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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 27 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Lawrence of Arabia
(1962)
A Passage to India
(1984)
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago Director
(1965)

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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" (1.86 m)
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Actors can be a terrible bore on the set, though I enjoy having dinner with them. See more »

Trivia:

In a BBC documentary, Steven Spielberg recounted how Lean (by then a personal friend) asked him to approach Warner Brothers on his behalf to persuade them to finance his film of Joseph Conrad's novel Nostromo. Spielberg did this and Warner's studio chief, who was also a personal friend of Spielberg's, agreed to fund the movie on a $20m budget. When Spielberg called Lean to give him the good news,... See more »

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Stories are often set against the backdrop of political discourse (Russian Revolution,Easter Rising) See more »

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Aries

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