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Ryan Murphy
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Gender: Male
Age: 47
Born: November 30, 1965
Title: Screenwriter
Film and television director and producer
Years Active: 1999 - present

Ryan Murphy (born November 30, 1965) is a 47-year-old American screenwriter, film and television director and producer.

He grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, in an Irish Catholic family. He created Glee along with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Famous television shows besides Glee include, American Horror Story, The New Normal, Nip/Tuck and Popular. Murphy also produced and directed the film 'Eat, Pray, Love'. He has written 23 episodes of Glee.

Ryan Murphy won his first Emmy for directing the Pilot episode of Glee.



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The original idea of Glee was inspired by Ian Brennan's own experience as a member of the Prospect High School's show choir. It 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 by FOX 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.

Episodes Written/Directed

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Other Works

Ryan has been involved in many shows, as a creator, writer or director through the years.


  • Popular (1999 - 2001) - Creator, Show Runner, Writer and Director - The WB
  • Nip/Tuck (2003 - 2010) - Creator, Show Runner, Writer and Director - FX
  • Glee (2009–Present) - Co-Creator (With Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk), Show Runner, Writer and Director - FOX
  • The Glee Project (2011–Present) - Creator and Judge - Oxygen
  • American Horror Story (2011–Present) - Co-Creator (With Brad Falchuk), Show Runner, Writer and Director - FX
  • The New Normal (2012-2013) - Co-Creator (With Allison Adler), Show Runner, Writer and Director - NBC
  • Open (2013) - Creator, Show Runner, Writer and Director - HBO

Failed Pilots

  • The Furies (1999)
  • St. Sass (2002) - The WB
  • Pretty/Handsome (2008) - FX


Other Possible Projects/In Development

  • Dirty Tricks (Development)
  • Face (Development)
  • Need (Development)
  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (Development)
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show (Development) Source 1


  • Murphy is openly gay - he came out to his parents when he was 15 years old.
  • 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'.
  • Murphy grew up in a Catholic household and continues to go to church.
  • He serves on the National Advisory Board of the Young Storytellers Foundation.
  • On June 7, 2011; he announced his engagement to a man he's known for 15 years.
  • It is believed that he has married his partner, judging by the gold ring he now wears, as seen in the second season of The Glee Project.
  • 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.
  • On the 24th of December, 2012, he became a father of a boy with the name, Logan Philineas Miller Murphy.
  • He joined YouTube under the username of MrRPMurphyExclusive where deleted scenes and new performances from Glee  are released.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Ryan Murphy

  • Who to blame?

    23 messages
    • ^Kinda highlights why one of the biggest issues with Glee was the writers' TERRIBLE sense of timing. It seem like to me that they clearly ...
    • HiPoe wrote:^Kinda highlights why one of the biggest issues with Glee was the writers' TERRIBLE sense of timing. It seem like to me that t...
  • Thoughts about this?

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    • I think you shold burn it down. Like, literally. The Glee producers and writers made choices, we may agree or not, but they made them and t...
    • (I'm sorry, i thought you wrote it and were asking if you should send it or not). Still, I stand by what I said

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