Notable Filmmakers

by The-Ambassador | created - 04 Jun 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Shawn Levy

Producer | Arrival

Shawn Levy was born on July 23, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Stranger Things (2016), Real Steel (2011), and the Night at the Museum franchise. He is the founder and principal of 21 Laps Entertainment. He is married to Serena Levy and they have four ...

2. Fred Schepisi

Director | Empire Falls

Fred Schepisi began his production career in the advertising world in Melbourne, Australia, where he served as head of the Film House for almost 20 years, directing both commercials and documentaries. His first feature-length film was the semi-autobiographical 'The Devil's Playground' (1976) which ...

3. Matt Shakman

Director | Game of Thrones

Matt Shakman was born on August 8, 1975. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Fargo (2014) and Mad Men (2007).

4. Tom McCarthy

Producer | Win Win

Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director.

McCarthy...

5. Ben Stiller

Producer | Tropic Thunder

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish Catholic descent (she converted to Judaism).

His parents made no real ...

6. Peter Bogdanovich

Director | The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...

7. Philipp Stölzl

Director | Nordwand

Philipp Stölzl was born in 1967 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for North Face (2008), The Physician (2013) and Young Goethe in Love (2010).

8. Thomas Carter

Director | Coach Carter

Thomas Carter was born on July 17, 1953 in Austin, Texas, USA as Thomas Colbert Carter. He is a director and producer, known for Coach Carter (2005), Equal Justice (1990) and Save the Last Dance (2001).

9. Daniel Espinosa

Director | Snabba cash

Daniel Espinosa was born on March 23, 1977 in Huddinge, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and producer, known for Easy Money (2010), Safe House (2012) and Life (2017). He was previously married to Nina Milerad.

10. Dan Bush

Writer | The Signal

Dan Bush is a writer and director, known for The Signal (2007), The Reconstruction of William Zero (2014) and The Dark Red (2018).

11. Philip Kaufman

Writer | The Right Stuff

Director and screenwriter Philip Kaufman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Chicago and later Harvard Law School. He won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes in 1965 for his film Goldstein (1964). He was the screenwriter for The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and was to ...

12. Bill Condon

Director | Kinsey

Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Kinsey (2004), Dreamgirls (2006) and Gods and Monsters (1998).

13. Sean Mullin

Producer | Amira & Sam

Sean Mullin is an award-winning filmmaker who holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University and a B.S. from The United States Military Academy at West Point.

As a writer/director, his short films - Sadiq, Man is a Bridge, and The 14th Morning - have won numerous awards and played at film ...

14. Judd Apatow

Producer | Girls

Judd Apatow was born on December 6, 1967 in Syosset, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Girls (2012), Knocked Up (2007) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). He has been married to Leslie Mann since June 9, 1997. They have two children.

15. Noel Clarke

Actor | Brotherhood

Noel Clarke was born on December 6, 1975 in London, England as Noel Anthony Clarke. He is an actor and producer, known for Brotherhood (2016), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Mute (2018). He is married to Iris Da-Silva. They have two children.

17. Leslye Headland

Writer | Bachelorette

Leslye Headland was born on November 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Leslye Ann Headland. She is a writer and director, known for Bachelorette (2012), Sleeping with Other People (2015) and Russian Doll (2019). She has been married to Rebecca Henderson since September 18, 2016.

18. James E. Duff

Producer | Hank and Asha

James E. Duff is a film and theater director know for the award-winning indie romance Hank and Asha. James earned his MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, where he won a fellowship for excellence in directing actors. He has taught filmmaking in Kenya, at a refugee camp in the Sahara Desert, and...

19. Fred Savage

Actor | The Wonder Years

Fred Savage was born July 9, 1976. He began acting at age 9 in a production produced by Lorimar called Morningstar/Eveningstar (1986). He was found by Roger Damon Price to play the role of Alan Bishop. During production Fred auditioned for The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) which launched Jay Underwood's...

20. Emilio Estevez

Actor | The Way

Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962, in New York City. He is the eldest son of actor Martin Sheen, who at the time was just breaking into the business. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Emilio's father right after he had moved to Manhattan. ...

21. Barbra Streisand

Soundtrack | Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...

22. Mark L. Smith

Writer | The Revenant

Mark L. Smith is a writer and director, known for The Revenant (2015), Overlord (2018) and Séance (2006).

23. Robert Schwentke

Director | RED

Robert Schwentke was born in 1968 in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for RED (2010), The Captain (2017) and R.I.P.D. (2013).

24. Duke Johnson

Director | Anomalisa

Duke Johnson was born on March 20, 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Anomalisa (2015), Community (2009) and Marrying God (2006).

25. Jared P. Scott

Producer | Requiem for the American Dream

Jared P. Scott is an Emmy® nominated writer/director and New York Times® Bestseller.

Jared recently wrote, directed, and produced THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (2016/17) - an investigation of climate change and US national security - nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Politics and Government ...

26. Dylan Baker

Actor | Happiness

Dylan Baker was born on October 7, 1959 in Syracuse, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Happiness (1998), Revolutionary Road (2008) and Trick 'r Treat (2007). He has been married to Becky Ann Baker since 1987. They have one child.

27. Marjane Satrapi

Director | Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi was born on November 22, 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Persepolis (2007), The Voices (2014) and Chicken with Plums (2011). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.

28. Matt Duffer

Writer | Stranger Things

Matt Duffer was born as Matthew C. Duffer. He is a writer and producer, known for Stranger Things (2016), We All Fall Down (2005) and Wayward Pines (2015).

