Singer's third feature film was 1998's dramatic thriller Apt Pupil, which starred Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Bruce Davison and David Schwimmer. The film tells the story of a sixteen year-old high school student (Renfro) who discovers that a Nazi war criminal (McKellen) has been quietly living in his hometown. Apt Pupil was well-received and garnered several awards and nominations for its actors and filmmakers.
Singer's lifelong fascination with the art of cinema became a reality in his early teens when he began shooting 8mm films. After attending the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York, he moved to Los Angeles where he began undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California. It was during this period that his ambition to become a filmmaker intensified.
After graduating from USC, he wrote and directed Lion's Den, an award-winning 25-minute film chronicling the lives of five high school friends who reunite after graduation. Singer called upon his childhood friend Ethan Hawke to star in the 16mm, $15,000 project. Lion's Den opened the doors to Singer's co-writing, producing and directing Public Access, his first full-length film project, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.
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|Occupation||Director, Producer, Writer|
|Birthday||September 17, 1965 (53)|
|Birthplace||New York, New York, USA|
|Height||5' 11" (1m80) How tall is Bryan Singer compared to you?|
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