Rian Johnson


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Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age his family moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film, Brick (2005), was released in 2005 and was the metaphorical building block that ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 34 wins & 68 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Knives Out Director
(2019)
Looper Director
(2012)
Brick Director
(2005)

Filmography

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 2019 Knives Out
 2018 LCD Soundsystem: Oh Baby (Video short)
 2010-2013 Breaking Bad (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Ozymandias (2013)
- Fifty-One (2012)
- Fly (2010)
 2012 Looper
 2010 Terriers (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Manifest Destiny (2010)
 2005 Brick
 1990 Ninja Ko (Video short)
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Show Show Actor (2 credits)
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Other Works:

Directed the music video "Woke Up New" for The Mountain Goats (2006).

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Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Personal Quote:

I bristle a little when the argument for film gets put into the nostalgia ghetto. Film is still the highest quality and best-looking image capture medium available. I don't think it always will be. The digital image will get better, and it will eventually surpass the quality of the film image, but it isn't there yet. See more »

Trivia:

Cousin of film composer Nathan Johnson. See more »

Trademark:

Use of shadows and darkness. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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