STARmeter
Top 5000
Up 4,017 this week

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 »

Died:

(age 83) in London, England, UK

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 people
created 28 Jun 2011
 
a list of 40 people
created 07 Jan 2012
 
a list of 35 people
created 08 Apr 2012
 
a list of 30 people
created 10 Apr 2013
 
a list of 25 people
created 16 Oct 2013
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb


How Much Have You Seen?

How much of David Lean's work have you seen?

User Polls

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

Known For

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Editor (29 credits)
Show Show Director (19 credits)
Show Show Writer (10 credits)
Show Show Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (4 credits)
Show Show Actor (3 credits)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Editorial department (2 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (21 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (14 credits)

Related Videos

Edit

Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

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)
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[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:

Once screened Lawrence of Arabia (1962) with Steven Spielberg. Lean gave Spielberg a "live director's commentary" (as Spielberg put it). Spielberg said it was one of the best moments of his life, learning from a true master. Consequently, Spielberg stated that it helped him make better pictures and that commentary directly influenced every movie he has made since. See more »

Trademark:

Often collaborated with composer Maurice Jarre See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lean Disrespected Again packers56789
#34 on Entertainment Weekly's top 50? sullenperfume
Best British Director??????? AlexUnwin
Lean's reputation avelaf82
autobiography to shed new details on David Lean's work and relationships richt_z
Nostromo cast mcnpauls
Discuss David Lean on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page