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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" (1.85 m)
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[on the Academy Awards] If you have no hope of getting one, they're despised. But it you have, they're very important. See more »

Trivia:

Frequently worked with Alec Guinness. When he recommended that Steven Spielberg direct Empire of the Sun (1987), Spielberg ended up hiring Eve Mavrakis as a translator. Fittingly, Mavrakis would go on to marry Ewan McGregor, who succeeded Guinness in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. See more »

Trademark:

Very distinct sense of time and place in His films (Russia during the Russian Revolution, Ireland during the 1916 Easter uprising) See more »

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Aries

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