David Lean (I) (1908–1991)


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An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927. He ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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(1962)
Doctor Zhivago Director
(1965)
(1984)

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 1984 A Passage to India (edited by)
 1942 In Which We Serve (uncredited)
 1941 49th Parallel
 1941 Major Barbara
 1938 Pygmalion
 1937 Dreaming Lips
 1935 Turn of the Tide (uncredited)
 1935 Brewster's Millions (uncredited)
 1934 Java Head (uncredited)
 1934 Tiger Bay
 1934 The Fortunate Fool (as D. Lean)
 1933 Matinee Idol
 1932 Insult
 1930 The Night Porter (uncredited)
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Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

D. Lean | Sir David Lean

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)

Spouse:

Sandra Lean  (his death) | See more »

Children:

Lean, Peter

Parents:

Tangye, Helena | le Blount Lean, Francis William

Relatives:

Tangye Lean, Edward (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

[shortly before his death from cancer, to friend John Boorman] Haven't we been lucky, John? They let us make movies. See more »

Trivia:

In a BBC documentary, Steven Spielberg recounted how Lean (by then a personal friend) asked him to approach Warner Brothers on his behalf to persuade them to finance his film of Joseph Conrad's novel Nostromo. Spielberg did this and Warner's studio chief, who was also a personal friend of Spielberg's, agreed to fund the movie on a $20m budget. When Spielberg called Lean to give him the good news,... See more »

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Often collaborated with composer Maurice Jarre See more »

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