David Cronenberg Biography (1943-)

Born May 15, 1943, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; son of Milton (a writer and editor) and Esther (a musician; maiden name, Sumberg) Cronenberg; brother of Denise Cronenberg (a costume designer); married first wife (divorced); marriedCarolyn; children: (first marriage) Cassandra (an assistant director); (second marriage) Caitlin, two others. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Contact: c/o184 Cottingham St., Toronto, Ontario M4V 1C5, Canada; c/o Toronto Antenna Ltd., 17 Madison Ave., Suite 201, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, Canada.

Nationality
Canadian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, screenwriter, editor, producer, cinematographer, actor
Birth Details
May 15, 1943
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director, producer, editor, and cinematographer, Transfer (short film), 1966
  • Director, producer, editor, and cinematographer, From the Drain (short film), 1967
  • Director, producer, editor, and cinematographer, Stereo, EmergentFilms, 1969
  • Director, producer, editor, and cinematographer, Crimes of the Future, Emergent Films, 1970
  • Director, producer, editor, and cinematographer, Jim Ritchie, Sculptor, 1971
  • Director, They Came from Within (also known as Frissons, Orgy of the Blood Parasites, The Parasite Murders, and Shivers), American International Pictures, 1975
  • Director, Rabid (also known as Rage), New World Pictures, 1977
  • Director, Fast Company, Topar, 1978
  • Director, The Brood (also known as La clinique de la terreur and David Cronenberg's The Brood), New World Pictures, 1979
  • Director, Scanners (also known as Telepathy 2000), Avco Embassy, 1981
  • Director, Videodrome, Universal, 1983
  • Director, The Dead Zone, Paramount, 1983
  • Director, The Fly, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Director and (with Marc Boyman) producer, Dead Ringers (also knownas Gemini and Twins), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • Director, Naked Lunch, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Director, M. Butterfly, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Director and producer, Crash, Fine Line, 1996
  • Executive producer, I'm Losing You, Lions Gate Films, 1998
  • Director and producer, eXistenZ, Miramax, 1999
  • Director, Camera (short film), 2000
  • Producer and director, Spider, Sony Pictures Classics, 2002
  • Director, Painkillers, 2003
  • Producer of short films at the University of Toronto.
  • Film Appearances
  • Group supervisor, Into the Night, Universal, 1985
  • Gynecologist, The Fly, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Dr. Decker, Nightbreed (also known as Clive Barker's Nightbreed), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Himself, Naked Making Lunch, 1992
  • Blue, Miramax, 1993
  • The director, Trial by Jury, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Doc Fisher, Henry and Verlin, Original Motion Picture Company, 1994
  • Stan Coleburn, Boozecan, 1994
  • Man at lake, To Die For, Columbia, 1995
  • Stephen, Blood & Donuts, Malofilm, 1995
  • (Uncredited) Voice of auto salesperson, Crash, Fine Line, 1996
  • Postal supervisor, The Stupids, New Line Cinema, 1996
  • Hospital attorney, Extreme Measures, Columbia, 1996
  • The Grace of God, 1997
  • Duncan, Last Night, Lions Gate Films, 1998
  • Himself, David Cronenberg: I Have to Make the Word Be Flesh, 1999
  • Himself, The American Nightmare, 2000
  • Dr. Wimmer, Jason X, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Himself/Dr. Wimmer, By Any Means Necessary: The Making of "Jason X," New Line Home Video, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Director, editor, and cinematographer, Tourettes, 1971
  • Director, editor, and cinematographer, Letter from Michelangelo, 1971
  • Director, editor, and cinematographer, Winter Garden, 1972
  • Director, editor, and cinematographer, Scarborough Bluffs, 1972
  • Director, editor, and cinematographer, Lakeshore, 1972
  • Director, editor, and cinematographer, In the Dirt, 1972
  • Director, editor, and cinematographer, Fort York, 1972
