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David Lean (I) (1908–1991)


An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 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 worked as tea ... See full bio »

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(age 83) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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3 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir David Lean

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

[accepting the Best Director Oscar for Lawrence of Arabia (1962)] This limey is deeply touched and greatly honoured. Thank you. See more »

Trivia:

According to Sarah Miles, Lean enjoyed pushing his actors to their personal limits and then breaking them, just for his own amusement. See more »

Trademark:

Enormous visual scope with heavy use of natural light See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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