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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 11 July 1943Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Holland is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 (1982) and the Robert Bloch- inspired Psycho II (1983), the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates.

Tom gained more notoriety, however, as a director. His directorial debut was the popular 1980s Vampire film, Fright Night (1985) which, at the time, was said to have been responsible for redefining the sub-genre, influencing later films like The Lost Boys (1987) and Near Dark (1987). The film was a box office hit and garnered three Saturn Awards and one Dario Argento Award.

For his next project, Child's Play (1988), Tom again cast Chris Sarandon. The film was a Number One box-office hit in America and a worldwide success, despite controversy over its thematic content. It, like Fright Night (1985) has since gathered a cult following amongst horror fans. Tom then went onto direct two films based upon adaptations of Stephen King's novels: The Langoliers (1995) and Thinner (1996). He also took a cameo role in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand (1994).

Tom's other projects have included _The Incredible Hulk_ episode 'Another Path', Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories (1985), three episodes of Tales from the Crypt (1989), and the prestigious Masters of Horror (2005) anthology. He starred in A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970) with Ingrid Bergman.

In 2009 Tom took a starring role in Hatchet II (2010) alongside Kane Hodder and Tony Todd.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Lee-Williams

Spouse (1)

Kathy Holland (? - present)

Trade Mark (5)

Characters undergoing massive physical transformation, usually being very thin/skeletonized (Thinner (1996), Fright Night (1985), Masters of Horror: We All Scream for Ice Cream (2007), hallucination sequence in The Langoliers (1995)).
Often casts Chris Sarandon, 'William Forsythe (I)', his son Josh Holland. Also frequently has himself and/or Stephen King in cameos.
Character sees/knows something supernatural and/or dangerous, but can't get anyone else to believe him/her.
Frequently combines horror or suspense with sweet food (Examples include: cookies in The Temp (1993), Ice Cream in Masters of Horror: We All Scream for Ice Cream (2007), pie in Thinner (1996), apples in Fright Night (1985)).
Frequently has characters kneeling at some point (often before their death).

Trivia (3)

Father of Josh Holland.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA.
In his acting days during the 1960s and '70s, Holland appeared in more than 200 television commercials.

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