  • Director, editor, and cinematographer, Don Valley, 1972
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Secret Weapons," Programme X, 1972
  • "The Lie Chair," Peep Show, 1976
  • "The Victim," Peep Show, 1976
  • "The Italian Machine," Teleplay, 1976
  • "Regina vs. Horvath," Scales of Justice, 1990
  • "Regina vs. Logan," Scales of Justice, 1990
  • Also directed "Faith Healer," an episode of Friday the 13th: The Series (also known as Friday's Curse, Friday's Game, and Friday the 13th), syndicated.
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Clem Clayton, Moonshine Highway, Showtime, 1996
  • Father Rousell, Resurrection, HBO, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • Detective Stobel, The Judge (also known as Steve Martini's TheJudge), NBC, 2001
  • Specials
  • Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg (documentary), CBC, 1987
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Hollywood Aliens & Monsters (also known as To Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill), 1997
  • The Fly Papers: The Buzz on Hollywood's Scariest Insect, AMC, 2000
  • The American Nightmare, Independent Film Channel, 2000
  • Masters of Horror, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Himself, "Idella's Breakdown," Maniac Mansion, The Family Channel,1992
  • Himself, "Meltdown: Part 1," The Newsroom, CBC, 1997
  • Himself, "New Years Eve 1999," Royal Canadian Air Farce, CBC, 1999
  • Himself, Open Mike with Mike Bullard, 2003
  • Also appeared as himself, The Directors, Encore; himself, Festival Pass with Chris Gore.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • "Sneakers," Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Volume 2, Penguin HighBridge Audio, 1994
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Transfer (short film), 1966
  • From the Drain (short film), 1967
  • Stereo, Emergent Films, 1969
  • Crimes of the Future, Emergent Films, 1970
  • Jim Ritchie, Sculptor, 1971
  • They Came from Within (also known as Frissons, Orgy of the Blood Parasites, The Parasite Murders, and Shivers), American International Pictures, 1975
  • Rabid (also known as Rage), New World Pictures, 1977
  • Fast Company, Topar, 1978
  • The Brood (also known as La clinique de la terreur and David Cronenberg's The Brood), New World Pictures, 1979
  • Scanners (also known as Telepathy 2000), Avco Embassy, 1981
  • Videodrome, Universal, 1983
  • (With Charles Pogue) The Fly (based on a story by George Langelaan), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • (With Norman Snider) Dead Ringers (also known as Gemini andTwins; based on the book The Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • Naked Lunch (based on the novel by William S. Burroughs), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Crash (based on a novel by J. G. Ballard), Fine Line, 1996
  • eXistenZ (also known as Crimes of the Future), Miramax, 1999
  • Camera (short film), 2000
  • Painkillers, 2003
  • Television Specials
  • Tourettes, 1971
  • Letter from Michelangelo, 1971
  • Winter Garden, 1972
  • Scarborough Bluffs, 1972
  • Lakeshore, 1972
  • In the Dirt, 1972
  • Fort York, 1972
  • Don Valley, 1972
  • Television Episodes
  • Wrote Teleplay.
  • Nonfiction
  • Cronenberg on Cronenberg, edited by Chris Rodley, Faber & Faber, 1992

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Dompierre, Louise, Prent/Cronenberg: Crimes against Nature, PowerPlant, 1987
    • Gruenberg, Serge, David Cronenberg, Cahiers du Cinema, 1992
    • Handling, Piers, editor, The Shape of Rage: The Films of David Cronenberg, General Publishing, 1983
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    • Morris, Peter, David Cronenberg: A Delicate Balance, Eclipse Books, 1994
    Periodicals
    • Artforum, March, 1997, p. 76
    • Film Comment, March/April, 1997, p. 14
    • Interview, January, 1992, p. 80; August, 1996, p. 64
    • Maclean's, June 3, 1996, p. 54; November 11, 1996, p. 72
    • Rolling Stone, February 6, 1992, p. 66
    • Saturday Night, September, 1993, p. 42; October, 1996, p. 119

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