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Birth information

11 September 1940 Newark, New Jersey, USA

Given Name

Brian Russell De Palma

Nickname

Bri

How tall is Brian De Palma?

1.8 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Darnell Gregorio-De Palma
Gale Anne Hurd
Nancy Allen

Life Story of Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers.

Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family. Originally entering university as a physics student, de Palma became attracted to films after seeing such classics as Citizen Kane (1941). Enrolling in Sarah Lawrence College, he found lasting influences from such varied teachers as Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol.

At first, his films comprised of such black-and-white films as To Bridge This Gap (1969). He then discovered a young actor whose fame would influence Hollywood forever. In 1968, de Palma made the comedic film Greetings (1968) starring Robert de Niro in his first ever credited film role. The two followed up immediately with the film The Wedding Party (1969) and Hi, Mom! (1970).

After making such small-budget thrillers such as Sisters (1972) and Obsession (1976), De Palma was offered the chance to direct a film based on the Stephen King novel "Carrie". The story deals with a...

Significant features of Brian De Palma

[Split screen] Often uses split screens (created optically or using a split diopter while shooting) to build suspense and/or convey story information. This allows the audience to choose what to look at and engages them further in the story (Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Carrie...

Publications and Magazines about Brian De Palma

Samuel Blumenfeld & Laurent Vachaud Brian De Palma. 2001
Michiael Bliss Brian De Palma. 1983
Laurent Bouzereau The De Palma Cut. 1988
Susan Dworkin Double De Palma: A Film Study with Brian De Palma. 1984

Biographical movies about Brian De Palma

The Life of Brian 2002
De Palma 2015
Scene by Scene: "Brian De Palma" 1998
De Palma & Donaggio: Masters of Pure Cinema 2016

What movies did Brian De Palma play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Snake Eyes (1998) , The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) , Body Double (1984) , Home Movies (1979) , Carrie (1976) , The Wedding Party (1969) ,
Directors Filmography
Predator , Sweet Vengeance , Domino (2019) , Passion (2012) , Redacted (2007) , The Black Dahlia (2006) , Femme Fatale (2002) , Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 (2001) , Mission to Mars (2000) , Snake Eyes (1998) , Mission: Impossible (1996) , Carlito's Way (1993) ,...

Birth information

11 September 1940 Newark, New Jersey, USA

Given Name

Brian Russell De Palma

Nickname

Bri

How tall is Brian De Palma?

1.8 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Darnell Gregorio-De Palma
Gale Anne Hurd
Nancy Allen

Life Story of Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers.

Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family. Originally entering university as a physics student, de Palma became attracted to films after seeing such classics as Citizen Kane (1941). Enrolling in Sarah Lawrence College, he found lasting influences from such varied teachers as Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol.

At first, his films comprised of such black-and-white films as To Bridge This Gap (1969). He then discovered a young actor whose fame would influence Hollywood forever. In 1968, de Palma made the comedic film Greetings (1968) starring Robert de Niro in his first ever credited film role. The two followed up immediately with the film The Wedding Party (1969) and Hi, Mom! (1970).

After making such small-budget thrillers such as Sisters (1972) and Obsession (1976), De Palma was offered the chance to direct a film based on the Stephen King novel "Carrie". The story deals with a...

Significant features of Brian De Palma

[Split screen] Often uses split screens (created optically or using a split diopter while shooting) to build suspense and/or convey story information. This allows the audience to choose what to look at and engages them further in the story (Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Carrie...

Publications and Magazines about Brian De Palma

Samuel Blumenfeld & Laurent Vachaud Brian De Palma. 2001
Michiael Bliss Brian De Palma. 1983
Laurent Bouzereau The De Palma Cut. 1988
Susan Dworkin Double De Palma: A Film Study with Brian De Palma. 1984

Biographical movies about Brian De Palma

The Life of Brian 2002
De Palma 2015
Scene by Scene: "Brian De Palma" 1998
De Palma & Donaggio: Masters of Pure Cinema 2016

What movies did Brian De Palma play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Snake Eyes (1998) , The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) , Body Double (1984) , Home Movies (1979) , Carrie (1976) , The Wedding Party (1969) ,
Directors Filmography
Predator , Sweet Vengeance , Domino (2019) , Passion (2012) , Redacted (2007) , The Black Dahlia (2006) , Femme Fatale (2002) , Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 (2001) , Mission to Mars (2000) , Snake Eyes (1998) , Mission: Impossible (1996) , Carlito's Way (1993) ,...

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Brian De Palma and Paprika Steen in Domino (2019)

Has directed 3 actors to Oscar nominations: Sissy Spacek (Best Actress, Carrie (1976)), Piper Laurie (Best Supporting Actress, Carrie (1976)), and Sean Connery (Best Supporting Actor, The Untouchables (1987)). Connery won an Oscar for his performance.

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Brian De Palma and Sachli Gholamalizad in Domino (2019)

Holds the dubious distinction of being the director with the most nominations for Worst Director at the Razzie Awards. He was nominated for Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), Body Double (1984), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) and Mission to Mars (2000), but failed to win for any of these films.

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Brian De Palma, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Carice van Houten in Domino (2019)

Two of his films, Sisters (1972) and Blow Out (1981), are in the Criterion Collection.

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Brian De Palma and John A. Alonzo

Has said that Scarface (1983) and Body Double (1984) are the two films of his that have been attacked the most. Dressed to Kill (1980) also received a lot of negative attention as well.

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Brian De Palma and John A. Alonzo

Is a democrat.

