American screenwriter and film director Ryan Coogler (middle name Kyle) was born in Oakland, California on May 23rd 1986, who has two feature films and four short films under his belt so far. Since the age of 21, Coogler is a counselor working with incarcerated youth at San Francisco's Juvenile Hall. With a height of 5.10 feet, Coogler is 30 years of age and is engaged to Zinzi Evans after dating her for a long time.
Born to Joselyn nee Thomas (a community organiser) and Ira Coogler (a juvenile hall probation counselor) who both graduated from California State University, Coogler lived in Oakland until the age of eight after which he moved to Richmond. He was a good math and science student while in St. Mary's College High School, where he also partook in track events and football. He joined St. Mary's College of California receiving a football scholarship intending to study chemistry, but was encouraged to pursue screen-writing career. Not long after, he received a scholarship and transferred to Sacramento after St. Mary's cancelled it's football program in 2004, grabbing 112 receptions (for 1213 yards) and 6 touchdowns in four years. He majored in finance from Sacramento and took as many film classes as he could fit into his football schedule.
Coogler attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts afterwards where three out of four short films that he made were nominated for prestigious awards. In 2009, Locks was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Dana and Albert Broccoli Award for Filmmaking Excellence. His second short-film, Fig was nominated by the Black Reel Awards for an Outstanding Independent Short Film in 2011. In 2011, two of his short films – The Sculptor and Gap - won the Jack Nicholson Award for Achievement in Directing.
Fruitvale Station, Coogler's first feature film based on the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant who was shot by a police officer in 2009, won critical acclaims and accolades in many reputed film festivals and circles like the Sundance and Cannes, with dozens of awards being showered on the movie and Coogler himself. He and Michael B. Jordan were named one of the 30 people under the age of 30 who are changing the world by Time magazine that year.
Coogler's second feature length film Creed – a Rocky spinoff that he had written with Aaron Covington – reunited him with Michael B. Jordan with whom he had worked in his first film and also brought him a second serving of critical success. With awards won by Coogler, Jordan (who played Appolo Creed's son in the movie) and two other supporting casts, the film won “Best or Top 10 Films of the Year” awards from the National Board of Reviews, the Boston Online Film Critics Association and the African-American Film Critics Association.
Coogler opened up about a graphic novel and a young adult novel that he was working on, in 2013. In 2015, Coogler was said to have discussed with the concerned authorities about Marvel Cinematic Universe's Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role.