Robert Zemeckis Biography (1952-)

Full name, Robert L. Zemeckis; born May 14, 1952, in Chicago, IL; married Mary Ellen Trainor (an actress; divorced); married Leslie Harter, December 4, 2001; children: (first marriage) Alexander Francis. Addresses: Office: Imagemovers, 100 University City Plaza, Bldg. 484, Universal City, CA 91608; and Dark Castle Entertainment, 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 90, Burbank, CA 91522.; Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, 1888 Century Park E., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, writer, producer, editor
Birth Details
May 14, 1952
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • The Lift (student film), 1972
  • (And producer) A Field of Honor (short film), 1973
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Universal, 1978
  • Used Cars, Columbia, 1980
  • Romancing the Stone (also known as 2 bribones tras la esmeraldaperdida), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Back to the Future, Universal, 1985
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (live-action and animated), Buena Vista,1988
  • Back to the Future Part II, Universal, 1989
  • Back to the Future Part III, Universal, 1990
  • (And producer, with Steve Starkey) Death Becomes Her (also known as La muerte le sienta bien), Universal, 1992
  • Forrest Gump, Paramount, 1994
  • (And producer) Contact, Warner Bros., 1997
  • (And producer) Cast Away, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000
  • (And producer) What Lies Beneath, DreamWorks, 2000
  • Executive Producer
  • Trespass (also known as Looters), Universal, 1992
  • The Public Eye, Universal, 1992
  • Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (also known as Demon Keeper and Demon Knight), Universal, 1995
  • Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners (also known as Frighteners), Universal, 1996
  • Matchstick Men, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Producer
  • Bordello of Blood (also known as Tales from the Crypt Presents:Bordello of Blood), Universal, 1996
  • The House on Haunted Hill, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Thir13en Ghosts (also known as Thirteen Ghosts), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Ritual (also known as Tales from the Crypt Presents: Revelation and Tales from the Crypt Presents: Voodoo), Miramax/Dimension Films/RKO Radio Pictures, 2001
  • Ghost Ship, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Gothika, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Clink Inc., DreamWorks, 2003
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Co-executive producer, Tales from the Crypt (series of specials; also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1989-1996
  • Executive producer, Deadline (also known as Bay City Storyand Manhattan Exclusive), ABC, 1991
  • Creator, Back to the Future (also known as Back to the Future:The Animated Series), CBS, 1991
  • Creator and producer, Tales from the Cryptkeeper (animated), ABC,1993-1996
  • Creator and producer, Johnny Bago, CBS, 1993
  • Executive producer, Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House, 1996
  • Executive producer, Perversions of Science, HBO, 1997
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Specials
  • "The Man Who Was Death," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1989
  • (And director) "And All through the House," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1989
  • "Dig That Cat ... He's Real Gone!," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1989
  • "Only Sin Deep," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1989
  • "Lover Come Hack to Me," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1989
  • "Collection Completed," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1989
  • "Dead Right," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "The Switch," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Cutting Cards," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "'Til Death," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Three's a Crowd," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "The Thing from the Grave," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "The Sacrifice," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "For Crying Out Loud," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Four-Sided Triangle," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • (And director) "The Ventriloquist's Dummy," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Judy, You're Not Yourself Today," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Fitting Punishment," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Korman's Kalamity," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Lower Berth," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Mute Witness to Murder," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Television Terror," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "My Brother's Keeper," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "The Secret," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • Two-Fisted Tales, Fox, 1991
  • "The Trap," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Loved to Death," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Carrion Death," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Abra Cadaver," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Top Billing," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Dead Wait," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "The Reluctant Vampire," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Easel Kill Ya," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Undertaking Palor," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Mournin' Mess," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Split Second," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Deadline," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Spoiled," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales fromthe Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • (And director) "Yellow," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "None But the Lonely Heart," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "This'll Kill Ya," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "On a Deadman's Chest," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Seance," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales fromthe Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Beauty Rest," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "What's Cookin'," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "The New Arrival," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Showdown," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "King of the Road," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Maniac at Large," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Split Personality," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Strung Along," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Werewolf Concerto," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Curiosity Killed," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992
