Category:Film directors from Illinois
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1. John Anderson (actor) – John Robert Anderson was an American character actor. Anderson was raised in Quincy, Illinois. Anderson served during World War II, where he met artist Orazio Fumagalli, who became his lifelong friend. Anderson held a master's degree from the University of Iowa. Anderson started out on Broadway, including an appearance in the musical Paint Your Wagon in 1951. He later worked primarily in television. Standing 6' 1/2" tall, he bore a strong resemblance to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, whom he portrayed three times. He appeared in the used car salesman who helps Marion Crane. Anderson appeared in The Rat Patrol. He also appeared in Overland Trail, The Legend of Jesse James. Anderson had a recurring role as Harry Jackson, MacGyver's grandfather. A recurring Twilight Zone actor, he appeared in four different episodes. He was also The Interrogator on an episode of "The Outer Limits" Titled "Nightmare." Anderson suffered a fatal heart attack in Sherman Oaks, California. He was survived by two children, seven grandchildren, two sisters.John Anderson (actor) – Anderson in The Virginian in the 1960s
2. John G. Avildsen – John Guilbert Avildsen is an American film director. He won the Academy Award for Rocky. Avildsen was born in Oak Park, Illinois, Clarence John Avildsen. He was educated at The Hotchkiss School and New York University. This was followed by Save the Tiger, nominated for three Oscars, winning Best Actor for star Jack Lemmon. As the 70s ended, Avildsen did films on winners. Avildsen's greatest success was Rocky, winning three, including Best Picture and Best Director. He later directed what was expected to be the series' final installment, Rocky V. His other films include Cry Uncle!, Neighbors, The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid Part II, The Karate Kid Part III, Lean on Me and 8 Seconds. Avildsen was fired over disputes with producers Martin Bregman and Robert Stigwood, respectively. Avildsen has an estranged son named Ash, who founded Sumerian Records. He also has Jonathan Avildsen, in the films The Karate Kid Part III and Rocky V. An upcoming documentary on the career and films of Avildsen is currently in production. Turn on to Love Guess What We Learned in School Today? Joe Cry Uncle!John G. Avildsen – John G. Avildsen
3. David Ayer – David Ayer is an American film director, producer, screenwriter. Ayer then lived with his cousin in California, where his experiences in South Central Los Angeles became the inspiration for many of his films. Ayer then enlisted as a submariner. According to Shia LaBeouf, who starred in Ayer's Fury, Ayer is "a full subscriber to Christianity." Ayer collaborated in 2001. Ayer signed a contract to write a screenplay for S.W.A.T. based on his original pitch. The film was released in 2003. He then went on to direct Street Kings, released in 2008. His next film was the crime Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the film was released on March 28, 2014. He directed the World War II-set film, Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman; the film was released in October 2014. Ayer directed the film adaptation of the comic book Suicide Squad, released on August 5, 2016. The film, along with Ayer's directing, received polarizing reviews. Critics were negative to mixed at best in their opinions, which included an accusation by the group Die Antwoord of " jacking their style". Despite this, it became his most commercially successful film to date. Netflix officially picked up the film for a $ million deal.David Ayer – Ayer at the premiere of Fury at the Newseum in Washington D.C., October 2014.
