Birth Name: David Ayer
Birth Place: Champaign, Illinois, USA
Although he learned street smarts to adapt to the rough area, he joined the military to escape the harsh life he found there. Dropping out of high school, Ayer became a top sonar man for the U.S. Navy, stationed aboard a nuclear attack submarine during the last days of the Cold War. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Los Angeles, taking on jobs as an electrician and in construction while writing short stories in his spare time. In the early 1990s he met A-list screenwriter Wesley Strick while working construction on Strick's home, and Strick convinced Ayer to write a screenplay based on his experiences in the Navy-Strick also pointed him to Syd Field's book Screenwriting and pr...
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