Rick-Famuyiwa
Rick Famuyiwa | Biography

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  • Full Name Rick Famuyiwa
  • Occupation Television producer, director, and screenwriter
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Berkeley, California, USA
  • Birth Date Jun 18, 1973
  • Age 48 Years, 11 Months
  • Net Worth $1.5 million (Celebrity Net Worth)
Writer, Director & Producer of the 2015 Comedy-drama Film 'Dope'

Rick Famuyiwa | Biography

Directed three episodes of the Disney+ TV series 'The Mandalorian'

Famuyiwa was one of the experienced directors the series creator personally selected for the TV series, and he contributed to Din Djarin’s character development. He directed three episodes of the Disney+ TV series The Mandalorian, including Season 1 Episode 2 ‘Chapter 2: The Child,’ Season 1 Episode 6 ‘Chapter 6: The Prisoner,’ and Season 2 Episode 7 ‘Chapter 15: The Believer’ in 2019 and 2020. He also wrote two series episodes such as ‘Chapter 6: The Prisoner’ and ‘Chapter 15: The Believer’ in 2019 and 2020. 


Rick Famuyiwa is a Nigerian-American producer best recognized for his work in the 2015 comedy-drama film Dope.

Who is Rick Famuyiwa?

Rick Famuyiwa is a film and television producer, director, and screenwriter. He made his screenwriting and directorial debut with the 1996 short film Blacktop Lingo

He subsequently stepped into a feature film with his 1999 romantic comedy-drama film The Wood, which he co-wrote and directed. After that, Famuyiwa wrote and directed the 2002 musical comedy-drama film Brown Sugar, wrote the screenplay of the 2007 biographical history drama film Talk to Me, and then wrote and directed the 2010 romantic comedy film Our Family Wedding.

Famuyiwa made a breakthrough with his 2015 coming-of-age comedy-drama film Dope, which he wrote, directed, and debuted as a producer. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival, where it won the ‘Editing Award’ and was nominated for the ‘Grand Jury Prize.’ The film also earned Famuyiwa, the ‘African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Award’ for ‘Best Screenplay.’ 

Famuyiwa later directed the pilot episode of the TV series The Chi, three episodes of the TV series The Mandalorian, and four episodes of the TV series short We Will Be Monsters

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Furthermore, he served as an executive producer of the TV special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (2017), the short film The Lost (2017), and 40 episodes of the TV series The Chi from 2018 to 2021.

In August 2021, Showtime ordered a pilot for a new series based on Famuyiwa’s 1999 film The Wood, with Famuyiwa as the director and executive producer. 

Early Bio and Family

Famuyiwa was born on 18 June 1973 in Berkeley, California, to his parents, Florence and Idowu Famuyiwa. Famuyiwa spent nearly a decade of his early life in Berkeley, Concord, and San Jose, then three years in North Carolina with his mother and younger brother, Kevin, before settling in Los Angeles and Inglewood, California.

Famuyiwa graduated with a double degree in cinema-television in production and critical studies from the University of the Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, California. He also attended the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs.

‘The Mandalorian’

Famuyiwa has directed three episodes of the Disney+ TV series The Mandalorian, including Season 1 Episode 2 ‘Chapter 2: The Child,’ Season 1 Episode 6 ‘Chapter 6: The Prisoner,’ and Season 2 Episode 7 ‘Chapter 15: The Believer’ in 2019 and 2020. He also wrote two series episodes such as ‘Chapter 6: The Prisoner’ and ‘Chapter 15: The Believer’ in 2019 and 2020. 

Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian is a fantasy action-adventure TV series, which premiered on 12 November 2019. The series is about a warrior who emerges in the Star Wars universe after the stories of Jango and Boba Fett. Set after the Empire's downfall and before the rise of the First Order, the series follows Din Djarin (played by Pedro Pascal), a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

Famuyiwa was one of the experienced directors the series creator personally selected for the TV series, and he contributed to Din Djarin’s character development. 

Speaking about The Mandalorian in an interview with the official Star Wars website, Famuyiwa said, “One of the great things about The Mandalorian in particular was there was this group of filmmakers that came together, and kind of brought together by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and Kathy Kennedy. But each of the filmmakers were from different perspectives and had different point of views.”

He further said that the different perspectives for the episodes allow the series to be new and different even though the stories were in the world of Star Wars. 

Upcoming Projects

Famuyiwa will direct and produce the upcoming four-episode documentary TV series; They Call Me Magic

He will also work as a writer and director of the upcoming romantic horror drama film Black Hole, an adaptation of Charles Burns’ graphic novel of the same name. 

Additionally, he will direct several other announced films such as Uptown Saturday NightSon of ShaolinChildren of Blood and Bone, and Past Midnight.

Wife

Famuyiwa married his wife, Gienita Mosley, in 1999. He and his wife appeared together on the red carpet at the premiere of Dope in New York City in 2015. 

Rick Famuyiwa wife Gienita Mosley
Rick Famuyiwa with his wife Gienita Mosley in 2016. (Photo: Instagram)

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