Baby Boomer Directors

by maxwellmcphee | created - 04 Jan 2020 | updated - 1 hour ago | Public

Directors born from 1946-1964, in order of birth date.

Some of the most notable directors on this list: 1946 (15) David Lynch Claire Denis John Waters Bruce Robinson Lasse Hallström Sylvester Stallone Randal Kleiser Paul Schrader Dennis Dugan Oliver Stone John Woo Ivan Reitman Andrew Davis Joe Dante Steven Spielberg 1947 (7) Rob Reiner Hou Hsiao-hsien Betty Thomas Stuart Gordon Nick Castle David Zucker Edward Yang 1948 (4) John Carpenter Christopher Guest Errol Morris Michael Lembeck 1949 (9) Jim Sheridan Rob Cohen John Madden Wayne Wang Terry Zwigoff Pedro Almodóvar Jon Avnet Nancy Meyers Takao Okawara 1950 (8) Ronny Yu John Hughes Jerry Zucker Kenny Ortega Phillip Noyce Joe Johnston John Landis Howard Deutch 1951 (9) John McTiernan Robert Zemeckis Richard Rich Abel Ferrara Martin Brest Mamoru Oshii Julian Schnabel Zhang Yimou Kathryn Bigelow 1952 (8) Kevin Reynolds Dean Parisot Gus Van Sant Brian Levant Edward Zwick Henry Selick Julie Taymor Terry George 1953 (10) Jim Jarmusch Barry Sonnenfeld Ron Clements Russell Mulcahy Jean-Pierre Jeunet Alex Gibney Charles Martin Smith Ron Underwood John Musker James Foley 1954 (10) Anthony Minghella Ron Howard Chang-dong Lee Donald Petrie Jackie Chan Michael Moore Amy Heckerling James Cameron Ang Lee Joel Coen 1955 (12) Jeremiah Chechik Masaaki Tezuka Kevin Costner Shûsuke Kaneko Béla Tarr Paul Greengrass Tommy Wiseau David Twohy Catherine Hardwicke Bill Condon Fernando Meirelles Roland Emmerich 1956 (12) Mel Gibson Lars Von Trier Giuseppe Tornatore John Wells Kar-Wai Wong Tony Gilroy Danny Boyle Gary Ross Richard Curtis Larry Charles John Lee Hancock Peter Farrely 1957 (16) John Lasseter Frank Miller Spike Lee Chris Wedge Michael Lehmann Aki Kaurismäki Jay Roach Phyllida Lloyd Jonathan Dayton Cameron Crowe Ken Kwapis Paweł Pawlikowski Ethan Coen Brad Bird Michael Caton-Jones Oliver Hirschbiegel 1958 (13) Chris Buck Chuck Russel Keenen Ivory Wayans Bobby Farrelly David O. Russel Tim Burton Chris Columbus Valerie Faris Stephen Herek Charlie Kaufman Nick Park Raja Gosnell Tom Shadyac 1959 (12) Nuri Bilge Ceylan Frank Darabont Renny Harlin Luc Besson David Frankel Alan Taylor Daniel Alfredson Dan Gilroy Steve Martino Todd Solondz Sam Raimi Gregg Araki 1960 (15) Gurinder Chadha Simon Curtis Vicky Jenson Alastair Fothergill Stephen Daldry Hideaki Anno Gary Trousdale Jafar Panahi Atom Egoyan Richard Linklater Takashi Miike Oliver Parker John Curran Rob Marshall Kenneth Branagh 1961 (16) Eric Darnell John Hillcoat Simon West Todd Haynes Brian Helgeland Alexander Payne Andrea Arnold Gary Winick George Clooney Tarsem Singh Tom Ford Peter Jackson Alfonso Cuarón Jonathan Mostow Shane Black Sion Sono 1962 (14) Peter Hewitt Peter Segal Chris Sanders Stephen Sommers Bobcat Goldthwait Steven Brill Hirokazu Kore-Eda Stephen Chow Rob Minkoff David Fincher Paul Feig Baz Luhrman Mike Judge Rajkumar Hirani 1963 (25) Neil Burger Steven Soderbergh Debra Granik Jean-Marc Vallée Neil Labute Quentin Tarantino Michel Gondry Rich Moore James Marsh Gavin Hood Jon Turteltaub Alejandro G. Iñárritu Chan-wook Park Kirk Wise Paul MGuigan Alex Proyas David Yates Satoshi Kon Ted Demme Brian Henson Brian Robbins Armando Iannucci James Mangold Gavin O'Connor Gaspar Noé 1964 (15) Brad Anderson Ashutosh Gowariker Peter Berg Gore Verbinski Pierre Morel Jee-woon Kim Andrew Niccol Joss Whedon Mark Waters Peyton Reed Greg Mottola Guillermo Del Toro Tim Miller Wilson Yip Adam Shankman

