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David Lean (I) (1908–1991)


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 »

Died:

(age 83) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

(1962)
Doctor Zhivago Director
(1965)
Brief Encounter Director
(1945)

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3 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir David Lean

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)
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Personal Quote:

I like making films about characters I'd like to have dinner with. See more »

Trivia:

Before his death in 1991, Lean's only child Peter, and Peter's daughter, tried to reconcile with him on a visit to his home in France, but the attempt ended in anger, and they never spoke again. David Lean had left his first wife when Peter was young, just as Lean's own accountant father had left when David was 16. See more »

Trademark:

Trains/locomotives playing a significant role in the film's plot (e.g., Brief Encounter (1945), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Summertime (1955), Doctor Zhivago (1965), etc.). See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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