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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 »

Died:

(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
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(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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These American writers really frighten me. They talk so well and write so badly. I have now worked with five of them and not one has come along with a big, original idea. 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 »

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