David Lean (I) (1908–1991)


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An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927. He ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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(1962)
Doctor Zhivago Director
(1965)
(1984)

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 1984 A Passage to India (edited by)
 1942 In Which We Serve (uncredited)
 1941 49th Parallel
 1941 Major Barbara
 1938 Pygmalion
 1937 Dreaming Lips
 1935 Turn of the Tide (uncredited)
 1935 Brewster's Millions (uncredited)
 1934 Java Head (uncredited)
 1934 Tiger Bay
 1934 The Fortunate Fool (as D. Lean)
 1933 Matinee Idol
 1932 Insult
 1930 The Night Porter (uncredited)
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3 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

D. Lean | Sir David Lean

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)
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[on Doctor Zhivago (1965)] That film earned me more money than all my other films put together. It's a wonderful story - you want to know what happens next. And wonderful characters. And Julie (Christie).....which was quite a face. See more »

Trivia:

According to Richard Schickel, Lean was so wounded by Pauline Kael's and other critics' vicious attacks on Ryan's Daughter (1970) that he didn't direct another picture for 14 years, until A Passage to India (1984). See more »

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His characters are often men of honor struggling in a cruel or alien environment See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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