Directors

by vampey | created - 22 Sep 2016 | updated - 28 Sep 2016 | Public

1. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

2. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

3. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

4. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

5. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

6. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

7. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

8. Sam Mendes

Producer | Road to Perdition

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

9. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years...

10. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

11. David Fury

Producer | The Tick

David Fury was born on March 5, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA as David Allen Shapiro. He is a producer and writer, known for The Tick (2017), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Lost (2004). He has been married to Elin Hampton since May 16, 1993. They have three children.

12. Marti Noxon

Producer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Marti Noxon was born on August 25, 1964 in California, USA as Martha Mills Noxon. She is a producer and writer, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), UnREAL (2015) and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce (2014).

13. David Greenwalt

Producer | Angel

David Greenwalt was born on October 16, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Angel (1999), Grimm (2011) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). He has been married to Veronica Greenwalt since October 16, 2016.

14. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

Vince Gilligan was born on February 10, 1967 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The X-Files (1993), Breaking Bad (2008) and Better Call Saul (2015).

15. Damon Lindelof

Writer | Lost

Damon Lindelof was born on April 24, 1973 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Damon Laurence Lindelof. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost (2004), The Leftovers (2014) and Star Trek (2009). He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 28, 2005. They have one child.

16. Miguel Sapochnik

Director | Game of Thrones

Miguel Sapochnik was born in July 1974 in Hammersmith, London, England as Miguel Vicente Rosenberg-Sapochnik. He is known for his work on Game of Thrones (2011), Repo Men (2010) and Trainspotting (1996). He has been married to Alexis Raben since 2006.

17. Kevin Smith

Producer | Clerks

Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry.

His first movie, Clerks (1994), was ...

18. David Nutter

Director | Game of Thrones

David Nutter was born in 1960 in the USA. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Pacific (2010) and Band of Brothers (2001). He has been married to Birgit Nutter since May 1987. They have two children.

19. Alex Graves

Producer | The West Wing

Alex Graves is a producer and director, known for The West Wing (1999), Game of Thrones (2011) and The Crude Oasis (1995).

20. Jack Bender

Director | Lost

Jack Bender was born on September 25, 1949 in the USA. He is a director and producer, known for Lost (2004), Alias (2001) and Game of Thrones (2011). He is married to Laura Owens. They have two children.

21. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

22. Alik Sakharov

Cinematographer | The Sopranos

Alik Sakharov was born on May 17, 1959 in Tashkent, USSR. He is a cinematographer and director, known for The Sopranos (1999), Game of Thrones (2011) and House of Cards (2013).

23. Michelle MacLaren

Producer | Breaking Bad

Michelle MacLaren was born in 1965 in Canada. She is a producer and director, known for Breaking Bad (2008), The Walking Dead (2010) and Game of Thrones (2011).

24. James A. Contner

Director | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

James A. Contner is a director and cinematographer, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Superman (1978) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).

25. David Solomon

Producer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

David Solomon is a producer and director, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Dollhouse (2009) and UnREAL (2015). He is married to Ali. They have two children.

26. Douglas Petrie

Producer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Douglas Petrie is a producer and writer, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Daredevil (2015) and American Horror Story (2011).

27. Tommy Wiseau

Actor | The Room

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 ...