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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 »

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Ghost World
Ghost World Director
Crumb Director
Bad Santa
Bad Santa Director
Louie Bluie
Louie Bluie Director


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 2017 Budding Prospects (TV Movie)
 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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 2017 Budding Prospects (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 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
 1989 Love Me True (Video short)
 1988 The Celluloids (Video short)
 1986 Video Album 3 (Video)

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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 »


Resides in San Francisco, California. See more »

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