1. Diane Keaton

Actress | Annie Hall

Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. She studied Drama at Santa Ana College, before dropping out in favor of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New ...

2. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

2. Steve Kanaly

Actor | Dallas

Steve Kanaly was born on March 14, 1946 in Burbank, California, USA as Steven Francis Kanaly. He is an actor and director, known for Dallas (1978), Dillinger (1973) and Sliding Home (1997). He has been married to Brent Power since March 27, 1975. They have two children.

4. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), Beau travail (1999) and 35 Shots of Rum (2008).

5. John Waters

Writer | Pecker

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore ...

6. Franc Roddam

Writer | Moby Dick

Franc Roddam was born on April 29, 1946 in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England as Francis George Roddam. He is a writer and producer, known for Moby Dick (1998), Aria (1987) and Dummy (1977).

6. Bruce Robinson

Writer | Withnail & I

Such is the mythology that has sprung up around Bruce Robinson's first film, the openly autobiographical Withnail & I (1987), that it's often hard to separate fact from fiction. But the facts appear to be these: trained as an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he got off to a...

7. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Hallström. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000) and The Cider House Rules (1999). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. ...

8. Ron Silver

Actor | Timecop

Ron Silver was born on July 2, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Ronald Arthur Silver. He was an actor and director, known for Timecop (1994), Reversal of Fortune (1990) and Find Me Guilty (2006). He was married to Lynne Miller. He died on March 15, 2009 in New York City.

9. Sylvester Stallone

Actor | Rocky

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of ...

10. Cheech Marin

Actor | Born in East L.A.

Cheech Marin was born on July 13, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Anthony Marin. He is an actor, known for Born in East L.A. (1987), Tin Cup (1996) and Up in Smoke (1978). He has been married to Natasha Rubin since August 8, 2009. He was previously married to Patti Heid and Rikki ...

11. Randal Kleiser

Director | Flight of the Navigator

Randal Kleiser has been an internationally known film director since the release of his first feature, Grease (1978). Other features include The Blue Lagoon (1980) with Brooke Shields, Summer Lovers (1982) starring Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah, Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) with Jamie Lee Curtis, ...

13. Danny Glover

Actor | Lethal Weapon

Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 35 years.

Glover was born in San Francisco, California, to Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover, postal workers who were also active in civil rights. Glover trained at the Black ...

14. Paul Schrader

Writer | First Reformed

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...

15. Bill Forsyth

Director | Local Hero

Bill Forsyth was born on July 29, 1946 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland as William David Forsyth. He is a director and writer, known for Local Hero (1983), Gregory's Girl (1980) and Housekeeping (1987).

15. Barbara Kopple

Director | Harlan County U.S.A.

Barbara Kopple was born on July 30, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), American Dream (1990) and Shut Up & Sing (2006).

16. Dennis Dugan

Actor | Happy Gilmore

Dennis Dugan was born on September 5, 1946 in Wheaton, Illinois, USA as Dennis Barton Dugan. He is an actor and director, known for Happy Gilmore (1996), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) and Big Daddy (1999). He is married to Sharon Dugan. He was previously married to Joyce Van Patten.

18. 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 ...

19. John Woo

Director | Ying hung boon sik

Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow ...

20. Togo Igawa

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Togo Igawa is an actor/director living in England. In 1968 he joined the Theatre Centre 68 (precursor of the Black Tent Theatre), and went on to tour throughout Japan, performing in more than 120 cities. In 1983 he moved to England. In 1986, the opening season for the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon...

20. Dan O'Bannon

Writer | Alien

Dan O'Bannon was inspired at an early age by EC Comics like Tales from the Crypt and old horror films that he saw in St. Louis. He even wrote a few stories for Heavy Metal magazine (which also showed up in the film).