29. Alexandra Pelosi

Director | Journeys with George

Alexandra Pelosi was born on October 5, 1970 in San Francisco, California, USA as Alexandra C. Pelosi. She is a director and producer, known for Journeys with George (2002), Fall to Grace (2013) and Citizen USA: A 50 State Road Trip (2011). She has been married to Michiel Vos since June 18, 2005. ...

30. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...

31. Steven Brill

Director | Little Nicky

A native of Utica, New York, Steven Brill studied film, theater and acting at Boston University. It was there that he became a student of acclaimed, Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright, Derek Walcott. Brill became a part of Mr. Walcott's first theater group in Boston, Playwright's Theater, ...

32. Jean Negulesco

Director | Boy on a Dolphin

Jean Negulesco made his reputation as a director of both polished, popular entertainments as well as critically acclaimed dramatic pictures in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Craiova, Romania, he left home at age 12, ending up in Paris. He earned some money washing dishes, which paid for his art ...

33. Mike Myers

Actor | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively.

Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he ...

34. Mark Pellington

Director | Arlington Road

Mark Pellington was born on March 17, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Arlington Road (1999), The Mothman Prophecies (2002) and Jerry Maguire (1996). He was previously married to Jennifer Barrett Pellington.

35. Frank Oz

Actor | The Muppet Show

Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary ...

36. Warren Beatty

Actor | Reds

Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...

37. John Farrow

Writer | Around the World in 80 Days

John Farrow wrote short stories and plays during his four-year career in the navy. In the late 1920s he came to Hollywood as a technical advisor for a film about Marines and stayed as a screenwriter, from A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927) through Tarzan Escapes (1936). He married Tarzan's Jane, Maureen ...

38. Paul Mazursky

Actor | An Unmarried Woman

Paul Mazursky was born on April 25, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Irwin Lawrence Mazursky. He is known for his work on An Unmarried Woman (1978), Harry and Tonto (1974) and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). He was married to Betsy Mazursky. He died on June 30, 2014 ...

39. Hy Averback

Director | M*A*S*H

Hy Averback was born on October 21, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He was a director and producer, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Real McCoys (1957) and The Tom Ewell Show (1960). He was married to Dorothy Averback. He died on October 14, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

40. George Barbier

Actor | The Man Who Came to Dinner

Barbier was educated for the ministry before going to work on the stage. He appeared on Broadway in such successes as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Man Who Came Back," among others. He signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1929 and later worked as an actor for most of the major ...

41. Ken Russell

Director | The Devils

Ken Russell tried several professions before choosing to become a film director; he was a still photographer and a dancer and he even served in the Army, but film was his destiny. He began by making several short films which paved the way for his brilliant television films of the 1960s that are ...

42. Jason Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007). He was previously married to Michele Lee.

43. George Clooney

Actor | Michael Clayton

George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and television host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney ...

44. Gareth Edwards

Visual_effects | Monsters

Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...

45. Jennifer Westfeldt

Actress | Kissing Jessica Stein

Jennifer is an American actress and filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the indie hits, Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) and Friends with Kids (2011).

A graduate from Yale University, Jennifer started her career as a New York-based theater actor, starring in over 25 ...

46. Bonnie Hunt

Actress | Jumanji

Bonnie Hunt was born on September 22, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Bonnie Lynn Hunt. She is a producer and writer, known for Jumanji (1995), The Green Mile (1999) and Return to Me (2000). She was previously married to John Murphy.

47. Victor Levin

Producer | Mad About You

Son of Judith Levin and Dr. Stanley Levin of Jamesburg, N.J. His father, a dentist, practiced in New City, N.Y.

48. Nigel Cole

Director | Saving Grace

Nigel Cole was born in 1959 in Launceston, Cornwall, England. He is a director and actor, known for Saving Grace (2000), A Lot Like Love (2005) and Calendar Girls (2003). He has been married to Kate Isitt since January 1, 2000. They have two children. He was previously married to Sally Brampton.

49. Sam Esmail

Writer | Mr. Robot

Sam Esmail was born on September 17, 1977 in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Mr. Robot (2015), Homecoming (2018) and Comet (2014). He has been married to Emmy Rossum since May 28, 2017.

50. Mike Newell

Director | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Attended Cambridge University. Three year training course at Granada Television, with intention of going into theatre. Graduated to directing TV plays, building strong reputation for work with David Hare, David Edgar, Hohn, John Osborne, Jack Rosenthal.

51. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

52. Lake Bell

Actress | In a World...

Lake Bell was born on March 24, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA as Lake Caroline Siegel Bell. She is an actress and director, known for In a World... (2013), No Strings Attached (2011) and It's Complicated (2009). She has been married to Scott Campbell since June 1, 2013. They have two ...

53. Tina Fey

Writer | 30 Rock

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

54. Mark Waters

Producer | (500) Days of Summer

Mark Waters was born on June 30, 1964 in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA as Mark Stephen Waters. He is a director and producer, known for 500 Days of Summer (2009), Vampire Academy (2014) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). He has been married to Dina Spybey-Waters since November 10, 2000.

55. Neil Jordan

Writer | The Crying Game

Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...

56. Alan Rickman

Actor | Die Hard

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years ...

57. John Wells

Producer | The Company Men

John Wells was born on May 28, 1956 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as John Marcum Wells. He is a producer and writer, known for The Company Men (2010), ER (1994) and The West Wing (1999). He is married to Marilyn Wells. They have two children.



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