4. George D. Baker – George Duane Baker was an American motion picture director whose career began near the dawn of the silent film era. He was born on April 22, 1868. He was the second son and third child of Charles E. Baker. Upon his high graduation, Charles Baker offered his son two options, a traditional college education or art classes in Paris. Baker spent a number of seasons in vaudeville with Sadie Martinot, Eva Taylor. Baker would some years later adapt both stories for film. Baker also penned the plays His Brother’s Birthright and As the Sun Went Down. While vacation in New York, after four years with Metro, Baker received a number of tempting job offers from competing studios. George Baker was responsible for almost all the continuity work on films he directed. He continued to work well into the 1920s before retiring in his late Fifties. Besides his stage and work, Baker had also done illustrations for newspapers and magazines and was known as an accomplished still photographer. He was well read with a special interest in the arts. George Duane Baker died on June 2, 1933 at Hollywood, California. What Shall it Profit? Long Live the Queen George D. Baker at the Internet Movie DatabaseGeorge D. Baker – The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen (1920) By Carolyn Lowrey
5. Bob Balaban – Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban is an American actor, author, producer, director. He was one of the producers nominated for Best Picture for Gosford Park, in which he also appeared. Balaban was born in Chicago, the son of Eleanor and Elmer Balaban, who owned several movie theatres and later was a pioneer in cable television. His mother acted under the name Eleanor Barry. They later owned a powerful group of television stations and television franchises. His uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount Pictures for nearly 30 years from 1936-64. Sam Katz, was a vice president at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer beginning in 1936. Sam had been early partners with Max in forming Balaban and Katz. Sam served as President of the Publix division of Paramount Pictures. Balaban began his career at Colgate University where he joined Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and then transferred to New York University. He lives with his family. His paternal grandparents emigrated to Chicago while his mother's family was from Germany, Russia, Romania. One in film was in Midnight Cowboy. Prior to that, he filled the role of "Linus" in the original off-Broadway production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1967. In 1979 he received a Tony Award nomination in The Inspector General.Bob Balaban – Balaban at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
6. David Bradley (director) – David Shedd Bradley was an American motion picture director, actor, film collector, university instructor. He attended the Todd School from 1935 to 1937, Lake Forest Academy during 1937-1940. He then spent a year at the Goodman Memorial Theatre Drama Department of the Art Institute of Chicago. During this time, he also directed a feature-length 16 version of Peer Gynt with 17-year-old Charlton Heston in the title role. His studies at Northwestern University were interrupted during World War II. He graduated in 1950 from the university's School of Speech. Bradley later taught film studies at Santa Monica City College. David Bradley at the Internet Movie Database David Bradley Papers, Northwestern University Archives. David S. Bradley Film Collection, Indiana University.David Bradley (director) – Production shot from Julius Caesar with David Bradley in costume in back of the camera
8. Dick Crockett – Dick Crockett, born Richard DeHart Crockett, was an American television and film actor, stunt performer, stunt coordinator, producer, director. The first film he worked on was Room Service in 1938. He began acting and doing stunt work in Bachelor Mother and The Hunchback of Notre Dame respectively. He appeared in Munster, Go Home! and Batman which were both released in 1966 and based on the respective television shows. Crockett continued until the late 1970s. A few years later he became a second director for Darling Lili, The Moonshine War and Wild Rovers. In 1976 Crockett took his acting role as President Gerald Ford in The Pink Panther Strikes Again. His last work was as a stunt coordinator for 10 in 1979. The film was dedicated to him, as he died later that year of a attack in Los Angeles. Dick Crockett at the Internet Movie Database Dick Crockett at Memory AlphaDick Crockett – Dick Crockett as Morgan from Batman