O'Bannon got his start when he and John Carpenter collaborated on the cult sci-fi ...

21. Vic Armstrong

Stunts | I Am Legend

Vic Armstrong was born on October 5, 1946 in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England as Victor Monroe Armstrong. He is known for his work on I Am Legend (2007), Left Behind (2014) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He is married to Wendy Leech. They have three children.

22. Charles Dance

Actor | Gosford Park

Charles Dance is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011), Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986),...

23. Ivan Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)...

24. Tom Savini

Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn

Actor/SFX wizard/stuntman/director Tom Savini was born in Pittsburgh. Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), a young Savini became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film. He spent his youth in his room creating characters by tirelessly practicing make-up. Later, as a combat ...

25. Krister Henriksson

Actor | Kyss mig

Krister Henriksson was born on November 12, 1946 in Häverö, Stockholms län, Sweden as Jan Krister Allan Henriksson. He is an actor and director, known for Kiss Me (2011), Sex hopp & kärlek (2005) and Waiting for the Tenor (1998). He has been married to Cecilia Nilsson since 1988. They have...

26. Andrew Davis

Director | The Fugitive

Director/Producer/Writer) Andrew Davis is a filmmaker with a reputation for directing intelligent thrillers, most notably the Academy Award-nominated box-office hit The Fugitive (1993), starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The film received seven Academy Award nominations including Best ...

27. Mark L. Lester

Director | Firestarter

Director, writer and producer Mark L. Lester has created high-action films throughout his career, including some of the world's biggest box office draws. His directorial expertise has garnered praise for such films as Arnold Schwarzenegger's box-office mega-hit Commando (1985), Stephen King's ...

28. Joe Dante

Director | Innerspace

Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (1976) (co-directed with Allan Arkush)...

29. John Rubinstein

Actor | Family

John Rubinstein is an actor, director, composer, singer, and teacher. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1946, the same year his father, the renowned Polish-born concert pianist Artur Rubinstein, became an American citizen. He is the youngest of four children. His sister, Eva, danced and ...

30. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

31. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

32. Stuart Baird

Editor | Skyfall

Stuart Baird was born on January 14, 1947 in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England. He is known for his work on Skyfall (2012), Superman (1978) and Casino Royale (2006).

33. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...

34. Stephen McHattie

Actor | Pontypool

Stephen McHattie was born on February 3, 1947 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada as Stephen McHattie Smith. He is an actor and director, known for Pontypool (2008), The Fountain (2006) and Watchmen (2009). He is married to Lisa Houle. They have three children. He was previously married to Meg Foster...

35. Rob Reiner

Actor | All in the Family

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....

36. Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Producer | Ci ke Nie Yin Niang

Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed ...

37. Uli Edel

Director | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Uli Edel was born on April 11, 1947 in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Christiane F. (1981) and Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga (2013).

38. Peter Riegert

Actor | The Mask

Peter Riegert was born on April 11, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Mask (1994), National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Oscar (1991).

39. Charles Frank

Actor | The Right Stuff

Charles Frank was born on April 17, 1947 in Olympia, Washington, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Right Stuff (1983), All My Children (1970) and Filthy Rich (1982). He has been married to Susan Blanchard since June 25, 1977. They have one child.

40. Dorothy Lyman

Actress | All My Children

Dorothy Lyman was born on April 18, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Dorothy Brightwell Lyman. She is an actress and director, known for All My Children (1970), Blow (2001) and Mama's Family (1983). She was previously married to Vincent Malle and John Tillinger.

41. Jill Jaress

Actress | The One-Nighter

Jill Jaress, CEO of "Got A Laugh Entertainment", completed her full-length romantic comedy, 1 Nighter (2012), in February 2012. She served as writer/producer/director and starred in it with Golden Globe nominee Timothy Bottoms.

Her first film titled, Someone to Love (2007), screened at Cannes to an ...

42. Larry David

Writer | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David was born on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Gene David. He is a writer and producer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Whatever Works (2009) and Seinfeld (1989). He has been married to Ashley Underwood since October 7, 2020. He was previously ...

45. Ross McElwee

Director | Sherman's March

Ross McElwee was born on July 21, 1947 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Ross Simonton McElwee III. He is a director and producer, known for Sherman's March (1985), Bright Leaves (2003) and Photographic Memory (2011). He has been married to Marilyn Levine since October 10, 1987. They have one ...

