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He's the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave.
John Ridley began his career as a stand-up comedian in New York before becoming a writer for television and films. His screenplay for 12 Years a Slave won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is also the author of several novels and graphic novels, including the thriller What Fire Cannot Burn, the graphic novel The American Way, and other books.