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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 »


(age 83) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Lawrence of Arabia
A Passage to India
Doctor Zhivago
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6' 1" (1.86 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 »


Peter O'Toole based his performance in The Stunt Man (1980) on Lean. See more »


Trains/locomotives playing a significant role in the film's plot (e.g., Brief Encounter (1945), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Summertime (1955), Doctor Zhivago (1965), etc.). See more »

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