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Tom Cruise and Brian De Palma in Mission: Impossible (1996)

He is the godfather of Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving's son Max.

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Tom Cruise and Brian De Palma in Mission: Impossible (1996)

Though it's already known he assisted George Lucas several times while Lucas was making Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), he was a little skeptic and critical about the final product, after seeing for the first time, quoting "What is this crap about the force?". Source: Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003).

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Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, and Paula Wagner in Mission: Impossible (1996)

Two of his films are based on television shows: The Untouchables (1987) and Mission: Impossible (1996).

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Al Pacino and Brian De Palma in Carlito's Way (1993)

He was asked to direct Flashdance (1983), but turned it down in favour of Scarface (1983).

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Al Pacino and Brian De Palma in Scarface (1983)

He really wanted to direct Cruising (1980) but his producers could not obtain the rights to the material, so he made Dressed to Kill (1980) instead.

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Al Pacino and Brian De Palma in Scarface (1983)

Tom Cruise asked him to return as director for Mission: Impossible II (2000), but he declined.

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Brian De Palma, John Lithgow, Vilmos Zsigmond, etc.

He was asked to direct Fatal Attraction (1987), but turned it down, feeling it was too similar to Play Misty for Me (1971). He also felt that Michael Douglas was not a good leading man, but has since admitted he was wrong about that.

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Brian De Palma and Melanie Griffith in Der Tod kommt zweimal (1984)

He was originally going to direct Taxi Driver (1976). In fact, it was he who introduced Martin Scorsese to screenwriter Paul Schrader.

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Brian De Palma and Stephen H. Burum in Der Tod kommt zweimal (1984)

He was originally assigned to direct Angeklagt (1988).

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Brian De Palma, Noomi Rapace, and Rachel McAdams in Passion (2012)

He was considered to direct The Truman Show (1998).

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Brian De Palma and Vilmos Zsigmond in Blow Out - Der Tod löscht alle Spuren (1981)

He was considered to direct Thelma & Louise (1991).

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John Travolta, Brian De Palma, Vilmos Zsigmond, etc.

He was going to direct Der Geist und die Dunkelheit (1996) in the early 1990s with Kevin Costner in the lead role. However when The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) proved to be a box office disaster the studio withdrew their offer to De Palma and Costner went on to do The Bodyguard (1992).

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Brian De Palma, Karoline Herfurth, and Noomi Rapace in Passion (2012)

Went to see Vertigo (1958) at Radio City Music Hall when it was originally released in 1958.

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Brian De Palma and José Luis Alcaine in Passion (2012)

Retrospective at the Cinémathèque française in Paris in 2018 (31st May - 4th July).

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Brian De Palma, Noah Baumbach, and Jake Paltrow in De Palma (2015)

Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2002 (6th Feb. - 4th March).

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Good friends with Steven Spielberg, Francis ford Coppola, George Lucas, and martin Scorsese.

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Brian De Palma at an event for Domino (2019)

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Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian De Palma, etc.

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Brian De Palma, Noah Baumbach, and Jake Paltrow at an event for De Palma (2015)

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Brian De Palma, John A. Alonzo, and Michael Ferris in Scarface (1983)

Won top prize in regional Science Fair in high school. Project was "An Analog Computer to Solve Differential Equations." Cf. computer nerd in Dressed to Kill (1980).

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Brian De Palma, Noomi Rapace, and Rachel McAdams in Passion (2012)

De Palma bases his most famous cinematic predilection, voyeurism, on a specific childhood incident. When he was a child, his parents split up, his mother accusing his father of infidelity. The young De Palma spent several days stalking his dad with recording equipment, hoping to find evidence to confirm his mother's suspicions.

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Antonio Banderas, Brian De Palma, and Rebecca Romijn in Femme Fatale (2002)

Uncle of actor Cameron De Palma.

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Brian De Palma in Mission to Mars (2000)

In the 1970s, De Palma helped a close friend on a film project. He helped audition and interview actors. When the film was shot, DePalma did some uncredited writing on an opening "scrawl," a device the friend thought of at the last minute to help explain events in the film, so the audience would not be confused. The friend was George Lucas and the film was Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

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Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, and Paula Wagner in Mission: Impossible (1996)

First child with Gale Anne Hurd, Lolita, born September 19, 1991.

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Brian De Palma in Spiel auf Zeit (1998)

Second daughter, Piper De Palma, born October 21 1996 in Palo Alto, California.

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Al Pacino and Brian De Palma in Carlito's Way (1993)

Is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen and directed him in the music video "Dancing in the Dark".

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Brian De Palma in Passion (2012)

Wrote the role of the call girl in Dressed to Kill (1980) specifically with his then wife Nancy Allen in mind.

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Tom Cruise and Brian De Palma in Mission: Impossible (1996)

Member of the 'Platform' jury at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2016.

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Tom Cruise and Brian De Palma in Mission: Impossible (1996)

Ex-stepfather of The O.C. (2003) actress Willa Holland and Brianna Holland.

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Brian De Palma and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Domino (2019)

Received a special thanks credit in Mean Streets (1973) for introducing Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to one another.

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Al Pacino and Brian De Palma in Scarface (1983)

His three favorite films are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Red Shoes (1948) and Vertigo (1958).

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Brian De Palma, José Luis Alcaine, and Sachli Gholamalizad in Domino (2019)

Revealed in an interview with French TV that a dream project since he started making movies has been an adaptation of the Alfred Bester novel "The Demolished Man". He said it's still a dream project because of its incalculable cost to produce.

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