Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Wherein; 1863 – 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 – 1914).
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Penning), had been an actress.
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherries), a bookkeeper, and Martin Königsberg, a waiter and jewelry engraver. Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid.
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten- time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906.
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, ...
During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator.
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908, and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...
Ernst Ingram Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. Series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents.
Working with his brother Ethan, screenwriter/director Joel Coen has built a reputation as one of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmakers of the late 20th century. Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, arch irony, and often brutal violence.
The films of the Coen brothers have become synonymous with a style of filmmaking. He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered “serious” film.
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954, in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out.
Sidney Lumen was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera.
He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ... Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department.
He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ... Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor.
Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee.
Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
He is a director and producer, known for Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Trainspotting (1996) and 127 Hours (2010). Described by film producer Michael Della as “the very best eye in the business”, director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937, in South Shields, Type and Wear (then County Durham).
His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ... David Fischer was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California.
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970, in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.
Classics: Good fellas, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Departed, Casino, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Color of Money, Hugo, The Aviator, The King of Comedy, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, Bringing Out the Dead, The Last Waltz, After Hours, Cape Fear (1991), Mean Streets One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world.
He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ... Classics: Schindler's List, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, E.T.
Classics: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strange love or: How I Learned to Stopped Worrying and Love the Bomb, Eyes Wide Shut, Paths of Glory, The Killing, Spartacus Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970, in London, England.
Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee.
Classics: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Inglorious Basters, Django Unchained, Kill Bill: Vol. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Delver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR.
Classics: The Royal Tenenbaum, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Bissau, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bottle Rocket, Moonrise Kingdom David Fischer was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California.
Classics: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later..., Sunshine, 127 Hours, Steve Jobs Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department.
Classics: Edward Scissor hands, Batman Returns, Batman, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Big Fish, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him.
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated.
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary filmmaker. He was the son of Emma Jane (Wherein; 1863 – 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 – 1914).
Classics: North by Northwest, Psycho, Frenzy, Rope, Rear Window He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films.
Classics: Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito's Way, Blow Out, Mission: Impossible, Carrie James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954, in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada.
The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be ...
Three- time Oscar nominee Frank Marabout was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montpelier, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High ...
Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation).
Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Riley), an art teacher, and Paul Equal Masseter, a parts' manager at a Chevrolet dealership.
Classics: The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Witness His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain.
The Exorcist, The French Connection, Killer Joe, To Live and Die in L.A., Bug He is a producer and director, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Swingers (1996) and Fair Game (2010).
Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line.
Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Star sky and Hutch (1975).
Classics: The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott.
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sun dance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films.
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Coach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context.
Luck Lesson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...
During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, He is a father of 4 daughters, father of Coach Cherie Sheridan, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
He is best known for his comedic Three Flavors Cornet to film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Egg... A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Lands made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970).
Remaining in Europe, Lands found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian “... Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator.
He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalena ...
Paul Green grass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camerae he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter.
The director of the groundbreaking “Living Dead” films was born February 4, 1940, in New York City to Ann (Dorsey) and Jorge Romero. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Greta (2018) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005).
Guillermo Del Too was born October 9, 1964, in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, Del Too developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens.
Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ... His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer.
Paul Verboten graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragicomedy characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds.
His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and ... David Rosenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943.
His father, Milton Rosenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sum berg), was a piano player. Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios.
He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow ... American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Gaza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
His mother, Chris Anne (née Bold), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Born on October 16, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, director/writer/producer David Tucker, along with brother Jerry (Ghost, 1990) Tucker and longtime friend, Jim (Hot Shots, 1991) Abrahams, has established himself among Hollywood's (or at least Wisconsin's) most successful filmmakers.
He studied history, literature and theater for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy.
Takashi Mike was born in the small town of Lao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally.
At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Showed Maura, ... Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor.
Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Born in 1954 in Pinging, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers.
Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. The son of Elsie Ellen, a dressmaker, and William Leslie Parker, a house painter, Alan Parker was a London advertising copywriter in the 1960s and early 1970s with Collect Dickinson Pearce (CDP), an ad agency.
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908, and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). Gore Sierpinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...
Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars on Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors.
From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California.
During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.
He is a director and writer, known for Free Fire (2016), Kill List (2011) and Sightseers (2012). He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Castro.