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Terrence Malick

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College, Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, but did ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Voyage of Time (Documentary) (post-production)
 2015 Knight of Cups (written by)
 2012 To the Wonder (written by)
 2011 The Tree of Life (written by)
 2005 The New World (written by)
 2002 Bear's Kiss (screenplay - uncredited)
 1998 The Thin Red Line (screenplay)
 1978 Days of Heaven (written by)
 1974 The Gravy Train (as David Whitney)
 1973 Badlands (written by)
 1973 Deadhead Miles (written by)
 1972 Pocket Money (screenplay - as Terry Malick)
 1971 Drive, He Said (uncredited)
 1969 Lanton Mills (Short) (writer)
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Terry Malick | David Whitney


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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[on his future] There's a good many pictures I'd like to make, we'll see how many I'll be allowed to make. See more »


He grew up on a farm and worked as a farmhand before studying philosophy at Harvard. After graduating he went to Magdalen College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar but left before finishing his thesis (on Martin Heidegger) after a disagreement with his advisor. He moved back to the United States and taught philosophy at M.I.T. while freelancing as a journalist. See more »


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Hasn't made a good movie in 37 years dragline82
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Should he be approached as a philosopher rather than a moviemaker? Lin301
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