Abel Ferrara


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Born in the Bronx, Ferrara started making amateur films on Super 8 in his teens before making his debut with violent exploitation films such as 'Driller Killer' and 'Ms.45'. Good reviews for the latter helped create his cult reputation, leading to larger budgets, studio funding and 'name' actors (Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel), but he still ... See full bio »

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23 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Bad Lieutenant Director
(1992)
King of New York Director
(1990)
New Rose Hotel Director
(1998)
Mary Director
(2005)

Filmography

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 2020 Sportin' Life (Documentary)
 2019 Siberia
 2019 Tommaso
 2019/III The Projectionist (Documentary)
 2018 Talking with the Vampires (Documentary short)
 2017 Hans (Short)
 2017 Piazza Vittorio (Documentary)
 2017 Alive in France (Documentary)
 2014 Pasolini
 2012 No Saints (Video short)
 2010 42 One Dream Rush (Short)
 2010 Mulberry St. (Documentary)
 2009 Napoli, Napoli, Napoli (Documentary)
 2008 Chelsea on the Rocks (Documentary)
 2007 Go Go Tales
 2005/I Mary
 2004 Kyrsten: Move with Me (Video short)
 2003 Abenaa: Rain (Video short)
 2003 Dead Combo: You Don't Look So Good (Video short)
 2001 'R Xmas
 1998 The Phoids: Iowa (Video short)
 1997 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (TV Movie) (segment "Love on the A Train")
 1997 The Blackout
 1996 The Funeral
 1996 Mylène Farmer: California (Video short)
 1995 Schoolly D: Nigger Entertainment (Video short)
 1995 The Addiction
 1989 Cat Chaser
 1988 The Loner (TV Movie)
 1987 China Girl
 1986 Crime Story (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1986)
 1986 The Gladiator (TV Movie)
 1985 Miami Vice (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Dutch Oven (1985) ... (directed by)
- The Home Invaders (1985) ... (directed by)
 1984 Fear City
 1981 Ms .45 (direction)
 1977 Not Guilty: For Keith Richards (Documentary short)
 1976 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy (as Jimmy Boy L)
 1973 Could This Be Love (Short)
 1972 The Hold Up (Short)
 1971 Nicky's Film (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Reads an excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" on the CD "Closed On Account of Rabies." See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 5 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Abel | Jimmy Boy L | Jimmy Laine | Laine

Spouse:

Pauline LaMonde  (divorced)

Children:

Ferrara, Endira | See more »

Parents:

Ferrara, Alfred J.
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I was raised a Catholic and when you're raised a Catholic they don't teach you to think for yourself. You're taught not to think too deeply about things. See more »

Trivia:

Grew up in Peekskill, NY. See more »

Trademark:

Often features characters caught in self-destructive patterns (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant) See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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