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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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 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)
 2002 Making of 'Ghost World' (Video documentary short)
 1996 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
- Episode #3.91 (1996) ... Himself
 1995 The Anti Gravity Room (TV Series)
- The Fringe II ... Himself
- Collectibles ... Himself

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I rarely see a film made these days that I get excited about, but I find myself watching a lot of films from the 1940s and 50s over and over again. While my favorite music and painting is from the late 1920s and early 30s, it's usually films from the 40s and 50s that do it for me. See more »


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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