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Gordon Parks (1912–2006)


The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft (1971), achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film effort, The Learning Tree (1969), was selected among ... See full bio »

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Known For

Shaft
Shaft Director
(1971)
The Learning Tree
(1969)
Shaft's Big Score!
(1972)
Family Portrait
Family Portrait Himself
(2004)

Filmography

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 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1976 Leadbelly
 1971 Shaft
 1964 Flavio (Documentary short)
Show Show Actor (4 credits)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (4 credits)
Show Show Composer (4 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (7 credits)
Show Show Self (23 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "The Learning Tree" (filmed as The Learning Tree (1969)). See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gordon Parks Sr.
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[1976 interview in "The Village Voice"] I don't make black exploitation films.

Trivia:

Two of his films, The Learning Tree (1969) and Shaft (1971), are in the National Film Registry. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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