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David Lean (I) (1908–1991)


An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 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 a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927. He worked as tea ... See full bio »

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(age 83) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Lawrence of Arabia
(1962)
A Passage to India
(1984)
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago Director
(1965)

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3 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir David Lean

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)
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[on film adaptations] I think the best you can do in a movie is to be faithful to the author's intention in all areas. With the two Dickens films I did - Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948) - they are, oh, pencil sketches of these great novels that he wrote, but I think they are faithful. I wouldn't have been ashamed to show him the films. See more »

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Directed 11 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Celia Johnson, Katharine Hepburn, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, John Mills, Sarah Miles, Peggy Ashcroft and Judy Davis. Guiness, Mills and Ashcroft won for their performances in one of Lean's movies. See more »

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Often collaborated with composer Maurice Jarre See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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