret Love (2020) - Producer
- The Boys in the Band (2020) - Producer
- The Prom (2020) - Director, Producer
Other Possible Projects/In Development
- Halston (2021)
- A Chorus Line (TBA)
- St. Sass (2002) - The CW
- Pretty/Handsome (2008) - FX
- Open (2014) - Creator, Show Runner, Writer and Director - HBO
- When he was 5 years old he asked for a subscription to Vogue magazine.
- Ryan's first script was called Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn? which was bought by Steven Spielberg, but it was never made.
- He uses certain lines from his past in what Kurt says or does, an example: he once asked his dad for a pair of 'sensible heels'.
- He has recieved six Emmy awards from 28 nominations.
- His other show American Horror Story has won 96 awards including 4 Emmy's and 2 Golden Globe awards
- He serves on the National Advisory Board of the Young Storytellers Foundation.
- His favorite slushie flavor is 'Cherry Aspic.'
- He adopted the puppy from 'The New Normal' after it's Pilot episode. Source
- On July 30, 2012, Murphy joined Twitter. Here he constantly answers questions from fans and leaks spoilers and pictures of Glee, The New Normal and American Horror Story. Sometimes, he takes fan suggestions.
- He joined YouTube under the username of MrRPMurphyExclusive where deleted scenes and new performances from Glee are released.
- His father worked in the newspaper industry.
- He describes his mother as: "beauty queen who left it all to stay at home and take care of her two sons."
- Ryan Murphy's Professional Highs and Personal Lows October 2015.
- 'Glee': Ryan Murphy announces his engagement June 2011.
- Glee Creator Ryan Murphy Is a Dad! Welcomes Son Logan on Christmas Eve December 2012.
- Ryan Murphy Second Child: Glee Creator Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate With Husband David Miller October 2014]
- Meet Griffin Sullivan! Ryan Murphy and Husband David Miller Welcome Third Son Together August 2020.]