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David Lynch

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian", and which is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Indeed, the surreal and in many cases violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences. Moving around various parts of the United States as a child within his middle class family, Lynch went on to study painting in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. Deciding to devote himself more fully to this medium, he moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. Then being employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he proceeded to make two films. First, the science-fiction epic Dune (1984), which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film, Blue Velvet (1986), which was highly critically acclaimed. Proceeding to create his own television series with Mark Frost, the highly popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1992), he also created a cinematic prequel, Fire Walk With Me (1992), a road movie, Wild at Heart (1990), and a family film, The Straight Story (1999) in the same period. Turning further towards surrealist filmmaking, three of his following films worked on "dream logic" non-linear narrative structures, Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006). Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, for his films The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, and also received a screenplay Academy Award nomination for The Elephant Man. Lynch has twice won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the country's top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and then an Officier in 2007, while that same year, The Guardian described Lynch as "the most important director of this era". Allmovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", whilst the success of his films have led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist.

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Jan 20, 1946 In Missoula, Montana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Fall from Grace
Latest Project:
Movie A Very Lovely Dream: One Week in Twin Peaks 2017-12-20
Known For
Poster of See You on the Other Side Dear Friend
Poster of Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers
Movie A Fall from Grace William Tabb 2020
Movie Along for the Ride Himself 2017-11-03
Movie I Had Bad Milk in Dehradun Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Lucky Howard 2017-09-29
Movie Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers Himself 2017-12-05
Movie David Lynch: The Art Life Himself 2017-02-15
Movie A Very Lovely Dream: One Week in Twin Peaks Himself 2017-12-20
Movie Girlfriend's Day Narrator (voice) 2017-01-24
Movie See You on the Other Side Dear Friend Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Black Ghiandola Man In Black 2017-04-22
Movie Behind the Red Curtain Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair Himself 2017-12-05
Movie A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth Himself 2017-12-20
Movie A Pot of Boiling Oil Himself 2017-12-20
Movie Two Blue Balls Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Polish Accountant Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Tell It Martin Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Bad Binoculars Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Number of Completion Himself 2017-12-05
Movie On Meditation Himself 2016-07-27
Movie Blue Velvet Revisited Himself 2016-10-07
Movie Shadows of Paradise 2016-10-11
Movie Brand: A Second Coming Himself 2015-03-13
Movie It's a Beautiful World Himself 2014-04-21
Movie My Beautiful Broken Brain Himself 2014-11-21
Movie Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Gordon Cole 2014-07-29
Movie What is Cinema? Himself 2013-09-06
Movie Mel Brooks: Make a Noise Himself 2013-05-20
Movie Side by Side Himself 2012-08-19
Movie Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Himself 2012-09-05
Series Louie Jack Dall 2010-06-29
Movie David Wants to Fly 2010-05-06
Movie 2012: Time for Change Himself 2010-10-08
Movie Great Directors Himself 2010-07-02
Movie La traversée du désir 2009-03-16
Series The Cleveland Show Unknown 2009-09-27
Movie Elvis: Viva Las Vegas Himself 2008-09-16
Movie Le son de Lynch 2007-01-01
Movie Lynch 2007-01-01
Movie Out Yonder (Neighbor Boy) 2007-09-10
Movie A Slice of Lynch 2007-10-30
Movie Boat 2007-01-30
Series Torchwood Unknown 2006-10-22
Movie Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Himself 2006-06-20
Movie Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent Filmmaker Himself 2005-01-01
Movie The Making of: Mulholland Drive Himself 2004-04-05
Movie Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments himself 2004-05-01
Movie Lamp himself 2003-09-09
Movie Mysteries of Love Himself (archive footage) 2002-01-01
Movie I Don't Know Jack Himself 2002-04-05
Movie The Short Films of David Lynch Himself 2002-06-01
Movie Eraserhead Stories Himself 2001-09-06
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch Himself 1997-10-14
Movie Don Van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff Himself 1994-09-09
Movie Nadja Morgue Receptionist 1994-09-13
Movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Gordon Cole 1992-06-03
Series Twin Peaks FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole 1990-04-08
Movie Zelly and Me Willie 1988-04-15
Movie Dune Spice Miner (uncredited) 1984-12-14
Movie The Elephant Man Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited) 1980-10-02
Movie Heart Beat Painter 1980-04-25
Movie The Amputee Nurse 1974-01-01
Movie Sailing with Bushnell Keeler 1967-01-01
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18