Notable Filmmakersby 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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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,...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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) ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...