Penelope Spheeris Biography (1945?-)

Born December 2, 1945 (some sources cite 1946), in New Orleans (some sourcescite Algiers), LA; father, a circus carnival owner and side-show "strong man"; mother, a ticket taker for a traveling circus side show; children: Anna Schoeller. Addresses: Agent: Gersh Agency, Inc., 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5302.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Director, producer, writer
Birth Details
December 2, 1945?
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director, Except Where Indicated
  • I Don't Know, 1971
  • Producer, Real Life, Paramount, 1979
  • (And producer, and contributor of photography) The Decline of WesternCivilization (documentary), Spheeris Films, 1981
  • Suburbia (also known as The Wild Side), New World, 1984
  • The Boys Next Door (also known as Big Shots), New World, 1985
  • Hollywood Vice Squad, Cinema Group, 1986
  • Dudes, Cineworld, 1986
  • The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years (documentary), New Line Cinema, 1986
  • As Nasty As We Want to Be, 1990
  • Wayne's World, Paramount, 1992
  • (And producer) The Beverly Hillbillies, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • The Little Rascals, Universal, 1994
  • Black Sheep, Paramount, 1996
  • Senseless, Miramax/Dimension Films, 1998
  • The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (documentary), Spheeris Films, 1998
  • The Thing in Bob's Garage, Act III Productions, 1998
  • No Use Walking When You Can Stroll, 1998
  • (And cinematographer) We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll(documentary), Divine Pictures, 2001
  • Posers, 2001
  • Closers, Dimension Films, 2001
  • Also made the documentary short film Lifers Group: World Tour.
  • Film Appearances
  • Naked Angels, 1969
  • Calling the Shots, 1988
  • Nicky's mom, Wedding Band, 1990
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • (With others) Decade, MTV, 1989
  • Thunder and Mud, cable television pay-per-view, 1990
  • Segment director, "New Chicks," in "Prison Stories: Women on the Inside,"HBO Showcase, HBO, 1991
  • Director, Visitors from the Unknown, CBS, 1991
  • Pilots
  • Cocreator and director, Danger Theatre, Fox, 1993
  • Director, Dear Doughboy, The WB, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Story editor, Roseanne, ABC, between and 1990
  • Producer of short pieces for Saturday Night Live, NBC, in the 1970s
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Intimate Portrait: Lea Thompson, Lifetime, 1998
  • Ernest Goes to Hollywood: Jim Varney, the E! True Hollywood Story,E! Entertainment Network, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Scripts
  • The Decline of Western Civilization (documentary), Spheeris Films,1981
  • Suburbia (also known as The Wild Side), New World, 1984
  • (With Bert Dragin) Summer Camp Nightmare (also known as The Butterfly Revolution), Concorde, 1987
  • The Little Rascals (based on a story by Spheeris), Universal, 1994
  • Television Episodes
  • Roseanne, ABC, between and 1990
  • Danger Theatre, Fox, 1993

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 1996. Volume 2:Directors, St. James Press,
    • Newsmakers 1989, 1989. Issue 4, Gale,
    • Women Filmmakers and Their Films, 1998. St. James Press,
    Periodicals
    • People Weekly, July 4, 1988, pp. 52-54.

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