46. Albert Brooks

Actor | Drive

Albert Brooks was born on July 22, 1947 in Beverly Hills, California, USA as Albert Lawrence Einstein. He is an actor and writer, known for Drive (2011), Broadcast News (1987) and Defending Your Life (1991). He has been married to Kimberly Shlain since March 15, 1997. They have two children.

47. Betty Thomas

Self | Howard Stern

Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn...

48. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor | The 6th Day

With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...

48. Stuart Gordon

Writer | Re-Animator

Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, Gordon worked as a commercial artist apprentice prior to enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Unable to get into the film classes, he enrolled in an acting class and ended up ...

48. Sam Neill

Actor | Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities ...

49. Nick Castle

Director | The Last Starfighter

Nick Castle was born on September 21, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Nicholas Charles Castle Jr. He is a director and writer, known for The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) and Escape from New York (1981). He has been married to Mary Charlene Napp since December 31, ...

50. Stephen King

Writer | Maximum Overdrive

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock," but used the last name ...

51. Denis Lawson

Actor | Star Wars

Denis Lawson was born on September 27, 1947 in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland as Denis Stamper Lawson. He is an actor and director, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

52. David Zucker

Writer | Airplane!

Born on October 16, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, director/writer/producer David Zucker, along with brother Jerry (Ghost, 1990) Zucker and longtime friend, Jim (Hot Shots, 1991) Abrahams, has established himself among Hollywood's (or at least Wisconsin's) most successful filmmakers.

Starting ...

53. Edward Yang

Writer | Yi yi

Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. ...

55. Joe Mantegna

Actor | The Godfather: Part III

Joe Mantegna is an American actor who has made over 200 film and TV appearances. He is also a producer, writer, and director, and is probably best known for his role as Joey Zasa in the Francis Ford Coppola epic The Godfather: Part III (1990), in which he stars alongside Al Pacino and Andy Garcia.

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55. Jonathan Kaplan

Director | The Accused

Jonathan Kaplan was born in Paris, France, to film composer Sol Kaplan and actress Frances Heflin (the sister of actor Van Heflin and a regular on ABC's soap opera All My Children (1970). He started his career as a child actor in the Broadway production of "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," ...

57. David Mamet

Writer | House of Games

Born in 1947 in Chicago he was educated at Goddard College in Vermont and studied drama at New York's Nieghbourhood Playhouse before returning to Chicago and establishing the St Nicholas Theatre Company in 1972 and remained their resident writer for four years. The first of his plays to secure ...

58. James Keach

Actor | National Lampoon's Vacation

James Keach was born on December 7, 1947 in Savannah, Georgia, USA as James Peckham Keach. He is an actor and director, known for National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Walk the Line (2005) and Waiting for Forever (2010).

58. Bruce Kimmel

Actor | The First Nudie Musical

Since 1993, Mr. Kimmel has been one of the leading producers of theater music on CD, having produced over one hundred and thirty albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for producing the revival cast album of Hello, Dolly! and his album with jazz pianist Fred Hersch, I Never Told You, was also ...

59. Tim Matheson

Actor | National Lampoon's Animal House

Tim Matheson is an American actor, director and producer perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth talking 'Eric "Otter" Stratton' in the 1978 comedy, National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), but has had a variety of other well-known roles both before and since, including critical accolades...

61. Ted Lange

Actor | The Love Boat

Ted Lange was born on January 5, 1948 in Oakland, California, USA as Theodore William Lange. He is an actor and director, known for The Love Boat (1977), Prophet Nat (1992) and Othello (1989). He has been married to Mary Ley since 2001. He was previously married to Sherryl Thompson.

62. Carl Weathers

Actor | Predator

Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A famous and successful football star at San Diego State, he played with the Oakland Raiders and retired from the sport in 1974, in order to give full attention to his goal: to be a real actor. Weathers first played small parts ...

63. John Carpenter

Writer | The Fog

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

63. Nick Broomfield

Director | Ghosts

Nick Broomfield was born on January 30, 1948 in London, England. He is a director and producer, known for Ghosts (2006), Battle for Haditha (2007) and Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992).

64. Christopher Guest

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes),...

65. Errol Morris

Director | The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003's "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards.