9. Sid Davis – Sidney "Sid" Davis was an American director and producer who specialized in social guidance films. He was born on April 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. Davis was born to a seamstress mother. Davis moved in 1920. The family moved to Hollywood, California when Davis was four years old. In 1920 Davis began working for a comedy made by Harold Lloyd. Davis began working as a child, landing bit parts. Davis dropped out of high school to help support his parents. When he was older Davis often worked for Leif Erickson and John Wayne. In November 1949 Linda Joyce Glucoft, a six-year-old girl in California, was molested and murdered by a man named Fred Stroble. The FBI searched for Stroble. The story was led to a flurry of reported rapes and attempted rapes. Some media began to speculate that the supposed epidemic of rape was simply media manipulation of public perception. He stated that the tragedy particularly disturbed him because his then-six-year-old Jill did not seem to pay attention to his warnings about strangers. Wayne suggested that Davis make the film.Sid Davis
10. Gene Deitch – Eugene Merril "Gene" Deitch is an American illustrator, animator and film director. Deitch was born in Chicago, Illinois, Ruth Delson Deitch. In 1929, Deitch attended school in Hollywood. He began working for North American Aviation, drawing aircraft blueprints. In 1943, Deitch underwent pilot training before catching pneumonia and being honorably discharged in May of the following year. Beginning his cartooning and career, Deitch contributed covers and interior art to the jazz magazine The Record Changer. A skit about Terr ` ble Thompson had been recorded with actor Art Carney and bandleader Mitch Miller participating. That led to the daily strip, which ran to April 14, 1956. In 1959, Deitch founded Inc. which primarily produced television commercials. Deitch has stated being a "UPA man", he was not a fan of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, thinking they were "needlessly violent." However, it was merely "a parody of exaggerated human emotions." With producer William L. Snyder, Deitch co-produced directed a series of TV shorts of Krazy Kat for King Features from 1962 to 1964. The Bluffers, based on one of Deitch's ideas, was also co-produced by him. Also in 1966, Deitch created a young adventurer in Terr ` ble Tessie. Until his retirement in 2006 Deitch was the leading animation director for the Connecticut organization Weston Woods/Scholastic, adapting children's picture books.Gene Deitch – Gene Deitch
11. William Friedkin – Some of his other films include Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A. Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, Killer Joe. Friedkin was born in the son of Rachael and Louis Friedkin. His father was a semi-professional softball player, men's clothing salesman. His mother, whom Friedkin called "a saint," was an operating room registered nurse. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. His grandparents, other relatives fled Ukraine during a particularly violent anti-Jewish pogrom in 1903. The family was generally lower middle class while he was growing up. According to historian Peter Biskind, "Friedkin viewed his father with a mixture of affection and contempt for not making more of himself." According to The Friedkin Connection, Friedkin had the utmost affection for his father. Friedkin attended public schools in Chicago. He enrolled at Senn High School, where he played basketball enough to consider turning professional. Friedkin was not a serious student and barely received grades good enough to graduate, which he did at the age of 16. According to Friedkin, this was because of social promotion and not because he was bright. Friedkin has cited Citizen Kane as one of his key influences. Only then, Friedkin did he become a true cineaste.William Friedkin – Friedkin in 2012 at the Deauville American Film Festival
12. Donald Gallaher – Donald Gallaher was an American actor who appeared in 25 films between 1903 and 1949. He also directed five films, including Temple Tower. Gallaher was born in Quincy, Illinois. After moving to New York City as a child with his mother, he began acting in productions such as A Royal Family. His name is sometimes misspelled "Gallagher". Gallaher appeared in a bit part in the 23-chapter serial The Million Dollar Mystery. He co-starred in the two-reeler Love's Old Sweet Song filmed in Lee De Forest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. Later in life, he produced Broadway directed films, including Temple Tower, June First, The Hot Spot. In 1949, using he served as narrator of the ABC Television Players, a short-lived dramatic anthology series broadcast from Chicago.Donald Gallaher – Gallaher in 1904, when he was earning $100/week.
