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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 July 1953Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Birth NameGregory Booth Pead
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Yahoo Serious (born Greg Pead) became one of Australia's most successful independent conceptual artists and filmmakers of the 1980s and 1990s. Considered the first Australian to write, produce, direct and star in a major motion picture. He legally changed his name to "Yahoo Serious" in 1980 before his sudden fame. He grew up near Newcastle, Australia and worked as a tyre fitter for a time to get through art school, but was eventually expelled from the school. Soon after he started combining his artistic talents with absurdist comedy and earned a lot of skeptical looks along the way. At age 21, Yahoo wrote, produced, directed and filmed Coaltown, a documentary tracing the socio-political history of coal mining. The following year he won the National Award for Best Australian Educational Documentary for his TV series "Lifestyle." After extensive traveling throughout Asia, Europe and America, he began writing, directing and performing in experimental comedy. This led to spectacular success with his first weird, skimpily-budgeted vehicle Young Einstein (1988), the story of a young Tasmanian farmer who discovers rock music along with the theory of relativity. Blending political/social satire, silliness and slapstick with eye-popping visuals, he hit the jackpot with young audiences. Grossing over $100 million, he instantly branched out internationally, hitting all the popular talk shows and even making the cover of TIME magazine (February, 1989). Audiences took a fascination to his unique cinematic style. True to form, Serious involved himself in practically every detail of the making of the movie, from creating the original concept and script through incorporating the visual design and music soundtrack and performing all his own stunts. However, following this crazy roller coaster ride, he was not able to produce a follow up movie soon enough and quickly became yesterday's news. Coming out five years later, Reckless Kelly (1993), the story of a Robin Hood-like, motorcycle-riding robber who becomes a Hollywood movie star, matched his first film in unconventional silliness but not popularity and disappeared quickly. His third movie, Mr. Accident (1999), about the most accident-prone man in the world, also was a commercial disaster while still finding a cult following. Who knows what's up this unique artist's sleeve next.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Lulu Pinkus (22 January 1989 - 2007) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Club gave him the Celebrated Filmmaker Award for Young Einstein (1988).
Attended Cardiff Public High School in New South Wales.
Worked as a tire fitter to pay his way through the National Art School.
In followup to his first movie success, Yahoo was featured on the cover of both TIME and MAD magazines, wrote and starred in his own series of MTV shows in New York and, as a satire on TV reporting, interviewed himself on "60 Minutes."
Made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Newcastle in 1996 for his contribution to cinema arts.
Some news reports have confused Yahoo Serious, whose real name is Greg Pead, with the antiques dealer in Sydney named Greg Pead who accused the former Royal butler Paul Burrell of having an affair with him in the 1980s. The two are not the same person nor are they related.
He later wagered a trademark battle against the major Internet portel "Yahoo! "in 2000. The case was quickly thrown out because Serious could not prove that he sells products or services under the name "Yahoo" or suffered harm or confusion due to the search engine.

Personal Quotes (37)

Each day there are a million choices to be made starting with what you put on your toast. You're born with a name but so what?. You can choose every other aspect of your life, so why not your name?
We often lose our way in the movie industry, in as much as we forget that it's an art form and originality is important. It's important not to just pick up a book and make it into a movie or do do sequel II, III, IV and V. Different is what people respond to. They go, "Oh good! I can go and see something new!" I hate sequels because they are always done for the wrong reason. That is, they're always done for the same reason: money.
The pursuit, I think, is to always do what you want and happiness and success will be a part of that. People often chase money and that's the wrong thing to chase because it will always go away from you and drag happiness with it. But if you allow money and success to be a by-product of what you want to do, then you'll be happy.
A smile is always double-edged in that it can be either happy or aggressive. Animals when they bare their teeth they're attacking. When we bare out teeth we're being warm and smiling. My comedy tends to go to the human side of the smile.
Find your own specific voice in filmmaking and go for it. Either people will get it or they won't and that's what it's all about.
Getting your screenplay right is the most important thing you'll ever do on your film.
Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts.
Australians don't have a preconceived notion of what things have to be... we can go on a fantastic journey.
I support all Australian films.
The obsession required to see a feature through from concept to release is not a rational thing to do with your brief time on this planet. Nor is it something to which an intelligent person should aspire.
All the jokes in my films, the comedy, they're not me, I just try to hold a big mirror up to us.
Can you imagine what it would be like if all the Aussie film talent was able to make Australian stories?
Hollywood is horrible... it's beyond satire.
I don't know what it means to be out there against the Olympics.
In 1905 Albert discovered Relativity, in 1906 he invented Rock and Roll.
In a kind of a way there's a bit of that happening now so we have to be careful to preserve our culture.
It was always easy for me. I was born very rich and lucky.
It's an infinite creative universe to explore so why chase conservative options?
It's because we are so flooded with American culture that we're startled when we see ourselves up there on the screen.
Making your first feature film is actually impossible.
Movies are usually difficult, often insane, constantly challenging and always strangely amusing to make.
My background was art school, documentary director and surfer with a keen interest in thrilling acts of life threatening stupidity.
So we have to be careful because if you don't protect your culture you won't have it for very long.
The American formula things are out there but they don't have any stories to tell - we have all the stories to tell - but they're all formula.
The journey of your first movie is not just beyond belief it can be truly beyond satire.
There are a thousand weird untold stories in the Australian film industry, this has been one of them.
We cheer everyone who goes off to Hollywood and tells American stories but telling Australian stories is the greatest thing you can do.
We've got so many stories to tell, you know, we could take on the world.
While the eyes of the world will be on us let's show everyone that we have a great sense of humour.
Three years after starting, by physically doing everything from raising the finance to special effects, we'd finally cobbled together our low budget film.
We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing, it's more a business that's out there and running riot, so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff.
You go overseas and people are oppressed and scared and worried but we're not like that... we're more like my films and how people come out at the end of seeing them - they feel good.
I just wanted to do this all Australian film and we didn't want to give creative control to overseas 'cause whoever comes on my sets, whether you're sweeping the floor or an actor, it doesn't matter who comes up with the ideas, it's a collaboration.
I kind of worry about that a little bit - we lost our film culture for 30 years because the Americans came in and bought up all the cinema chains and wouldn't show any Australian films.
If government and media and all of us in the Australian tribe got together, and the rock industry, we'd just be the greatest cultural force the world has ever seen - we're such an amazing race.
Now both my films have been number one at the Australian box office and it took about two years just to get the finance for this film, so if it's hard for me then God help everyone else.
Then if your movie clicks with real audiences, you'll be sucked into some sort of Hollywood orbit. It's a devil of a place where the only religion that really counts is box office.

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