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Jim Jarmusch

Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York. See full bio »
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 2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (segment "Int. Trailer Night")
 1997 Year of the Horse (Documentary)
 1995 Coffee and Cigarettes III (Short)
 1995 Dead Man
 1990 Red Hot and Blue (TV Movie) (segment "It's All Right With Me")
 1989 Mystery Train
 1989 Coffee and Cigarettes II (Short)
 1986 Coffee and Cigarettes (Short)
 1986 Down by Law
 1983 Stranger Than Paradise (Short)
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Directed the music video for the song "It's All Right With Me" by Tom Waits, from AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Blue, a tribute to songwriter Cole Porter (1990). See more »

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1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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6' 2" (1.88 m)

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I prefer to be subcultural rather than mass-cultural. I'm not interested in hitting the vein of the mainstream. See more »


Chris Parker, who starred in Jarmusch's first film Permanent Vacation (1980) was a friend of Jarmusch's and had never acted before (according to a 2/2/94 interview with Jarmusch). When Jarmusch submitted "Permanent Vacation" to Tisch as his film thesis/project, they wouldn't accept it - apparently, they didn't think it was worth their time. See more »


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