Oscar-winning screenwriter: Who is John Ridley?

John Ridley

At the 86th Annual Academy Awards, a dream came true for producer and screenwriter John Ridley. The Milwaukee-born griot wins an Oscar, Best Adapted Screenplay, for 12 Years a Slave.

Here are 5 facts about Ridley, a former stand-up comic and sitcom writer, for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Martin, that you probably didn’t know.


He’s published several novels.
1. A Conversation with the Mann
2. The Drift
3. Love is a Racket
4. Those Who Walk in Darkness
5. What Fire Cannot Burn
6. Everybody Smokes in Hell
7. Stray Dogs

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