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Overview (3)

Born in London, England, UK
Nicknames Humpty Dumpty
Ralph Coates
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Kaye was born in London, United Kingdom. He has made several well-known music videos, including the video for "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum, which won a Grammy Award, "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "What God Wants" by Roger Waters, and "Help Me" and "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash. Kaye is a six time Grammy nominated music video director. His feature film debut was American History X (1998), a drama about racism starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. Kaye disowned the final cut of the film, as he did not approve of its quality. He unsuccessfully attempted to have his name removed from the credits. The final cut was critically lauded and Norton was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film. Kaye's second feature, a documentary called Lake of Fire, was about the abortion debate in the United States. It opened in Toronto in September 2006. The movie was shortlisted for an Oscar, nominated for Best Documentary Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, and the Satellite Awards. Lake of Fire took Kaye 18 years to make. Kaye's third feature film, Black Water Transit (2010), starred Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban, Evan Ross, Brittany Snow, and Stephen Dorff. The film is unfinished as the production company went bankrupt during the making. Kaye's fourth feature film, Detachment (2011), starring his daughter Betty Kaye, is a drama about the decline of the education system in American high schools.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Movie Guy

Spouse (1)

Yan Lin Kaye (? - present)

Trade Mark (4)

His protagonists are often filled with self-hatred and regret, trying to atone for past failures
Use of flashbacks and cutaways
His films often tackle controversial social themes
Often films scenes in black and white

Trivia (10)

November 23, 1998 - Tony filed a $275 million lawsuit against New Line and the Director's Guild of America for not letting him use the pseudonym "Humpty Dumpty" as the director of American History X (1998)
Performs music and comedy at open mics around Los Angeles.
Directed one Oscar nominated performance, Edward Norton in American History X (1998).
Was 45 years old when he directed his first feature film American History X (1998).
His documentary Lake Of Fire (2006) was 16 years in the making.
His favorite director and inspiration is Stanley Kubrick.
Has suffered from an extreme speech impediment since childhood. It was so severe he didn't even speak on the telephone until he was 27.
Left school at age 16.
He originally aspired to be a painter and started work in Graphic Design.
Decided to pursue a career in film at age 27.

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