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Biography

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Overview (3)

Born in Poznan, Poland
Birth NamePiotr Wieczorkiewicz
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tommy Wiseau is an American actor, director, screenwriter & producer. He trained to be an actor at: American Conservatory Theater, Vince Chase Workshop, Jean Shelton Acting Lab, Laney College and Stella Adler Academy of Acting.

In 2001 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Room (2003), a feature film that received the 2003 Audience Award at the New York International Film Festival. In 2004, he produced the documentary Homeless in America (2004), which received the 2004 Social Award.

He is now working on several more projects.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: CL

Trade Mark (6)

Characters enter the scene saying "Oh hi [insert name of character]"
Curly black hair
Friendly person
Constantly wearing a pair of sunglasses
Thick accent of undetermined origin
Eccentric personality.

Trivia (10)

Is independently wealthy and does not rely on film making to live.
Often drinks Red Bull while filming.
While Wiseau said that he got the funding for The Room by importing and selling leather jackets from South Korea, some crew members of The Room said that the money came from an organized crime money-laundering scheme, though Wiseau said that is highly unlikely.
Got his SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card by writing, producing, directing, and starring in a commercial for a company he owns.
He became a naturalized United States citizen on May 28, 1985, in San Francisco, California.
Supposedly gained the nickname "The Birdman" for his unique bird toys.
Has regarded Elia Kazan and Alfred Hitchcock as his main influences as a director.
Is featured on a Topps Allen & Ginter collectible card.
Attends many screenings for The Room (2003) in person. He often holds Q&A sessions with the audience and even mingles with fans.
Several years before he started his acting career, he was hospitalized after being involved in a near-fatal car accident in California. Another driver ran over a red light and hit his car. According to his friend Greg Sestero, that incident inspired Wiseau to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor and filmmaker.

Personal Quotes (34)

You can laugh, you can cry, you can express yourself, but please don't hurt each other.
I am pro-expression. I am pro - you know, as long as you don't hurt anyone.
I like vampires.
I'm going to do more movies and travel.
Express yourself, don't hurt yourself.
All topics, issues, and subjects in The Room (2003) add to the depth of the characters in the movie, and they are equally important.
As a director, I have to feel realism from actors, and they can't be plastic.
I always say that you don't have to like The Room (2003), but you will discover something - maybe a tiny little thing - and say, 'Wait a minute, maybe I want to see more.'
When I was a little kid, I wanted to be, like, you know, a movie star, you know? Or, I always have interest in movie, you know? Because I like the visual aspect of the movies, et cetera.
I want to be always actor.
When I was little kid, I used to want to be a rock star.
As a filmmaker and an actor, my job is to react towards people, but I want a reaction from them.
I inspire myself.
I am pro-freedom.
You cannot have the drama without comedy.
As a director, it's my job to provoke, and when people decided 'The Room' be called a phenomenon, or whatever you call it, it's fine with me.
I'm satisfied with the way The Room (2003) turned out, and I don't want to change anything.
When people sometimes misquote me, I don't know if they understand what I'm saying.
My background is in psychology and I'm also a stage actor. That's my background.
We have many Lisas, Marks, Dennys, Johnnys, and other characters from The Room (2003) in America and in the entire world.
I studied movies for many years, but I am professionally an actor because I, my background is actually a stage actor and acting.
I'm not a god, I'm just a simple guy.
I'm not here to criticize anyone.
I like acting better than anything else, but, you know, directing's good.
I like a lot of classic movies, like, for example, Citizen Kane (1941), James Dean movies, etc, etc.
Well, you have to think positively, number one. And do what works for you, number two. Stretching, you can do all kinds of different stuff. Some people can not do 100 push-ups, they get tired, but I can. I don't encourage people to do something that hurt themselves. Enjoy yourself and think positively. If somebody is negative, just let it go, you know? Don't listen to something negative, let it go.[2015]
I was born on Planet Earth.[2015]
I've never called it a cult phenomenon, or whatever they call it. I call it a free expression, that's what The Room (2003) represents. I encourage people to express themselves in the screenings. A ton of people ask me, 'Why do you encourage that?' I say, 'Why not?' What I wanted was to give them a smile and it's their choice if they want to express themselves. [Dec. 2017]
Well I work very hard, 24/7, several days a week, okay?
If a lot of people love each other the world will be a better place to live.
Love is very complex. If a lot of people love each other, the world will be a better place to live. Actually, that's a sentence from my script. Love is also full of electricity - if you do not feel the electricity within your body, then it's not love.
Respect equals success.
I think private life should be private life, the professional life should be the professional life, and that's where I stand, and I have right to do that.
[on The Room (2003)] We have moment-to-moment acting in my film. Words are secondary!

Salary (1)

The Room (2003) $350,000

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