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Terry Zwigoff


Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Zwigoff held several jobs before making his breakthrough feature: the documentary Crumb (1994) in 1994. His previous jobs included musician, shipping clerk, printer and welfare office worker. In fact, Zwigoff traces his film career back to discovering a rare blues recording by an unknown Chicago blues musician he ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Ghost World
Ghost World Director
(2001)
Bad Santa
Bad Santa Director
(2003)
Crumb
Crumb Director
(1994)
Art School Confidential
(2006)

Filmography

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 2003 Bad Santa
 2001 Ghost World
 1994 Crumb (Documentary)
 1985 Louie Bluie (Documentary)
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 2001 Ghost World (written by)
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 1994 Crumb (Documentary) (producer)
 1985 Louie Bluie (Documentary) (producer)
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 2001 Ghost World (writer: "Zine-O-Phobia Music", "Pickin' Cotton Blues")
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 2004 Bad Santa: Not Your Typical Christmas Movie (Video documentary short)
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 2002 Making of 'Ghost World' (Video documentary short)
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 1996 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
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- Episode #3.91 (1996) ... Himself
 1995 The Anti Gravity Room (TV Series)
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- The Fringe II ... Himself
- Collectibles ... Himself
 1986 Video Album 3 (Video documentary)
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I'm more interested in dialogue; most of the scripts I've gone after to direct, there's generally just something about the dialogue. Like Bad Santa (2003), there was one line in the script that was so good that I was desperately trying to get the job. It was something like, "Sweet Jews for Jesus!" [Laughs]. One of the most inspired lines I'd ever read. Any regional dialect like that in a script ... See more »

Trivia:

Avid collector of old 78s records (mostly jazz, country and blues). He also plays (at least) cello, saw and mandolin and continues to play in the Cheap Suit Serenaders, a band formed by Robert Crumb in 1972. The band, with Terry Zwigoff, plays once a year at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA. See more »

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