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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 30 wins & 24 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" (1.85 m)
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Casting is a nightmare because it is an eternal compromise. You hardly ever have the actor give a performance of which you say, yes, that's right on it. They just haven't got that sense of humour, or they haven't got that feel about them or whatever it is. The nearest person to a perfect piece of casting was Trevor Howard in Ryan's Daughter (1970). He was just wonderful for the tunnel-vision ... See more »

Trivia:

Towards the end of his life, he said he'd like to have another go at filming Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago." The prerequisite for remaking the film would be the casting of Julie Christie once again as Lara, but since she would be too old for the part, he wouldn't be able to do it. See more »

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Spectacular bloody battle scenes See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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