13. Jeff Garlin – Jeffrey Todd "Jeff" Garlin is an American comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer, podcast host and author. He currently stars in the ABC sitcom, The Goldbergs. Garlin was born in Chicago, Illinois to Gene and Carole Garlin. Garlin grew up in Illinois, where his father had a plumbing supply business called Bilko and his mother was active in community theater. He has a younger brother, Michael. Garlin is Jewish and attended Hebrew school. Garlin says he has wanted to be a comedian since he was eight when he saw Jimmy Durante perform in Chicago. Garlin attended Melzer Elementary School in Morton Grove, Illinois. Garlin had to stop, because he has a heart ailment. When Garlin was in sixth grade, his father sold his supply business and the family relocated to South Florida. He graduated from Nova High School, Davie, Florida in 1980. He attended Broward Community College, followed by a stint at the University of Miami studying film, but eventually dropped out. He began performing stand-up comedy there. In 1984, aged 22, Garlin moved back to Chicago to pursue a stand-up comedy career. He performed with the comedy troupe The Second City.Jeff Garlin – Garlin in 2010
14. Lillian Gish – She is credited with pioneering fundamental film performing techniques. In her later years she became a dedicated advocate for the preservation of silent film. She is widely considered to be one of the greatest actresses in cinema history. She was born to Mary Robinson McConnell and James Leigh Gish. Gish had Dorothy, who also became a popular movie star. The several generations of Gishes were Dunkard ministers. Her great-great-great-grandfather received a land grant from William Penn.. Her great-great-grandfather is buried in a cemetery in Pennsylvania for such soldiers. Letters between a Pennsylvania college professor indicate that her knowledge of her family background was limited. Gish's father was an unreliable alcoholic. When he left the family, her mother took up acting to support them. The family moved to Illinois, where they lived for several years with Lillian's aunt and uncle, Henry and Rose McConnell. The girls helped sell popcorn and candy to patrons of the old Majestic Theater, located next door. The girls attended St. Henry's School, where they acted in school plays. Lillian traveled to Shawnee, Oklahoma, to see her father, who by then was institutionalized in an Oklahoma City hospital.Lillian Gish – Lillian Gish, 1921
15. Daniel Carson Goodman – Dr. Daniel Carson Goodman was an American screenwriter and licensed physician. Goodman wrote the storyline for 28 silent films – the first of them was Sapho. He worked as miscellaneous crew in three films, directed one film, Thoughtless Women. He also achieved notoriety after the banning of a book he had written called Hagar Revelly, originally published in 1913. It became the subject of United States v. Kennerley. Goodman was apparently a licensed doctor in addition to his involvement in production. Goodman accompanied a dying Ince to shore where physicians could attend him. Ince however died before reaching the hospital. He was engaged to marry the actress Florence La Badie. He was also married to January 1925 when they were divorced. She died in 1931. Sapho The Green-Eyed Devil Imar the Servitor The Battle of the Sexes Souls in Bondage Her Bleeding Heart Thoughtless Women What's Wrong with the Women? The Daring Years Works by or about Daniel Carson Goodman at Internet Archive Daniel Carson Goodman at the Internet Movie DatabaseDaniel Carson Goodman – Daniel Carson Goodman
16. Tim Guinee – Timothy S. "Tim" Guinee is an American stage, television, feature film actor. Guinee, who has two sisters, was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Illinois and Texas. He attended the High School in Houston, Texas before he founded a theater group in Texas. Later he moved to New York in order to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following this study, he attended the North Carolina School of Arts in Winston-Salem, where he had his film debut. He met Daisy Foote, at the production of Hallmark Hall of Fame: Lily Dale. Daisy is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote, who adapted himself. In 2005, he starred as producer Sam Phillips in the Golden Globe winning miniseries Elvis. Guinee stars as Ben Matheson in Revolution. He was a cast regular in AMC's Hell on Wheels, playing entrepreneur Collis Huntington.Tim Guinee – Tim Guinee
17. Charlton Heston – Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star, Heston appeared over the course of 60 years. Heston played Moses in The Ten Commandments, for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination. Heston also starred in the films The Greatest Show on Earth, The Big Country. Civil rights in the 1960s, Heston later became a Republican, founding a conservative political action committee and supporting Ronald Reagan. Heston's most famous role in politics came from 1998 to 2003. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, Heston retired from the NRA presidency. He died on April 2008, aged 84, from pneumonia. Charlton Heston was born to Lilla and Russell Whitford Carter, a sawmill operator. Many sources indicate he was born in Evanston, Illinois. He said in a 1995 interview that he was not very good at his early childhood. The majority of his ancestry was English. His earliest immigrant ancestors arrived from England in the 1600s. William Charlton and Mary Drysdale Charlton, were English. They immigrated to Canada, where Marian Emily Charlton, was born in 1872.Charlton Heston – Heston as President Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady - 1953
