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John Waters

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns. As his filmmaking grew more polished and his subject matter more shocking, his audiences grew bigger, and his write-ups in the Baltimore papers more outraged. By the early 1970s he was making features, which he managed to get shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas by sheer perseverance. Success came when Pink Flamingos (1972) - a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste - took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actor Divine's infamous dog-crap eating scene. Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray (1988), and although his movies nowadays might now appear cleaned up and professional, they retain Waters' playfulness, and reflect his lifelong obsessions.

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Apr 22, 1946 In Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Blaze
Latest Project:
Movie TURA! 2022
Known For
Poster of Hairspray
Poster of 'Til Death Do Us Part
Poster of Seed of Chucky
Poster of Thinking XXX
Movie Blaze 2022
Movie TURA! Unknown 2022
Movie Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Professor Linnaeus 2020-02-27
Movie The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo Himself 2020-03-15
Movie Joel Calls Indie Film Type Dudes Unknown 2020-03-23
Movie Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 3: Comedy and Camp Self 2020-06-23
Movie Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 2: Horror and Sci-Fi Host 2020-05-19
Movie Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time - Vol. 1: Midnight Madness Host 2020-04-21
Movie Sniffing Out ‘Polyester’ Unknown 2019-01-01
Movie Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn Himself 2019-09-29
Movie Obscene Dogma 19 Lars von Queer 2019-12-14
Movie At the Video Store Himself 2019-10-11
Movie 30/30 Vision: Three Decades of Strand Releasing Unknown 2019-12-14
Movie Crime and Beauty: Making ‘Female Trouble’ Unknown 2018-01-01
Series Liverspots and Astronots O-Dor 2018-10-18
Movie Mugworth Sir Butler 2018-11-02
Movie Sickies Making Films Self 2018-02-22
Movie Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution Himself 2017-06-12
Movie Mansfield 66/67 Himself 2017-01-29
Series re:View Himself (archive footage) 2016-05-24
Series The New Yorker Presents Himself 2016-02-16
Movie Whatever Happened to Gelitin Himself 2016-03-10
Movie In Conversation With Director John Waters, Actress Kathleen Turner and Actress Mink Stole himself 2016-05-09
Movie The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin Unknown 2015-09-08
Movie Tab Hunter Confidential Himself 2015-03-15
Movie Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment Self 2015-10-30
Movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip First Class Passenger 2015-12-17
Movie Suburban Gothic Cornelius 2014-07-19
Movie I Am Divine Himself 2013-03-09
Movie The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies Himself 2013-03-27
Series The Blacklist John Waters 2013-09-23
Series Finding Your Roots Self 2012-03-24
Movie Charles Manson, The Church of Satan, The Universal Order & The Process Church of Final Judgment Unknown 2012-06-06
Movie Mansome Himself 2012-05-18
Movie Excision William 2012-09-12
Movie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Mark Frettlby 2012-10-28
Movie Paul Bowles: The Cage Door Is Always Open Unknown 2012-09-25
Movie Frankenstein: A Modern Myth Self - Director 2012-10-31
Movie Mangus! Unknown 2011-01-01
Movie These Amazing Shadows Self 2011-01-22
Movie Blank City Himself 2011-04-06
Movie The Advocate for Fagdom Himself 2011-11-04
Movie Kapyong Narrator 2011-04-28
Movie Beautiful Darling Self 2010-04-02
Movie Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore Unknown 2010-06-01
Movie William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Self 2010-11-05
Series Offspring Unknown 2010-08-22
Movie Centre Place Jack Houghton 2010-07-27
Movie For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism Himself 2009-03-01
Movie It Came from Kuchar Self 2009-09-22
Movie New Line Cinema: The First Generation and the Next Generation Unknown 2008-03-05
Movie Coven of the Heathenites Himself 2008-01-01
