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M. Night Shyamalan

Born in India but raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is the son of two doctors. His passion for filmmaking began when he was given a Super-8 camera at age eight, and even at that young age began to model his career on that of his idol, Steven Spielberg. His first film, Praying with Anger ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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The Sixth Sense
Signs Producer
Unbreakable Producer
The Village
The Village Producer


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 2017 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode) (announced)
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... (executive producer)
  Labor of Love (producer) (announced)
 2016/IX Split (producer)
 2015-2016 Wayward Pines (TV Series) (executive producer - 20 episodes)
- Bedtime Story (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Walcott Prep (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Pass Judgment (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Time Will Tell (2016) ... (executive producer)
- City Upon a Hill (2016) ... (executive producer)
 2015/I The Visit (producer)
 2013 After Earth (executive producer)
 2010 Devil (producer)
 2010 The Last Airbender (producer)
 2008 The Happening (producer)
 2006 Lady in the Water (producer)
 2004 The Village (producer)
 2002 Signs (producer)
 2000 Unbreakable (producer)
 1992 Praying with Anger (producer)
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Music video for singer-songwriter Andra Day, Rise Up (Inspiration Version) - Director See more »

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7 Interviews | 18 Articles | See more »

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Manoj Night Shyamalan


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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That's the way stories come to me, they come to me very naturally like that. If this was a story about me and someone else, I would be withholding information about them immediately. The negative thing about the twist is that it's all people are occupied with; all the gentleness in the movie is being overshadowed by the flashy cousin in the sequined vest taking centre-stage. [on surprise endings] See more »


His inspiration for The Sixth Sense (1999) was based on an episode from Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Dream Girl (1994) directed by David Winning. See more »


Emphasises beats between actions and dialogue delivery, so his characters lines and actions seldom (if ever) overlap. See more »

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Most overly critisized director ever biggyjaay-273-600149
Devil was massively underrated. polkadot-91056
Why do movie studios still hire this guy? do they enjoy losing money? bakkouz
M. Night has Original Ideas. craigsawyertalent
I will always give him a chance..... theupperroom
record does not match the hate... shaquanda36
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