Directors/ Actors who started out with Troma

by stranger_sophia | created - 25 Nov 2017 | updated - 25 Nov 2017 | Public

Troma produced or acquired early films featuring several rising talents, such as

1. James Gunn

Writer | Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leota and James Francis Gunn. He is from a large Catholic family, with Irish and Czech ancestry. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age ...

2. Trey Parker

Music_department | South Park

Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...

3. Matt Stone

Music_department | South Park

Matt Stone was born on May 26, 1971 in Houston, Texas, USA as Matthew Richard Stone. He is known for his work on South Park (1997), South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) and Team America: World Police (2004). He has been married to Angela Howard since 2008. They have two children.

4. Vincent D'Onofrio

Actor | Men in Black

Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio was born on June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and server, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theatre production assistant and interior designer. He is of Italian descent and has two older sisters. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American ...

5. Eli Roth

Producer | Cabin Fever

Eli Raphael Roth was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Cora (Bialis), a painter, and Sheldon H. Roth, a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and clinical professor. His family is Jewish (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland). He began shooting Super 8 films at the age of eight, after watching Ridley ...

6. Samuel L. Jackson

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...

7. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

8. Carmen Electra

Actress | Scary Movie 4

Carmen Electra was born Tara Leigh Patrick on April 20, 1972 in Sharonville, Ohio, to Patricia Rose (Kincade), a singer, and Harry Stanley Patrick, an entertainer and guitarist. She is of mostly English, German, and Irish descent. She grew up near Cincinnati, Ohio and got her first boost when a ...

9. Billy Bob Thornton

Actor | Sling Blade

Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in ...

10. Oliver Stone

Producer | JFK

Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.

William Oliver Stone was ...

11. Kevin Costner

Actor | The Postman

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...

12. Vanna White

Actress | Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

Vanna White was born Vanna Marie Angel in Conway, South Carolina, to Miguel Angel and Joan Marie Rosich. Her maternal father disappeared from her life shortly after her birth, and Vanna used her mother's maiden name as her own for a short time, until her mother married Herbert White, who raised her...

13. Marisa Tomei

Actress | My Cousin Vinny

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia "Addie" (Bianchi), a teacher of English, and Gary Tomei, a lawyer, both of Italian descent. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy ...

14. Kansas Bowling

Actress | Untitled Kansas Bowling Film

Kansas Bowling has been interested in film her whole life. As a child, she made short films with her younger sister and began shooting Super 8 at 13. Inspired by the likes of Russ Meyer, Annette Funicello, and Roger Corman, Kansas and her friend Kenzie began writing a script in high school about a ...

15. Salem Kapsaski

Producer | Spidarlings

Salem Kapsaski is a writer, film director, and producer living in Manchester, England. Salem is the director of the cult Horror Musical Spidarlings (2016) released by Troma Entertainment. Salem's debut novella "Nazi Sniper" was published in 2015 by Sleazy Viking Press.

Salem is also the director and...

16. Michael Jai White

Actor | Black Dynamite

Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White ...

18. David Boreanaz

Actor | Angel

David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Patti, a travel agent, and weatherman Dave Roberts (Boreanaz). His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of half Slovak ancestry. At the age of seven he decide to be an actor, which eventually ...

19. Joel M. Reed

Director | Killer Zombies from the Titanic

Joel M. Reed was born on December 29, 1933 in New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Killer Zombies from the Titanic, Wit's End (1971) and The Renegade Ghouls of Kaplan's Swamp.

20. Will Keenan

Producer | Operation Midnight Climax

Will Keenan is a producer, actor, director, writer, consultant and stuntman who attended New York University while majoring in theater and studying psychology, philosophy and dance. Keenan has acted in and worked on producing more than 20 independent films made in New York City, Hollywood and ...

21. Debbie Rochon

Producer | Model Hunger

Debbie Rochon grew up in British Columbia, Canada. She was a child of the streets and victim of much abuse until she accidentally ended up in a featured extra role in Paramount's Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)!

The event changed her life, and she saved enough money to move to New ...

22. Paul Sorvino

Actor | Goodfellas

Tall, dark and imposing American actor Paul Sorvino has made a solid career of portraying authority figures.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York City. His mother, Angela (Renzi), was a piano teacher, of Italian descent. His father, Ford Sorvino, was an Italian immigrant who worked in a robe factory as...

23. Buddy Giovinazzo

Director | Life Is Hot in Cracktown

Buddy Giovinazzo was born on May 5, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA as Carmine Giovinazzo. He is a director and writer, known for Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009), Combat Shock (1984) and No Way Home (1996). He has been married to Gesine Giovinazzo-Todt since August 16, 2007. He was previously ...



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