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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 11 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Split (producer) (filming)
  Labor of Love (producer) (announced)
 2015/I The Visit (producer)
 2015 Wayward Pines (TV Series) (executive producer - 10 episodes)
- Cycle (2015) ... (executive producer)
- A Reckoning (2015) ... (executive producer)
- The Friendliest Place on Earth (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Betrayal (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Choices (2015) ... (executive 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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Print ad for American Express, 2006 See more »

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7 Interviews | 18 Articles | See more »

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Manoj Night Shyamalan


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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[When asked the question "What determines the success of a film for you?"] If I can I look myself in the eye and say I was artistically truthful. See more »


Has in his office posters from 3 of his most favorite movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Exorcist (1973), and Die Hard (1988). See more »


Films often use an event from the main character's past as a major connection to what is happening in the present (the Vincent Gray case in The Sixth Sense (1999), the car crash in Unbreakable (2000), the death of the wife in Signs (2002)) See more »

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Devil was massively underrated. polkadot-91056
M. Night has Original Ideas. craigsawyertalent
Why do movie studios still hire this guy? do they enjoy losing money? bakkouz
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record does not match the hate... shaquanda36
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