Morris' first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven (1978) and Vernon, Florida (1981)). In the second movie, ...

66. David Hayman

Actor | The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

David Hayman was born on February 9, 1948 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland. He is an actor and director, known for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Sid and Nancy (1986) and Vertical Limit (2000). He is married to Alice Hayman. They have three children.

67. Mike Figgis

Director | Leaving Las Vegas

Mike Figgis was born on February 28, 1948 in Carlisle, Cumbria, England as Michael Figgis. He is a director and writer, known for Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Stormy Monday (1988) and Timecode (2000).

68. Billy Crystal

Actor | Forget Paris

Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York. He is the youngest of three sons born to Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His father was a well-known concert promoter who co-founded Commodore Records and his mother was a homemaker. His family were Jewish immigrants ...

69. Perry King

Actor | The Day After Tomorrow

Perry King was born on April 30, 1948 in Alliance, Ohio, USA as Perry Firestone King. He is an actor and director, known for The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Mandingo (1975) and Class of 1984 (1982).

70. Jerry Mathers

Actor | The Trouble with Harry

Jerry Mathers was born on June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA as Gerald P. Mathers. He is an actor and director, known for The Trouble with Harry (1955), Leave It to Beaver (1957) and The Love Boat (1977). He has been married to Teresa Modnick since January 30, 2011. He was previously married to ...

71. Joe Roth

Producer | The Great Debaters

Joe Roth was born on June 13, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Emanuel Roth. He is a producer, known for The Great Debaters (2007), Maleficent (2014) and Tears of the Sun (2003). He has been married to Irene Oh since April 8, 2006. He was previously married to Donna Roth.

72. Michael Lembeck

Director | Friends

Michael Lembeck was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA to Harvey Lembeck and Caroline Lembeck, both in show business. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1966 and his classmates in a drama course included Rob Reiner, Albert Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.

After continuing his drama studies at ...

74. Ben Burtt

Sound_department | WALL·E

Ben Burtt was born in New York, USA. Though he is a writer, an editor and a director, he is best known for his work as a sound designer. Ben has worked on many Pixar and Star Trek movies and all of the Star Wars movies. He is credited for creating Chewbacca's voice and sounds as well as the voice ...

75. Catherine Breillat

Writer | À ma soeur!

Catherine Breillat is a Paris based filmmaker and writer who became famous for her distinctively personal films on sexuality, gender trouble and sibling rivalry. Accused of being a "porno auteuriste", Breillat allowed for an unbiased view of sexuality and extended the language of mainstream movies....

76. Ian McElhinney

Actor | Hamlet

Ian McElhinney is a Northern Irish actor and director best known for his roles as General Dodonna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Val-El in Krypton, and as Ser Barristan Selmy in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Over a career spanning more than thirty years, McElhinney has accumulated a number of ...

76. John R. Cherry III

Director | Ernest in the Army

John R. Cherry III is a director and producer, known for Ernest in the Army (1998), Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1985) and Ernest Goes to Africa (1997).

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77. James Whitmore Jr.

Actor | Baa Baa Black Sheep

James Whitmore Jr. was born on October 24, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as James Allen Whitmore III. He is a director and actor, known for Black Sheep Squadron (1976), Hunter (1984) and Tequila and Bonetti (1992). He has been married to Salesha Ali since March 28, 1972. They have four ...

78. Bille August

Director | The House of the Spirits

Bille August was born on November 9, 1948 in Brede, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for The House of the Spirits (1993), Pelle the Conqueror (1987) and A Song for Martin (2001). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Annie Munksgaard and Masja ...

79. Agnieszka Holland

Director | Pokot

Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before ...

80. JoBeth Williams

Actress | Poltergeist

The product of a musical family, (Margaret) JoBeth Williams was born on December 6, 1948, in Houston, Texas, to Frances Faye (Adams), a dietitian, and Fredric Roger Williams, a wire/cable company manager and opera singer. Her father encouraged her early interest in theater during high school.

She ...

81. Melanie Chartoff

Actress | Alexander IRL

Melanie Chartoff was born on December 15, 1948 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Alexander IRL (2017) and Switched at Birth (2011). She has been married to Stan Friedman since July 5, 2013.

82. Steven Williams

Actor | Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Steven Williams was born on January 7, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), The Blues Brothers (1980) and The X-Files (1993).

