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Gus Van Sant

Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Directing for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting and his 2008 film Milk, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant. He lives in Portland, Oregon. His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures. His filmography as writer and director includes an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d. lang, with cameos by William S. Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others); and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Reeves as well as River Phoenix. He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink. A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.

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Jul 24, 1952 In Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mala Noche 1986-02-05
Latest Project:
Movie Thank You for Supporting the Arts 2022
Known For
Poster of Zeroville
Poster of Rescued from the Closet
Poster of Finding Forrester
Poster of My Own Private Idaho
Movie Thank You for Supporting the Arts Unknown 2022
Movie Zeroville Film Archive Curator 2019-09-19
Movie At the Video Store Himself 2019-10-11
Movie Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Willamette Week Editor 2018-04-04
Movie Illegal Civilization 3 Himself 2018-08-25
Movie I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman Unknown 2015-08-07
Movie About Cinema Unknown 2015-09-15
Movie The Canyons Dr. Campbell 2013-07-29
Movie A Special Day Himself 2012-05-16
Series The Greatest Event in Television History Self 2012-10-12
Movie The Story of Film: An Odyssey Self 2011-09-03
Movie The Advocate for Fagdom Himself 2011-11-04
Movie William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Self 2010-11-05
Movie Crítico Himself 2008-01-28
Movie Making Paranoid Park Unknown 2008-04-24
Movie Here's Looking at You, Boy Himself 2007-02-16
Movie Paranoid Park Guy Reading Newspaper (uncredited) 2007-05-21
Movie Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Himself 2006-01-01
Movie The Making of My Own Private Idaho Unknown 2005-03-01
Movie Last Days Phone Voice (voice) 2005-05-13
Movie The Making of Last Days Himself 2004-01-01
Movie Saltlake Van Sant Himself 2003-11-11
Movie Rescued from the Closet Himself 2001-05-29
Movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Gus Van Sant 2001-08-22
Movie Psycho Path Himself 2000-02-10
Movie Finding Forrester Library Assistant (uncredited) 2000-12-21
Movie The Making of Drugstore Cowboy Unknown 1999-10-26
Movie Strange Parallel himself 1998-10-14
Movie Psycho Man Talking to Man in Cowboy Hat (uncredited) 1998-12-04
Movie My Own Private Idaho Man Behind Hotel Counter (uncredited) 1991-02-01
Movie Drugstore Cowboy Himself (uncredited) 1989-10-20
Movie Junior Himself 1988-01-01
Movie Five Ways to Kill Yourself Unknown 1987-01-01
Movie Mala Noche Guy at Hotel (uncredited) 1986-02-05