18. Reginald Hudlin – Reginald Alan Hudlin is an American writer, film director, producer. He served as President of Entertainment from 2005 to 2008. He co-produced the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in 2016. He directed House Party and Boomerang. He was a producer of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Hudlin was born in Centreville, the son of Helen, a teacher, Warrington W. Hudlin, Sr. an insurance executive and teacher. Warrington Hudlin, is also a film director, as well as an actor and producer. It would serve as the basis for his first film of the same name. For two years he has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards. The show got its highest rating in 2013, then became the highest rated show in the history of TV One in 2014. He was a reoccurring producer and director for three years. From 2005 to 2008, Hudlin was the President of Entertainment for BET. He was one of the producers of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson. On January 2013, Hudlin received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for the film. Hudlin is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.Reginald Hudlin – Reginald Hudlin
19. John Hughes (filmmaker) – John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director, producer, screenwriter. Hughes was born to a mother who volunteered in John Hughes, Sr. who worked in sales. He spent the first twelve years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Hughes described himself as "kind of quiet" as a kid. "I grew up in a neighborhood, mostly girls and old people. There weren't any boys my age, so I spent a lot of time by myself, imagining things. And every time we would get established somewhere, we would move. Life just started to get good in seventh grade, then we moved to Chicago. I ended up in a really big high school, I didn't know anybody. But then The Beatles came along changed my whole life. And then Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home came out and really changed me. I was another. In 1963, Hughes's family moved to Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where Hughes's father found work selling roofing materials. There Hughes attended Glenbrook North High School, which gave him inspiration for the films that made his reputation in later years. After dropping out of the University of Arizona, Hughes began selling jokes to well-established performers such as Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers.John Hughes (filmmaker) – John Hughes
20. Henry Kolker – Joseph Henry Kolker Berlin, Germany – July 15, 1947, Los Angeles, California) was an American stage and film actor and director. He came at the age of five and his family settled in Quincy, Illinois. Kolker, like fellow actors Richard Bennett and Robert Warwick, had a substantial career behind him before entering silent films. On stage he appeared opposite leading ladies as Edith Wynne Matthison, Bertha Kalich and Ruth Chatterton. Another well remembered part is as Mr. Seton, Lew Ayres in the 1938 film Holiday directed by George Cukor. Kolker entered films as an actor in 1915 and eventually ended up trying his hand at directing. Kolker's best known directorial effort is Disraeli, starring George Arliss, now a lost film with only one reel remaining. Prints however exist in Europe and Russia.Henry Kolker – Kolker (circa 1910)
21. Robert Z. Leonard – Robert Zigler Leonard was an American film director, actor, producer, screenwriter. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was nominated for Best Director for The Divorcee and The Great Ziegfeld. The latter won. One of the most odd credits in his filmography is The Bribe with its sleazy settings, slippery characters, steamy atmosphere. Robert Leonard died in Beverly Hills, California. He is interred near his wife, Gertrude Olmstead.Robert Z. Leonard – Robert Z. Leonard
22. John Malkovich – John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, director, producer. Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 films. For his roles In the Line of Fire, Malkovich received Academy Award nominations. He was born in Christopher, Illinois. His paternal grandparents were Croatian, hailing from Ozalj. His mother was of English, German, Scottish ancestry. Malkovich grew up in Benton, Illinois where his next door neighbor was future basketball star Doug Collins. Daniel Leon Malkovich, was a state conservation director and publisher of Outdoor Illinois, a conservation magazine. Joe Anne, owned the Benton Evening News, as well as Outdoor Illinois. He has an older brother. He attended Logan Grade School, Benton Consolidated High School. During his high school years, Malkovich appeared in the musical Carousel. Malkovich was also active in a folk group, singing in area churches and community events. As a member of a local summer project, Malkovich co-starred in Jean-Claude van Itallie's America Hurrah in 1972. Upon graduating from high school, Malkovich entered Eastern Illinois University, then transferred to Illinois State University, where he majored in theater.John Malkovich – Malkovich in August 2009