  • "Death of Some Salesmen," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "As Ye Sow," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Forever Ambergris," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Food for Thought," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "People Who Live in Brass Hearses," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Two for the Show," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "House of Horror," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Well-Cooked Hams," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Creep Course," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Came the Dawn," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Oil's Well That Ends Well," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Half-way Horrible," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Till Death Do We Part," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993
  • "Let the Punishment Fit the Crime," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "Only Skin Deep," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "Whirlpool," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "Operation Friendship," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "Revenge Is the Nuts," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "The Bribe," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "The Pit," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales fromthe Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "The Assassin," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "Staired in Horror," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO'sTales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "In the Groove," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "Surprise Party," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1994
  • "Doctor of Horror," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1995
  • "Comes the Dawn," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1995
  • "99 and 44/100 Percent Pure Horror!," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1995
  • (And director) "You, Murderer," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1995
  • "Fatal Caper," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Last Respects," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "A Slight Case of Murder," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Escape," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales fromthe Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Horror in the Night," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Cold War," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Kidnapper," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Report from the Grave," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Smoke Wrings," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Talesfrom the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "About Face," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Confession," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "Ear Today ... Gone Tomorrow," Tales from the Crypt (also known asHBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • "The Third Pig," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996
  • (And director) "Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking, and Drugging in the20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness," In the 20th Century, Showtime, 1999
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Go to the Head of the Class," Amazing Stories, 1986
  • "Johnny Bago Free at Last," Johnny Bago, CBS, 1993
  • Television Work
  • Other
  • Producer, W.E.I.R.D. World (movie), 1995
  • Executive producer, Ticket to Ride (pilot), The WB, 2002
  • Television Appearances: Specials
  • Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown, CBS, 1988
  • Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89, Fox, 1989
  • The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy, syndicated, 1990
  • Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects, 1994
  • Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump, 1994
  • Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1995
  • MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special, 1995
  • Presenter, The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • The Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory--75 Years of Blockbusters, TNT, 1998
  • The Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory: 75 Years of Stars, TNT,1998
  • The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking, PBS, 2001
  • AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks, USA Network, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Firstworks, The Movie Channel, 1988
  • The Magical World of Disney, 1988
  • Steven Spielberg, "Rock 'n Roles," Parker Lewis Can't Lose (also known as Parker Lewis), Fox, 1991
  • American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • The Directors, Encore, 1999
  • Mad TV, 2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • The Making of "1941," 1996
  • Behind the Scenes: Cast Away, 2000
  • Back to the Future: Making the Trilogy, 2002
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • The Lift (student film), 1972
  • A Field of Honor (short film), 1973
  • (With Bob Gale) I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Universal, 1978
  • (With Gale) 1941 (also based on a story by Zemeckis), Universal, 1979
  • (With Gale) Used Cars, Columbia, 1980
  • (With Gale) Back to the Future, Universal, 1985
  • Back to the Future III (also based on a story by Zemeckis and Gale), Universal, 1990
  • (With Gale) Trespass (also known as Looters), Universal, 1992
  • Also wrote (with Gale) the unpublished screenplays Car Pool and Growing Up.
  • Television Episodes
  • (With Bob Gale and David Chase) "Chopper," Kolchak: The Night Stalker, ABC, 1995
  • Also coauthor of episodes of Get Christie Love and McCloud,NBC.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The screenplay Back to the Future Part II was based on characterscreated by Zemeckis and Bob Gale; the screenplay Bordello of Blood wasbased on a story by Zemeckis. The 1984 television special Used Cars was based on the 1980 screenplay by Zemeckis and Gale. The television episode"Go to the Head of the Class," directed by Zemeckis and first broadcast in the series Amazing Stories, was included in the video Amazing Stories: Book Two, 1992.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    • Newsmakers, Issue 1, Gale, 2002
    Periodicals
    • American Film, July-August, 1988, pp. 32-35
    • Forbes, December 1, 1997, p. S121
    • Hollywood Reporter, Robert Zemeckis Tribute Issue, March 9, 1995
    • New Statesman and Society, December 2, 1992, p. 33
    • Newsweek, December 4, 1989, p. 78
    • New York, July 18, 1994, pp. 50-51
    • New Yorker, June 18, 1990, pp. 91-92; August 24, 1992, p. 80; July25, 1994
    • People Weekly, January 11, 1993, pp. 17-18; June 28, 1993, pp. 10-11
    • Rolling Stone, June 28, 1990, p. 31; August 20, 1992, p. 57; February 4, 1993, p. 37
    • Starlog, January, 1990, pp. 37-40, 73; December, 1992, October, 1997
    • Time, June 27, 1988, p. 72

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