Movie Starz Inside: In the Gutter Himself 2008-07-29
Movie The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels Narrator 2008-10-31
Movie Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press Himself 2008-09-26
Movie Not Quite Hollywood 2008-08-28
Movie Each Time I Kill Movie Watcher 2007-03-30
Movie Here's Looking at You, Boy Himself 2007-02-16
Movie Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis Himself 2007-04-11
Series The Graham Norton Show Himself 2007-02-22
Series 'Til Death Do Us Part Unknown 2007-03-19
Movie Hairspray Flasher 2007-07-19
Movie Jackass 2.5 Himself 2007-12-18
Movie Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story Himself 2007-11-08
Movie There's a Hippo in my House Narrator (Voice) 2007-10-21
Series Indie Sex Himself 2007-08-01
Movie That Man: Peter Berlin Himself 2006-01-13
Movie This Film Is Not Yet Rated Self - Director of 'A Dirty Shame' 2006-01-26
Movie Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Himself 2006-01-01
Movie I, of the Cyclops Unknown 2006-01-01
Movie Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades Unknown 2006-03-21
Movie Meet The Kuchar Brothers Unknown 2006-01-01
Movie The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off & On Broadway Himself 2006-08-01
Movie This Filthy World Himself 2006-11-24
Movie Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes Unknown 2006-03-21
Movie Jackass Number Two Himself 2006-09-22
Series I Love the '70s: Volume 2 Unknown 2006-07-10
Movie (buz'be bur'kle) n. A Study in Style Himself 2006-03-21
Series The Henry Rollins Show Unknown 2006-04-01
Movie Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Himself 2006-06-20
Movie Inside Deep Throat Himself 2005-02-11
Movie It Came from... Baltimore!! Himself 2005-05-12
Movie Seed of Chucky: Storyboard to Final Feature Comparison Pete Peters 2005-07-06
Movie All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' Himself 2005-06-14
Movie Stealth Black Ops Doctor 2005-07-27
Movie Thinking XXX Self 2004-10-27
Movie Plagues & Pleasures On the Salton Sea Narrator 2004-10-29
Movie Seed of Chucky Pete Peters 2004-11-11
Movie A History of Sex Himself 2003-01-14
Movie Abby Singer Himself 2003-10-28
Series Real Time with Bill Maher Self 2003-02-21
Movie The Cockettes Self 2002-01-16
Movie Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat The Reverend 2002-03-31
Movie Memories of Oz Himself 2001-06-24
Movie In Bad Taste Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story Unknown 2000-09-08
Movie Cecil B. Demented Reporter 2000-05-17
Movie Forever Hollywood Himself 1999-01-01
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Pornmonger Man 1999-09-20
Movie Sweet and Lowdown Mr. Haynes 1999-12-03
Movie Welcome to Hollywood John Waters 1998-10-01
Movie Divine Trash Himself 1998-01-18
Series So Graham Norton Unknown 1998-07-03
Movie Pecker Pervert on Phone (voice) 1998-09-25
Movie Anthem Self 1997-07-25
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! Unknown 1996-08-13
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Movie Serial Mom Ted Bundy (voice) 1994-04-13
Movie Growing Up with John Waters Himself 1993-01-01
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Series Frasier Roger (voice) 1993-09-16
Series HBO First Look Unknown 1992-06-12
Movie Gastronomic Getaway Unknown 1991-01-01
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Homer and Eddie Robber #1 1989-08-17
Movie Hairspray Dr. Fredrickson 1988-02-26
Movie Way USA! Unknown 1988-01-01
Series 21 Jump Street Mr. Bean 1987-04-12
Movie Something Wild Used Car Guy 1986-11-07
Movie The Ballad of Sexual Dependency Unknown 1986-01-01
Movie Divine Waters Self 1985-01-01
Movie The Perfectionist Stuart Gunn 1985-12-01
Series All the Rivers Run Brenton Edwards 1983-10-04
Movie Attack Force Z Ted King 1982-06-01
Movie Demolition 1979-06-21
Movie Summerfield David Abbott 1977-09-30
Movie The Getting of Wisdom Rev. Shepherd 1977-08-25
Movie End Play Mark Gifford 1976-01-01
Movie Edith's Shopping Bag Himself 1976-01-01
Movie The Adventures of Eliza Fraser David Bracefell 1976-12-16
Series Saturday Night Live Himself 1975-10-11
Movie Love Letter to Edie Himself 1975-01-01
Series Rush 1974-08-20
Movie Pink Flamingos Narrator 1972-03-12
Movie Mondo Trasho Reporter (voice) (uncredited) 1969-03-14