23. Anna Malle – Anna Malle was the stage name of an American pornographic actress and posthumous inductee into the AVN Hall of Fame. According to IAFD, one of her first appearances was in Dirty Debutantes, Vol. 37, with Ed Powers. She performed in over 360 films, frequently with her husband Hank Armstrong as co-star. Of those films, she has a directorial credit of them in addition to performing in them. While Malle performed a variety of scenes, her most popular scenes involved lesbianism and sex. Videos based on archival footage are still being released after her death. She appeared in the groundbreaking, blockbuster hit Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle, where she performed with Tony Eveready. She also performed including appearances on HBO's Real Sex 18 in 1997 and the Playboy Channel. Malle was killed on January 25, 2006.Anna Malle – Anna Malle
24. Oscar Micheaux – Oscar Devereaux Micheaux was an African American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. He produced both silent films and sound films when the industry changed to incorporate speaking actors. He was born on January 1884. He was the fifth child born to Calvin S. and Belle Micheaux, who had a total of 13 children. In his later years, Micheaux added an “e” to his last name. His father was born a slave in Kentucky. Because of its surname, his father's family appears to have been associated with French-descended settlers. French Huguenot refugees had settled in 1700; their descendants took slaves west when they migrated after the American Revolutionary War. In his later years, Micheaux wrote about the social oppression he experienced as a young boy. To give education, his parents relocated for better schooling. Micheaux attended a well-established school for several years before the family eventually ran into money troubles and were forced to relocate to the farm. Unhappy, Micheaux became rebellious and discontented. His struggles caused internal problems within his family. His father was not happy with him and sent him away to do marketing within the city. When Micheaux was 17 years old, he moved to Chicago, Illinois to live with his older brother, then working as a waiter.Oscar Micheaux – Oscar Micheaux
25. Vincente Minnelli – In addition to having directed some of the most well-remembered musicals of his time, Minnelli made many melodramas. He was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951; they were the parents of Liza Minnelli. His father was musical conductor of Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. His Chicago-born mother was with a strong probability of American lineage included via her Mackinac Island, Michigan born mother. The family toured small towns primarily in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois before settling permanently in Delaware, Ohio. Domenico Minnelli had been Vice-Chancellor of the Gran Corte Civile in Palermo at the time he helped organize the January 12, 1848 uprising there. While traveling as a piano demonstrator for Knabe Pianos, Vincenzo met his future wife Nina Picket during a stop in Delaware, Ohio. Although there's no confirmation of Vincenzo working at Ohio Wesleyan University, he was indeed a music teacher and composer. Both the U.S. Library of Congress and the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL have Vincenzo Minnelli compositions in their collections. In 1811 he was an incorporator of The Society of Teachers of the City of New York. With his son John W. Picket he published a number of school books, including The Juvenile Expositor in 1816. In his later years he retired to Delaware, Ohio and died there in 1850. Following his high graduation, Minnelli moved to Chicago, where he lived briefly with an aunt. His first job was at Marshall Field's store as a dresser.Vincente Minnelli – Minnelli circa 1950s
26. Tom O'Horgan – Tom O'Horgan was an American theatre and film director, composer, actor and musician. He is best known for his Broadway work as director of the hit musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. As a child he wrote operas, including one entitled Doom of the Earth at age 12. O'Horgan received his degree from DePaul University where he learned to play dozens of musical instruments. After graduating he also performed with the Second City, the Chicago improvisational theater company. He began acting downtown at places like Judson Memorial Church. During this time he developed a club act where he performed improvisational humor as he accompanied himself on the harp. Of commercial theater, he believed that people are "hung up on chandeliers because they insist that the one-dimensional, verbal Ibsenite theater is the only theater. But this is an aberration of the 19th century. If the ideas are the primary thing, it's not theater. Theater has always meant dance, art. That's what the Greek theater was." Though he would become well known for his Broadway work, he was more comfortable in the Off-Broadway world. Of course, I'll continue working with La MaMa. Where else can you work things out?Tom O'Horgan – Tom O'Horgan