83. Wayne Wang

Director | Smoke

Wayne Wang was born on January 12, 1949 in Hong Kong. He is a director and producer, known for Smoke (1995), Maid in Manhattan (2002) and Chan Is Missing (1982). He is married to Cora Miao.

84. Lawrence Kasdan

Writer | The Big Chill

Lawrence Kasdan was born on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA as Lawrence Edward Kasdan. He is a writer and producer, known for The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985) and Wyatt Earp (1994). He has been married to Meg Kasdan since November 28, 1971. They have two children.

86. Zbigniew Rybczynski

Director | The Orchestra

Zbigniew Rybczynski (Rib-chin-ski) was born on January 27, 1949, in Lodz, Poland, but was raised in Warsaw, where he attended an arts high school and was trained as a painter. He went on to study cinematography at the world-renowned Lodz Film School, where he began experimenting with the film ...

87. Jim Sheridan

Producer | In America

Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, He is a father of 4 daughters, father of Clodagh Cherie Sheridan , Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in ...

88. Rob Cohen

Director | DragonHeart

Rob Cohen is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. One of the 1970's "baby moguls", he built a thriving career as a producer, before concentrating full time on directing from the 1990's, with high adrenaline action blockbusters such as xXx (2002) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (...

88. Rob Cohen

Director | DragonHeart

Rob Cohen is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. One of the 1970's "baby moguls", he built a thriving career as a producer, before concentrating full time on directing from the 1990's, with high adrenaline action blockbusters such as xXx (2002) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (...

89. Anne De Salvo

Actress | Arthur

Anne De Salvo was born on April 3, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Arthur (1981), The Amati Girls (2000) and My Favorite Year (1982).

90. John Madden

Director | Shakespeare in Love

John Madden was born on April 8, 1949 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Proof (2005).

91. Carl Franklin

Director | One False Move

Carl Franklin studied history and dramatic arts at UC Berkeley. After several years as a television actor with guest shots, roles in TV movies, miniseries, and appearing as a regular on a few unsuccessful series, he returned to school and received his master's degree in directing from the American ...

92. Paul Brickman

Writer | Risky Business

Paul Brickman was born on April 23, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Risky Business (1983), True Crime (1999) and Uprising (2001).

93. Douglas Barr

Director | Dead Badge

Douglas Barr was born on May 1, 1949 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA as Douglas Gregor Barr. He is an actor and director, known for Dead Badge (1995), Spaced Invaders (1990) and Secrets of the Mountain (2010). He has been married to Clare Kirkconnell since June 9, 1984. They have one child.

94. Terry Zwigoff

Director | Ghost World

Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Zwigoff held several jobs before making his breakthrough feature: the documentary Crumb (1994) in 1994. His previous jobs included musician, shipping clerk, printer and welfare office worker. In fact, Zwigoff traces his film career back to discovering a rare blues ...

95. Kevin Corcoran

Actor | Old Yeller

Kevin Corcoran was born on June 10, 1949 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Kevin Anthony Corcoran. He was an assistant director and actor, known for Old Yeller (1957), Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960). He was married to Laura Soltwedel. He died on ...

96. Jeremy Thomas

Producer | The Last Emperor

His father was the film director Gerald Thomas who made some 40 films including the 'Carry on' series. Films were part of Jeremy's life since childhood when holiday were spent on locations or in the studios. From the age of 10 his only ambition was to make films .Originally he wanted to be a ...

97. Philip Casnoff

Actor | Strong Medicine

Philip Casnoff was born on August 3, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Philip L. Casnoff. He is an actor and director, known for Strong Medicine (2000), Sinatra (1992) and NCIS (2003). He has been married to Roxanne Hart since August 7, 1983. They have two children.

99. Julian Fellowes

Writer | Gosford Park

Julian Fellowes was born on August 17, 1949 in Cairo, Egypt as Julian Alexander Fellowes. He is a writer and actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Downton Abbey (2010) and From Time to Time (2009). He has been married to Emma Joy Kitchener-Fellowes since April 28, 1990. They have one child.

100. Patrick Kilpatrick

Actor | Minority Report

One of the finest screen/television character actors of his generation, playing against a spectrum of Hollywood's leading action heroes, Patrick Kilpatrick's entertainment career has spanned more than 170 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screen writer, director, and global ...



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