- Started writing fictional stories and screenplays when he was in fifth grade; as a teen made comedic videos with his friends and brothers.
- Dreamed of becoming a pro snowboarder and moved to Japan to train.
- Returned to the U.S. and picked up jobs in Los Angeles working on film and music video crews; first job involved camera work on the Destiny's Child Survivor video.
- Won a Student Academy Award for the 2004 short film Victoria Para Chino.
- Broke into feature filmmaking by writing and directing Sin Nombre in 2009.
- Directed all eight episodes of True Detective's first season.
- Is fluent in three languages: English; Spanish; French.
- Practiced capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, for 17 years.
- Plays polo and enjoys downhill mountain biking.
- 2014, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series: Nominee
- 2018, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series: Nominee
- 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Winner
- 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: Nominee
- 2019, Writers Guild Awards — Long Form Adapted: Nominee
- 2005, Sundance Film Festival — Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking: Winner
- 2009, Sundance Film Festival — Directing Award: Dramatic: Winner
- 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Cinematography: Nominee
- 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 2015, BAFTA Television Awards — Best International: Winner
- 2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 2019, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Nominee
- 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
- Anthony Shuzo Fukunaga — Father
- Gretchen May Grufman — Mother
- University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States (BA History 1999); attended New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York City, New York, United States
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