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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 Rocksteppy
Latest Project:
Movie I Know Catherine, The Log Lady 2020-12-31
Known For
Poster of The Reality of Truth
Poster of My Beautiful Broken Brain
Poster of Peixe Vermelho
Poster of The A-Z of Separating People from their Money
Movie Rocksteppy Himself 2021
Movie A Fall from Grace William Tabb 2021
Movie The Music of David Lynch Benefit Concert 2021
Movie I Know Catherine, The Log Lady Himself 2020-12-31
Movie Fire Is Coming 2019-04-17
Movie Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound Himself 2019-10-25
Movie Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers Himself 2017-12-05
Movie WHAT DID JACK DO? Detective 2017-11-08
Movie A Very Lovely Dream: One Week in Twin Peaks Himself 2017-12-20
Movie Girlfriend's Day Narrator (voice) 2017-01-24
Movie David Lynch: The Art Life Himself 2017-02-15
Movie The Black Ghiandola Man In Black 2017-04-22
Movie Lucky Howard 2017-09-29
Movie Along for the Ride Himself 2017-11-03
Movie See You on the Other Side Dear Friend Himself 2017-12-05
Movie I Had Bad Milk in Dehradun Himself 2017-12-05
Movie A Pot of Boiling Oil Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Two Blue Balls Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Bad Binoculars Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Behind the Red Curtain Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Number of Completion Himself 2017-12-05
Movie A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Polish Accountant Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Tell It Martin Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Shadows of Paradise 2016-10-11
Movie Blue Velvet Revisited Himself 2016-10-07
Movie On Meditation Himself 2016-07-27
Movie The Reality of Truth Himself 2016-07-19
Movie Brand: A Second Coming Himself 2015-03-13
Movie Rammstein in Amerika Himself 2015-09-25
Movie Between Two Worlds Himself 2014-07-29
Movie The 8th Floor 2014-05-10
Movie My Beautiful Broken Brain Himself 2014-11-21
Movie It's a Beautiful World Himself 2014-04-21
Movie Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Gordon Cole 2014-07-29
Movie Professor Goudet's Lessons 2013-04-06
Movie Mel Brooks: Make a Noise Himself 2013-05-20
Movie What is Cinema? Himself 2013-09-06
Movie Memory Film 2012-12-11
Movie Meditation Creativity Peace Himself 2012-11-15
Movie Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Himself 2012-09-05
Movie Side by Side Himself 2012-08-19
Series Louie Jack Dall 2010-06-29
Movie David Wants to Fly 2010-05-06
Movie 2012: Time for Change Self 2010-10-08
Series The Cleveland Show Unknown 2009-09-27
Movie Peixe Vermelho O Sábio 2009-06-16
Movie Great Directors Himself 2009-05-19
Movie La traversée du désir 2009-03-16
Movie Twin Peaks Festival Greeting 2008 Himself 2008-11-25
Movie Crítico Himself (voice) 2008-01-28
Movie Elvis: Viva Las Vegas Himself 2008-09-16
Movie Hollyshorts Greeting Himself 2008-11-25
Movie Early Experiments 2008-11-25
Movie Boat 2007-01-30
Movie David Lynch Cooks Quinoa Himself 2007-08-14
Movie Out Yonder (Neighbor Boy) 2007-09-10
Movie A Slice of Lynch 2007-10-30
Movie Lynch 2007-01-01
Movie Le son de Lynch 2007-01-01
Movie Out Yonder Teeth 2007-01-01
Movie Out Yonder Chicken 2007-01-01
Movie Lynch 2 2007-01-01
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 Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments himself 2004-05-01
Movie The Making of: Mulholland Drive Himself 2004-04-05
Movie Lamp himself 2003-09-09
Movie The Short Films of David Lynch Himself 2002-06-01
Movie I Don't Know Jack Himself 2002-04-05
Movie Mysteries of Love Himself (archive footage) 2002-01-01
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 The A-Z of Separating People from their Money Himself 1998-10-18
Series Independent Focus Himself 1998-09-09
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
Movie Hollywood Mavericks Himself 1990-09-07
Series Twin Peaks FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole (voice) 1990-04-08
Movie David Lynch: Don't Look at Me Himself 1989-01-01
Movie Zelly and Me Willie 1988-04-15
Movie No Frank in Lumberton 1988-01-01
Movie Ruth, Roses, and Revolver Himself 1987-09-25
Movie Dune Spice Miner 1984-12-14
Movie The Elephant Man Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick 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