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Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ The most visionary filmmaker of all time ” - TheNakedGenius
Sam Mendes
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ Just masterful ” - TheNakedGenius
Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ I Can't Think Of A Better Director Of Characters ” - TheNakedGenius
Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ Oh. Oh, Good Sir. Where Should I Begin? ” - TheNakedGenius
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
“ Just Whooah ” - TheNakedGenius
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ C'Mon, Find Me A Person Who Doesn't Love A Single Fincher Film. ” - TheNakedGenius
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ I Don't Know Whether To Applaud Or Scream. Messed Up Content Has Never Seemed So Beautiful. ” - TheNakedGenius
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Holy Crap. I Mean... Uh... ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Flawless Record ” - TheNakedGenius
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ His Record Is Practically Flawless, Even With At Least One Or Two Films A Year. A True Master. No Gimmicks, Or Tricks. Purely Great Cinema ” - TheNakedGenius
“ The Best Director Disney Ever Had ” - TheNakedGenius
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ His Range Is Unbelievable. Crouching Tiger, Sense & Sensibility, Hulk And Brokeback. He Just Knows What Works ” - TheNakedGenius
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ The Creator Of The Some Of The Most Beautifully, Sweet And Funny Films Ever ” - TheNakedGenius
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ Rumble Fish, Man. Rumble Fish. ” - TheNakedGenius
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ Early Stuff. Not So Much The Recent's ” - TheNakedGenius
Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ Two Of The Best Trilogies Ever Made. And Wait... There's More ” - TheNakedGenius
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....
“ Fear And Loathing Anyone? Brazil? Hmm... ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Thirteen. One Of The Best Films Ever ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Dude, Kept Me So Entertained As A Child. It's Nice That Those Films Still Have The Same Affect. ” - TheNakedGenius
“ We're Only Half Way There... ” - TheNakedGenius
“ ...There We Go ” - TheNakedGenius
James Mangold
Director, Walk the Line
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan. Mangold also wrote and directed Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta.
“ One Of The Best, Still Doesn't Sound Like Enough ” - TheNakedGenius
Robert Redford
Actor, The Sting
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Much In The Way Of Eastwood, His Vast Experience Has Made Him Into A Highly Seasoned Pro ” - TheNakedGenius
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone, and Pan's Labyrinth, and more mainstream American action movies, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II...
“ Has Anyone Ever Blurred The Line Between The Real, And The Fantastical So Well? ” - TheNakedGenius
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ Pushes The Boundaries Every Time. Don't Get Me Wrong, I Could Have Done Without Him Making The Cinema 3D. But His Creative Vision Is Quite Limitless ” - TheNakedGenius
Andrew Stanton
Writer, Finding Nemo
Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures. In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios...
“ Along With Docter, The Best That Pixar, And Probably Animation Has To Offer. ” - TheNakedGenius
Pete Docter
Writer, Up
“ Along With Stanton, The Best That Pixar, And Probably Animation Has To Offer. ” - TheNakedGenius
Trey Parker
Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double major of music and Japanese...
“ "Why Does Michael Bay Get To Keep On Making Movies?"

No More Poignant Words Have Ever Been Spoken, Or In This Case Sung ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Has Done Far More For Pixar And Disney, Than Walt Ever Did. ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Stop Motion God! ” - TheNakedGenius
“ "Animation Is Not A Genre"

So True, So True ” - TheNakedGenius
Lee Unkrich
Editorial Department, Finding Nemo
Lee Unkrich attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was born in 1967 and graduated in 1985. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2 after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc. and for Finding Nemo.
“ I Know He's Only Been The Sole Director On One Film. But When That Film Is Toy Story 3, Well Then... ” - TheNakedGenius
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Neurotic? Yes. Repetitive? Quite. But Every Film He Makes, Especially With Cruz, or Wood, Just Make Me Love Him More. When I Was Growing Up He Was In A Bit Of A Slump, But Since Vicky Cristina, He Has Reinvigorated His Work ” - TheNakedGenius
Pedro Almodóvar
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ He Brought Us Penélope Cruz, And For That We Must Applaud Him. But Do You Know What Else? He Has Also Created Some Of The Most Touching, Funny And Human Films Ever ” - TheNakedGenius
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films - Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and The Revenant - have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins. In 2015, Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director...
“ One Of The Less Known Of The Spanish Wave, He Can Always Be Counted On To Direct A Film Of True Beauty. Showing Us The Flaws As Frequently As The Virtues Of His Characters ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Not Just A Name. List 'Em: Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up In The Air. Hilarious And Sensitive ” - TheNakedGenius
“ The Most Kinetic Director Ever. From Spaced, To Shaun, To Fuzz, Then Mr. Pilgrim. Every Frame In Each Is Packed To Explosion, With Humour, References, Character Development And Nuance. His Films Are Exhausting In The Very Best Way ” - TheNakedGenius
Curtis Hanson
After small films like The Bedroom Window and Sweet Kill, Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The River Wild and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential. Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was critically acclaimed for directing Eminem in Universal Pictures' 8 Mile...
“ How Could L.A. Confidential And 8 Mile Be Directed By The Same Man?... Dunno ” - TheNakedGenius
Antoine Fuqua
Director, Training Day
Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer. He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development...
“ Gritty. Certainly. Training Day, Tears Of The Sun And King Arthur. Definitely His Best Stuff ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Action Man. Made Die Hard, Someone Else Messed Up Die Hard 2, So He Came Back And Made With A Vengeance. Die Hard 5. I Want This Man Or Nothing ” - TheNakedGenius
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear story-telling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of film-making, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Apart From Inception This Man Blows Me Away. Being Like Ten Years Old And Trying To Follow Memento, Not A Suitable Combo. Also Let's Not Forget This Man Brought The Bat Back ” - TheNakedGenius
“ He Played A Big Role In The Modern Superhero Film Wave. Also, Usual Suspects. Nice. ” - TheNakedGenius
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ One Of The True Gods Of Cinema. Epic Like No Other ” - TheNakedGenius
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ This Man Behind The Camera... INCREDIBLE! ” - TheNakedGenius
Kevin Smith
Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry. His first movie, Clerks, was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked...
“ The Man Who Helped Me Figure Out My Faith. And The Cause Of A Good Few Near Accidents... ” - TheNakedGenius
Matthew Vaughn
Producer, Kick-Ass
Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake, the fantasy epic, Stardust, the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass, and the superhero film, X-Men: First Class...
“ A Very Energetic Film Maker, He Hasn't Disappointed Me Yet. Especially With His Recent Turn Running The X-Men. ” - TheNakedGenius
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ OK, So Original Ideas Went Out The Window A Long Time Ago. But, His Slant On Established Concepts And Stories Still Entertains Me ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Sorkin's Long Running Working-With-Person-Thingy ” - TheNakedGenius
“ Defined A Generation, And He Keeps On Impacting Today ” - TheNakedGenius
Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ From his work with Martin, To Tap, To A Few Good Men. There isn't a film this man can't make great. Oh, When Harry Met Sally, The List Shall Never End ” - TheNakedGenius
Mike Nichols
Director, Closer
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin...
“ Creator of some the most human and emotional films ever ” - TheNakedGenius
Martin Scorsese
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock)...
“ Thought I Would Save Him, And End On A High Note ” - TheNakedGenius