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David Lynch

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian", and which is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Indeed, the surreal and in many cases violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences. Moving around various parts of the United States as a child within his middle class family, Lynch went on to study painting in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. Deciding to devote himself more fully to this medium, he moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. Then being employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he proceeded to make two films. First, the science-fiction epic Dune (1984), which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film, Blue Velvet (1986), which was highly critically acclaimed. Proceeding to create his own television series with Mark Frost, the highly popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1992), he also created a cinematic prequel, Fire Walk With Me (1992), a road movie, Wild at Heart (1990), and a family film, The Straight Story (1999) in the same period. Turning further towards surrealist filmmaking, three of his following films worked on "dream logic" non-linear narrative structures, Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006). Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, for his films The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, and also received a screenplay Academy Award nomination for The Elephant Man. Lynch has twice won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the country's top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and then an Officier in 2007, while that same year, The Guardian described Lynch as "the most important director of this era". Allmovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", whilst the success of his films have led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist.

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Jan 20, 1946 In Missoula, Montana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Oscars 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie L'Image Originelle - David Lynch 2022
Known For
Poster of Lucky
Poster of DumbLand
Poster of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Poster of The Elephant Man
Movie A Fall from Grace William Tabb 2022
Movie L'Image Originelle - David Lynch Unknown 2022
Movie Moby Doc Self 2021-05-28
Movie Welcome Home: Mary Reber and the Twin Peaks Palmer House Unknown 2021-03-10
Movie Meeting the Beatles in India Unknown 2020-09-09
Movie The Story of A Small Bug Self 2020-06-12
Movie I Know Catherine, The Log Lady Himself 2020-12-31
Movie Making Waves : The Art of Cinematic Sound Himself 2019-10-25
Movie Two Blue Balls Himself 2017-12-05
Movie WHAT DID JACK DO? Detective 2017-11-08
Movie Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Along for the Ride Self 2017-11-03
Movie Girlfriend's Day Narrator (voice) 2017-01-24
Movie A Pot of Boiling Oil Himself 2017-12-05
Movie David Lynch: The Art Life Himself 2017-02-15
Movie The Black Ghiandola Man In Black 2017-04-22
Movie Lucky Howard 2017-09-29
Movie Rocksteppy Himself 2017-01-01
Movie Tell It Martin Himself 2017-12-05
Movie See You on the Other Side Dear Friend Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Bad Binoculars Himself 2017-12-05
Movie I Had Bad Milk in Dehradun Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Number of Completion Himself 2017-12-05
Movie A Very Lovely Dream: One Week in Twin Peaks Himself 2017-12-20
Movie The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Polish Accountant Himself 2017-12-05
Movie Behind the Red Curtain Himself 2017-12-05
Movie A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth Himself 2017-12-05
Movie The Reality of Truth Himself 2016-07-19
Movie On Meditation Himself 2016-07-27
Movie Blue Velvet Revisited Himself 2016-10-07
Movie Shadows of Paradise Unknown 2016-10-11
Movie Brand: A Second Coming Himself 2015-03-13
Movie The Music of David Lynch Benefit Concert Unknown 2015-04-01
Movie Rammstein in Amerika Himself 2015-09-25
Movie The 8th Floor Unknown 2014-05-10
Movie It's a Beautiful World Himself 2014-04-21
Movie Between Two Worlds Himself 2014-07-29
Movie Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Gordon Cole 2014-07-16
Movie My Beautiful Broken Brain Self 2014-11-21
Movie Professor Goudet's Lessons Unknown 2013-04-06
Series Un film et son époque Self 2013-01-16
Movie Mel Brooks: Make a Noise Himself 2013-05-20
Movie What is Cinema? Himself 2013-09-06
Movie Side by Side Self 2012-08-19
Movie Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Self 2012-09-05
Movie Memory Film Unknown 2012-12-11
Movie Meditation Creativity Peace Himself 2012-11-15
Movie Ångesthunden och Malmö Under Vatten Himself 2011-01-01
Movie David Wants to Fly Unknown 2010-05-06
Movie When Lynch Met Lucas Unknown 2010-02-13
Movie Brunes et Blondes Self 2010-10-06
Series Louie Jack Dall 2010-06-29
Movie 2012: Time for Change Self 2010-10-08
Movie La traversée du désir Unknown 2009-03-16
Movie Great Directors Himself 2009-05-19
Series The Cleveland Show Unknown 2009-09-27
Movie Peixe Vermelho O Sábio 2009-06-16
Movie Crítico Himself (voice) 2008-01-28
Movie Hollyshorts Greeting Himself 2008-11-25
Movie Elvis: Viva Las Vegas Himself 2008-09-16
Movie Early Experiments Unknown 2008-11-25
Movie Twin Peaks Festival Greeting 2008 Himself 2008-11-25
Movie Le son de Lynch Unknown 2007-01-01
Movie Out Yonder Teeth Unknown 2007-01-01
Movie Out Yonder Chicken Unknown 2007-01-01
Movie Boat Unknown 2007-01-30
Movie Lynch 2 Unknown 2007-01-01
Movie Lynch (one) Himself 2007-10-26
Movie David Lynch Cooks Quinoa Himself 2007-08-14
Movie Out Yonder (Neighbor Boy) Unknown 2007-09-10
Movie A Slice of Lynch Unknown 2007-10-30
Movie Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Himself 2006-06-20
Series Legends Unknown 2006-07-15
Movie Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent Filmmaker Himself 2005-01-01
Movie Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart' himself 2004-12-07
Movie The Making of: Mulholland Drive Himself 2004-04-05
Movie Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments Self 2004-05-01
Movie Lamp himself 2003-09-09
Movie Does That Hurt You? self 2003-10-18
Movie Mysteries of Love Himself (archive footage) 2002-01-01
Series DumbLand Randy (voice) / Wife (voice) / Sparky (voice) 2002-01-01
Movie The Disc of Sorrow Is Installed Unknown 2002-01-01
Movie The Short Films of David Lynch Himself 2002-06-01
Movie I Don't Know Jack Himself 2002-04-05
Movie Eraserhead Stories Himself 2001-09-06
Movie The Making of The Third Place Himself 2000-01-01
Movie The Third Place Duck 2000-12-02
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story Unknown 1999-10-07
Series Independent Focus Himself 1998-09-09
Movie The A-Z of Separating People from their Money Himself 1998-10-18
Movie Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch Himself 1997-10-14
Movie The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money Himself 1996-11-17
Movie Don Van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff Himself 1994-09-09
Movie Nadja Morgue Receptionist 1994-09-13
Movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Gordon Cole 1992-06-03
Series Twin Peaks FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole (voice) 1990-04-08
Movie Hollywood Mavericks Himself 1990-09-07
Movie David Lynch: Don't Look at Me Himself 1989-01-01
Movie No Frank in Lumberton Unknown 1988-01-01
Movie Zelly and Me Willie 1988-04-15
Movie Surrealist Cinema presented by David Lynch himself 1987-04-24
Movie Ruth, Roses, and Revolver Himself 1987-09-25
Movie Dune Spice Miner 1984-12-14
Movie Heart Beat Painter 1980-04-25
Movie The Elephant Man Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick 1980-10-02
Movie The Amputee Nurse 1974-01-01
Movie Sailing with Bushnell Keeler Unknown 1967-01-01
Series The Oscars Self 1953-03-18