John Waters Biography (1946-)

Born April 22, 1946, in Baltimore, MD; son of John Samuel (manufacturer of fire-protection equipment) and Patricia Ann (maiden name, Whitaker) Waters. Avocational interests: Attending trials, teaching in jail, study of extreme Catholic behavior before the Reformation. Career: Producer, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, actor, and journalist. Worked in book stores; lecturer at comedy clubs and colleges in the United States and Australia,1968--; teacher of English and film at Patuzent Institution, a psychiatric prison in Maryland, 1983-86. AIDS Action Baltimore, fundraiser; Anti-Violence Campaign, New York City, spokesman, 1991. Member: AFTRA, Screen ActorsGuild, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Awards, Honors: Co-recipient of Charlie Comedy Award for special contributions to art of comedy, Association of ComedyArtists, 1987; John Waters Day, state of Maryland, February 16, 1985; John Waters Week, city of Baltimore, 1988.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Producer, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, actor, journalist
Birth Details
April 22, 1946
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director and Screenwriter, Except Where Indicated
  • Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (short), 1964
  • Roman Candles (short), 1966-67
  • And editor, Eat Your Makeup! (short), 1968
  • And producer, cinematographer, and editor, Mondo Trasho (also known as The Gutter Movie), New Line Cinema, 1969
  • And producer, cinematographer, and editor, Multiple Maniacs, New Line Cinema, 1970
  • And editor and cinematographer, The Diane Linkletter Story (short), 1970
  • And producer, cinematographer, and editor, Pink Flamingos (also known as John Waters' Pink Flamingos), New Line Cinema, 1972
  • And producer, and cinematographer, Female Trouble (also known as Rotten Mind, Rotten Face), New Line Cinema, 1974
  • And producer, Desperate Living (also known as Mortville), New Line Cinema, 1977
  • And producer, Polyester, New Line Cinema, 1981
  • And producer (with Rachel Talalay and Stanley F. Buchthal), Hairspray (also known as White Lipstick), New Line, 1988
  • Cry-Baby, Universal, 1990
  • Serial Mom, Home Box Office Video, 1994
  • Pecker, Fine Line, 1998
  • Cecil B. Demented, 1999
  • Film Appearances
  • Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (short), 1964
  • Roman Candles (short), 1966-67
  • Eat Your Makeup! (short), 1968
  • Mondo Trasho (also known as The Gutter Movie), New Line Cinema, 1969
  • Voice of Mr. J, Pink Flamingos (also known as John Waters' PinkFlamingos), New Line Cinema, 1972
  • Himself, Love Letter to Edie, 1975
  • End Play, 1975
  • Himself, Divine Waters, 1985
  • Used car salesman, Something Wild, Orion, 1986
  • Dr. Fredrickson, Hairspray (also known as White Lipstick),New Line, 1988
  • First robber, Homer & Eddie, Skouras, 1989
  • Johnny Dysart, Heaven Tonight, 1990
  • (Uncredited) Steve Hannah, Serial Mom, Home Box Office Video, 1994
  • Ebbtide, 1994
  • John Stamford, Singapore Sling: Road to Mandalay, 1995
  • Sam Lejeune, The Sugar Factory, 1997
  • Himself, Divine Trash, 1997
  • Himself, Anthem, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Leslie Gaitland, Passion Flower, 1986
  • Steve Hannah, Which Way Home, 1991
  • Episodic
  • 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1990
  • Bartender, Homicide: Life on the Streets, NBC, 1993
  • R. Vincent Smith, Homicide: Life on the Streets, NBC, 1994
  • American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • Voice of John, "Homer's Phobia," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1997
  • Voice of Roger, "The Maris Counselor," Frasier, NBC, 1998
  • Himself, The Roseanne Show, 1998
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Danielle Steel's "Family Album" (miniseries), 1994
  • Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! (special), AMC, 1996
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (short), 1964
  • Roman Candles (short), 1966-67
  • Eat Your Makeup! (short), 1968
  • Mondo Trasho (also known as The Gutter Movie), New Line Cinema, 1969
  • Multiple Maniacs, New Line Cinema, 1970
  • The Diane Linkletter Story (short), 1970
  • Pink Flamingos (also known as John Waters' Pink Flamingos),New Line Cinema, 1972
  • Female Trouble (also known as Rotten Mind, Rotten Face), New Line Cinema, 1974
  • Desperate Living (also known as Mortville), New Line Cinema, 1977
  • Polyester, New Line Cinema, 1981
  • Hairspray (also known as White Lipstick), New Line, 1988
  • Cry-Baby, Universal, 1990
  • Serial Mom, Home Box Office Video, 1994
  • Pecker, Fine Line, 1998
  • Cecil B. Demented, 1999
  • Books
  • Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste (autobiography), Dell, 1981
  • Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (essays), MacMillan, 1986
  • Trash Trio: Three Screenplays (contains Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, and Flamingos Forever), Vintage Books, 1988
  • Also contributor to periodicals including Rolling Stone, Vogue, Vanity Fair, American Film, Film Comment, New York Times Book Review and British Vogue.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Artforum, October 1998, p. 32.
    • Art in America, March 1997, p. 100.
    • Entertainment Weekly, April 29, 1994, p. 42.
    • Interview, April 29, 1994, p. 56.
    • People Weekly, April 18, 1994, .
    • U.S. News & World Report, April 28, 1997, p. 16.*

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