Guy Ritchie Biography
Sun Sign: Virgo
Also Known As: Guy Stuart Ritchie
Born Country: England
Born in: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Famous as: Filmmaker & Businessman
Spouse/Ex-: Jacqui Ainsley (2010-present), Madonna (m.2000–2008)
father: Captain John Vivian Ritchie (b. 1928)
mother: Amber Ritchie (née Parkinson)
siblings: Kevin Bayton, Tabitha Ritchie
Diseases & Disabilities: Dyslexia
City: Hertfordshire, England
education: Sibford School, Stanbridge Earls School
Guy Ritchie is a British film director, writer, producer, and businessman. Known for his trademark crime thrillers and suspense films, Guy Ritchie made it big in the entertainment world by directing films, such as ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ and ‘Snatch.’ Interestingly, this multi-talented film personality never went to a film school nor did he have any experience in filmmaking prior to his first film; he simply set his foot in showbiz and managed to make a name for himself! This genius created a success formula for his films and delivered profitable films in the crime thriller genre. Born in an upper class family in England, Ritchie enjoyed a privileged upbringing. Nevertheless, most of his films revolve around blue-collar hooligans and other lower class misfits. He began his career by directing a few music videos and commercials, post which he directed the 20-minute short film ‘The Hard Case,’ which would serve as a prelude to his first feature film ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.’ With an estimated net worth of $160 million, Ritchie made it to the list of ‘A List’ directors in double quick time
- Guy Stuart Ritchie was born on 10 September 1968, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, to former British Army personnel and advertising executive Captain John Vivian Ritchie and Amber Parkinson.
- He attended ‘Stanbridge Earls School’ in Romsey, Hampshire. It is a specialized school for students with dyslexia from where he was expelled. He later attended ‘Sibford School’ in Oxfordshire.
- In 1995, he wrote and directed a 20-minute film titled ‘The Hard Case.’ It was his debut venture and the film had British Nigerian actor Wale Ojo playing the role of a gambler.
- In 1998, he directed his first full length feature film titled ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,’ which was a crime comedy. The film did well commercially and critically, and received a ‘British Academy Film Award’ nomination.
- In 2000, he wrote and directed the comedy-crime film ‘Snatch,’ which featured an ensemble cast. The film was critically acclaimed and achieved success at the box office.
- In 2001, he was the executive producer of a British comedy-drama film titled ‘Mean Machine.’ The film was directed by Barry Skolnick and received negative reviews.
- In 2002, he directed a rom-com titled ‘Swept Away,’ which was a remake of Lina Wertmüller’s film of the same name. Much like ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,’ this film too had a complex storyline with characters moving in and out of each other’s lives.
- In 2005, he directed and co-wrote the screenplay for the film ‘Revolver.’ A heist film, it was not well received by film critics because of its convoluted plot.
- In 2008, he directed the British crime film ‘RocknRolla,’ which was successful at the box office. It is speculated that the movie would be developed into a trilogy, as stated in the closing lines of ‘RocknRolla.’ The sequel is expected to be titled ‘The Real Rocknrolla.’
- In 2009, he directed the action mystery British-American film ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ The film was based on the legendary character from the famous detective series ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film gained immense commercial success and went on to become the director’s most successful film.
- In 2011, he came up with ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,’ a sequel to his previous film ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ The film received huge success at the box office, grossing over $545 million. However, some of the critics panned the flick.
- Ritchie directed, produced, and co-wrote the 2015 spy film ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’ which is based on the 1964 TV series of the same name. Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander in important roles, the movie was a commercial and critical success.
- Inspired by the Arthurian legends, he directed the epic fantasy adventure movie ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.’ The film received mixed reviews and failed to perform well at the box-office. He played a cameo role in the movie.
- In 2019, Ritchie directed and co-wrote the screenplay of the musical fantasy film ‘Aladdin’ which starred Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott in the lead. It is the live action adaptation of the 1992 ‘Disney’ animated film of the same name. It was a great critical success and a box-office hit, grossing over $1 billion.
- His 2008 film ‘RocknRolla’ was a massive box office hit. It reached the number one position on the UK box office chart within the first week of its release. The film earned a whopping $25,739,015.
- His film ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is one of his biggest box office successes as it earned an enormous $542,000,000 worldwide. It was the eighth highest-grossing film of 2009.
- The 2019 musical fantasy film ‘Aladdin’ became the highest-grossing film in Richie’s career, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide. It topped the UK box-office chart for four weeks, longer than any other film in 2019.
- n 1998, he won the ‘Best Director Award’ for his film ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ at the ‘Tokyo International Film Festival.’
- In 2001, he was honored with the ‘Empire Award’ under the ‘Best British Director’ category for ‘Snatch.’
- In 2000, he married the American pop sensation Madonna at a private ceremony in Skibo Castle, Scotland. The couple was blessed with a son. They also adopted a baby boy. However, the marriage did not last long as the two separated in 2008.
- He began dating model Jacqui Ainsley whom he married on 30 July 2015. The couple has two sons and a daughter.
- This British film director, producer, and screenwriter suffers from dyslexia. He is an ardent football fan, ‘Chelsea’ being his favorite team. Apart from English, he can also speak Hebrew.
Guy Ritchie Movies
1. Snatch (2000)
2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
3. The Gentlemen (2020)
4. Star (2001)
(Action, Comedy, Short)
5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
(Crime, Adventure, Mystery, Action, Thriller)
6. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
(Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure)
7. RocknRolla (2008)
(Thriller, Crime, Action)
8. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
(Action, Adventure, Comedy)
|1999||Best New Filmmaker||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)|
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