27. Harold Ramis – Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, writer, comedian. His best-known film acting roles were as Russell Ziskey in Stripes; he also co-wrote those films. As a writer-director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Analyze This. Ramis' films influenced subsequent generations of comedians and comedy writers. Filmmakers including Jay Roach, Jake Kasdan, Peter and Bobby Farrelly have cited his films as among their favorites. Ramis won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Groundhog Day. He had a Jewish upbringing. In his adult life, Ramis did not practice any religion. Afterward, he worked in St. Louis for seven months. Ramis later said of his time working there that it... prepared me well for when I went out to Hollywood to work with actors. It was actually very good training. And not just with actors; it was good training for just living in the world. It's knowing how to deal with people who might be reacting in a way that's connected to anxiety or grief or rage. As a director, you’re dealing with that constantly with actors. But if I were a businessman, I’d probably be applying those same principles to that line of work.Harold Ramis – Ramis in October 2009
28. Mark Romanek – Mark Romanek is an American filmmaker whose directing work includes feature films, television, music videos and commercials. He directed the 2010 film Never Let Me Go. His most notable music videos include "Hurt", "Closer", "Scream". He was born in the son of Shirlee and Marvin Romanek. Romanek credits seeing Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey at the age of nine with inspiring him to become a director. Romanek experimented with Super 8 and 16mm film while attending New Trier High School. Both teachers exposed students by significant figures of the American avant-garde cinema, such as Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, Paul Sharits. He subsequently graduated from its Roy H. Park School of Communications with a degree in cinema and photography. On set, he met Keith Gordon, playing De Palma's alter ego. Gordon remembers Romanek's entrance into production: Romanek released his first film, Static, in 1986. After a few years writing screenplays, he signed on with Satellite Films, a division of Propaganda Films. His subsequent work has come to be regarded among the best of the medium. One of his notable videos was for the Nine Inch Nails song "Closer". Its critical acclaim was only matched with many accusing the video as being disturbing and demonic. He would again work with Nine Inch Nails for the song "The Perfect Drug".Mark Romanek – Mark Romanek (2010)
29. Mark Schwahn – Mark Schwahn is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as creator, executive producer of the WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill. Schwahn has 35 Miles from Normal. In addition, he was creator of the series One Tree Hill, for which he also wrote and directed. He served as One Tree Hill. He also directed Miles from Normal, which he filmed in his hometown of Pontiac, Illinois. In March 2015 E! premièred The Royals. E! First scripted series follows the lives of a fictional British Monarchy. The Royals stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena Hendstridge, Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor, Jake Maskall as Cyrus Hendsdrige. It had not started until June 2009. Until then, he was under a pact with Warner Bros. Television, where he ran One Tree Hill. In early 2009, it was announced Schwahn would not be working on the project. Schwahn grew up in Pontiac, Illinois.Mark Schwahn – Mark Schwahn, 2012
30. Gary Sinise – Gary Alan Sinise is an American actor, director and musician. Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, has been nominated for an Academy Award. Sinise is known for several memorable roles. In 2016, Sinise began starring in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. He was born in his wife Mylles Sinise. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, Sinise's great-grandfather Vito Sinisi having immigrated from Ripacandida. In 1974, Jeff Perry, founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Sinise honed his acting and directing skills at Steppenwolf, received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his direction of Lyle Kessler's play Orphans. That took him from Chicago to New York City, then to London's West End, where he worked on more than thirty of the company's productions. In 1982, Sinise's career began to take off when he directed and starred in Steppenwolf's production of True West. In 1988, he directed Miles from a film starring about two brothers' fight against the foreclosure of the family farm. He collaborated with fellow actor Tom Hanks three times, including The Green Mile. Noteworthy films in which Sinise has appeared include Of Mice and Men, Reindeer Games, Snake Eyes, Ransom, Mission to Mars, Impostor. He narrated the audiobooks for John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley. In 2004, Sinise began his regular television series, in which he plays Detective Mac Taylor.Gary Sinise – Sinise at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert.
