Tim Story

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Tim Story
Timothy Kevin Story

(1970-03-13) March 13, 1970 (age 53)
Alma mater USC School of Cinematic Arts (1991) [1]
Years active 1997–present
OrganizationThe Story Company
Vicky Story
(m. 2003)

Timothy Kevin Story (born March 13, 1970) is an American film director. [2] [3] He is best known for Barbershop (2002), the Fantastic Four (2005) and the Ride Along franchise. He has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Feature Film/Television Movie in 2006 and 2013.


He is the founder of The Story Company, an entertainment production company that he started with his future wife in 1996.

Early life

Born in Los Angeles on March 13, 1970, Story attended LA's Westchester High School, with jazz pianist Eric Reed and actresses Regina King and Nia Long. He was senior class president at Westchester High. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1991. [1]

While in high school, Story briefly attempted a career in music. He was part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate and even appeared as a member of the group T.D.F. on the song "T.D.F. Connection" from the 1988 compilation album Rhyme Syndicate Comin' Through. [4] A group member was shot and killed prior to them being signed to Warner Bros. Records. [5] Story later turned his attention to directing feature films. [6]



1997 One of Us Tripped Also editor
1999 The Firing Squad Also editor and writer
2002 Barbershop
2004 Taxi
2005 Fantastic Four
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
2009 Hurricane Season
2012 Think Like a Man
2014 Ride Along
Think Like a Man Too
2016 Ride Along 2
2019 Shaft Also executive producer
2021 Tom & Jerry Also executive producer and the voice of Pigeon Announcer
2022 The Blackening Also producer
2023 Praise This Producer
Dashing Through the Snow

Stand-up film


2006 Standoff YesYesDirected episodes "Pilot" and "Borderline"
2010 CSI: Miami YesNoEpisode "On the Hook"
2011 Supah Ninjas YesNoEpisode "Limelight"
2017 Scorpion YesNoEpisode "Sharknerdo"
White Famous YesYesDirected episodes "Pilot", "Heat", "Woo", and "Zero F**ks Given"
2020 #blackAF NoNoAs himself in Episode 5, "yo, between you and me... this is because of slavery"
2021 Queens YesYesDirected episodes "1999" and "Heart Of Queens"

Music videos


Collaborator One of Us Tripped
The Firing Squad
Fantastic Four and Rise of the Silver Surfer
Hurricane Season
Think Like a Man
Ride Along
Think Like a Man Too
Ride Along 2
Tom & Jerry
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