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Guy Ritchie

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Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995, got a job as a runner, ultimately starting his film career. He quickly progressed and was directing music promos for bands and commercials by 1995. The profits that he made from directing these promos was invested into writing and making the film The Hard Case, a twenty minute short film that is also the prequel to his debut feature Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, saw The Hard Case and invested in the feature film. Once completed, ten British distributors turned the film down before the film eventually was released in the UK in 1998 and the US in 1999; the film put Ritchie on the map as one of the hottest rising filmmakers of the time, and launched the careers of actors Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, and Vinnie Jones, among others. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was followed up by Snatch., this time with a bigger budget and a few more familiar faces such as Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro alongside returning actors Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and Jason Flemyng. At the end of 2000, Ritchie married the pop superstar Madonna in Scotland, and proceeded to work with his famous wife on a variety of film and video projects, including the short Star, made for BMW and co-starring Clive Owen, and the controversial video "What It Feels Like for a Girl," which was called out for its violence. In 2002 the couple embarked on a remake of the 1974 Lina Wertmüller film Swept Away; the new film was a critical and commercial flop, winning five Razzie Awards. Ritchie followed up with the Vegas heist film Revolver, which was panned, but won favor with the crime thriller RocknRolla, which featured a game, energetic cast and brought American attention to rising stars Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy. The next year saw the release of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Jude Law as his cohort Dr. Watson. The film received mostly good reviews but, more importantly for Ritchie's career, was a solid blockbuster hit that grossed more than $520 million dollars worldwide and spawned a sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Ritchie is tentatively scheduled to direct an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Ritchie has two sons with Madonna: Rocco, born in 2000, and an adopted son, David, born in 2005. In late 2008, the couple confirmed reports that they were splitting up, and agreed to a divorce settlement that was finalized in December of that year. In September 2011, Ritchie's girlfriend, model Jacqui Ainsley, gave birth to a son, Rafael, and in July 2012 the couple announced they were expecting their second child.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Guy Ritchie and Madonna -- From Whining to Wining (PHOTOS)

Guy Ritchie and Madonna
From Whining to Wining

Guy Ritchie and Madonna have both done a 180 since Rocco bailed on her ... they're now co-parents who can share a bottle of wine. Guy arrived at Madonna's house in London Monday night, armed with… READ MORE >

Madonna -- A Little Face Time with Rocco Does a Mother Good

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A Little Face Time with Rocco Does a Mother Good

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- 51 days ago
Madonna -- Breaks Down on Stage For Rocco (VIDEO)

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Breaks Down on Stage For Rocco

Madonna got emotional on stage Friday night ... breaking down before dedicating a song to her son. Madge was in Auckland, New Zealand and spoke to the crowd about Rocco. She told fans, "there's… READ MORE >

- 87 days ago
Madonna & Guy Ritchie -- Scolded by Judge in Custody War ... You're Hurting Rocco!

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Scolded by Judge in Custody War ... You're Hurting Rocco!

Madonna and Guy Ritchie both called into a New York custody hearing Wednesday afternoon, and the judge went after them ... saying THEY are the ones hurting their 15-year-old son Rocco. … READ MORE >

- 90 days ago
Madonna, Guy Ritchie -- Showdown in Rocco Custody War

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Showdown In Rocco Custody War

Madonna and Guy Ritchie will square off in court Wednesday over custody of their 15-year-old son Rocco, and we've learned Madonna has changed her strategy.  As we reported, the singer and Guy… READ MORE >

- 91 days ago
Madonna -- Moms Post the Darndest Things (PHOTO)

Madonna
Moms Post the Darndest Things

Madonna's crying out to Rocco again ... posting a pic from happier days. Madge put up the photo of Rocco grinning with dandelions around his neck and said, "I miss this boy so full of life so full… READ MORE >

- 99 days ago
Guy Ritchie and Rocco -- There's a Buzz in the Air (PHOTOS)

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There's a Buzz in the Air

Guy Ritchie and son Rocco strolled through a London park Wednesday when they got interrupted by a call ... we're guessing it was not Madonna.  Rocco is sporting a new look ...… READ MORE >

- 110 days ago
Madonna -- Hires P.I. in Custody War ... Deep Concerns About Guy Ritchie's Parenting Skills

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Hires P.I. In Custody War Deep Concerns About Guy's Parenting Skills

Madonna is not relying on the paparazzi to document her son's life with Guy Ritchie in the middle of their custody war ... we're told she's hired a P.I. to get the lowdown in London first hand.… READ MORE >

- 113 days ago
Madonna/Guy Ritchie -- Custody War Over Rocco Delayed a Month

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Custody War Over Rocco Delayed a Month

Guy Ritchie was tooling around London Wednesday -- the same day the NYC courtroom showdown with Madonna was scheduled -- but he didn't miss a thing, because the hearing's been put off a month.… READ MORE >

- 118 days ago
Guy Richie and Rocco -- Hanging Tight Days Before Madonna Custody Battle

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Hanging Tight Days Before Madonna Custody Battle

Guy Ritchie, his wife and Rocco are going strong as they prepare to battle Madonna next week over who gets the kid. It's been 2 months since the 15-year-old bailed on his mom during the London leg… READ MORE >

- 122 days ago

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