31. Fisher Stevens – Fisher Stevens is an American actor, director, producer and writer. As an actor, he is best known for his portrayals of Ben Jahrvi on Short Circuit. He was born Steven Fisher in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sally, Norman Fisher, a furniture executive. Steven has described himself as a "thin, Jewish kid from Chicago". He co-founded the Naked Angels Theater Company in 1986. He also co-founded a film-production company located in Tribeca, New York City, in 1996. Stevens performed on Lou Reed's album The Raven in 2003. He is also an accomplished player. His television credits include Columbo, Frasier, Friends, Law & Order, Key West, Lost. He appeared on two episodes of the television Numb3rs. Fisher also has a Broadway and off-Broadway career spanning nearly three decades. He played Jigger Craigin in Hammerstein's Carousel. Throughout his career, he directed more than 50 stage productions. In 2010, Fisher co-founded Insurgent Media, with Andrew Karsch and Erik H. Gordon. The two had appeared together at The Public Theater about 20 years earlier.Fisher Stevens – Stevens at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival
32. Jeff Stryker – Jeff Stryker is an American porn star who has starred in bisexual, gay, straight adult films. He lives in California. Jeff Stryker grew up in Springfield. His father was a car salesman and his mother was a nurse. There was a wave. Consequently, Jeff was often involved in fights. At age 13, he was sent to military school by his parents, who got a divorce while he was away. He describes himself as sexually "universal". He has also said, "I don’t define myself as anything." Jeff also starred in the short film by German cult director Rosa Von Praunheim Can I Be Your Bratwurst Please?. Under character Jeff Stryker, Charles also co starred in "The Judge who loved death" starring James Brolin, as well as in a feature titled "Dirty Love". The “Jeff Stryker Cock and Balls,” a dildo fashioned from a cast of his penis, is widely sold in sex stores. Filmmaker and author John Waters called Jeff Stryker “the Cary Grant of porno.” American comedian Margaret Cho's routines involve her love for his films. In her show, Assassin, she discusses in detail the many places one can use the dildo.Jeff Stryker – Jeff Stryker in 2007
33. Kanye West – Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur. Music. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak. West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016. Outside of music have received significant attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct in public settings. He is the head of the creative DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015. West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three years old. After the divorce, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois.Kanye West – West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
34. Alfred Zeisler – Alfred Zeisler was an American-born German film producer, director, actor and screenwriter. He produced 29 films between 1936. He also directed 16 films between 1949. He was died in Camano Island, Washington. Alfred Zeisler at the Internet Movie Database Alfred Zeisler at AllMovieAlfred Zeisler – Alfred Zeisler
35. Robert Zemeckis – Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American filmmaker and screenwriter frequently credited as an innovator in visual effects. In the 1990s he diversified including 1994's Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director. The films he has directed have ranged for both adults and families. Zemeckis was born in the son of Rosa and Alphonse Zemeckis. His mother was Italian. Zemeckis grew up on the south side of the city. He attended Fenger Academy High School. Zemeckis has said "the truth was that in my family there was no art. I mean, there was no music, there were no books, there was no theater... The only thing I had, inspirational, was television—and it actually was." As a child, he was fascinated by his parents' 8 mm film home movie camera. Along with enjoying movies, Zemeckis remained an avid watcher. "You hear much about the problems with television," he said, "but I think that it saved my life." After being heavily influenced by it, Zemeckis decided that he wanted to go to film school. My parents would say, ` Don't you see where you come from?Robert Zemeckis – Zemeckis at the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival.
36. Edward Zwick – Edward M. Zwick is an American filmmaker and Academy Award-winning film and television producer. He has worked primarily including About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai. Zwick was born into a Jewish family in the son of Ruth Ellen and Allen Zwick. His films include Glory, Legends of the Fall, The Siege, The Last Samurai, Defiance. Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a film company called The Bedford Falls Company. The TV shows thirtysomething, Relativity, Once and Again, My So-Called Life. Despite being in the same profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick. About Last Night... "The Current Cinema: Survivors". The New Yorker. 84: 72–73. Retrieved March 2009. Review of Defiance. Edward Zwick on Charlie Rose Edward Zwick by or about Edward Zwick in libraries "Edward Zwick collected news and commentary". The New York Times.Edward Zwick – Edward Zwick in 2008