Andy Warhol

Birthday: Aug 6, 1928
Birthplace: Forest City, Pennsylvania, USA
American pop artist Andy Warhol became a pop icon himself, symbolizing the wild decadence of the "beautiful people" of the 1970s. Born Andrew Warhola in Pennsylvania, he studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology before designing advertisements for women's shoes. After gaining notoriety for his pop-art renditions of things such as Campbell's Soup cans and silk screens of Marilyn Monroe, Warhol began making experimental films during the early '60s. Most of his early works were little more than passive chronicles of the ordinary. For example, in the film Sleep, he simple recorded a man sleeping for several hours. Such endeavors were heralded as groundbreaking by other experimental filmmakers, but the public and most critics generally regarded them as wastes of film, and their time. Still, Warhol continued making these plotless films until he eventually began adding crude soundtracks and sketchy scripts. Many of these films are filled with his "players": the beautiful people, "freaks," and wealthy dilettantes that constantly surrounded the artist and his "Factory," an art studio he founded in 1962. His films became a form of cinéma vérité, a voyeur's delight of strange people doing equally strange things. Some of the players Warhol turned into underground celebrities included Candy Darling, Viva, Holly Woodlawn, and Ingrid Superstar. Simply playing versions of themselves, they left the viewer to decide if they were, in fact, real people or simply fantastical figures. Many of Warhol's films were centered on sex and death, and the sex in his films was often explicit and transcended traditional gender boundaries. In 1968, Warhol was wounded by a disgruntled Factory reject, an incident which inspired the 1996 movie I Shot Andy Warhol. While healing, he began to withdraw from filmmaking, closed the Factory, and turned the reins of his operation over to filmmakers such as Paul Morrissey, who helped make subsequent movies more commercially accessible. Morrissey was behind Warhol's best known films Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula, both of which were shot while in Rome in 1973. Although Warhol never fully recovered from the attempt on his life and had stopped making films, he did continue his voyeurism of the strange lives of his illustrious friends via the Polaroid camera he carried with him until he died in 1987 from complications following surgery.

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81% That Summer Actor 2018
91% Uncle Howard Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Life of Juanita Castro Director 2014
No Score Yet Tiger Morse Director 2013
77% Beautiful Darling Actor $13.9K 2011
88% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Actor $46.9K 2010
71% Chelsea on the Rocks Actor 2009
68% The Universe of Keith Haring Actor 2008
56% The Feature Actor 2008
No Score Yet 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests Director 2008
No Score Yet Haircut #1 and Kiss Director 2007
No Score Yet Ari & Mario Director 2007
100% Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film Actor 2006
73% Who Gets to Call It Art? Actor 2006
No Score Yet American Masters - Andy Warhol Actor 2006
No Score Yet Punk Drunk Love: The Images of Mick Rock Actor 2004
No Score Yet Beauty #2 Director 2003
No Score Yet Tintin and Me Actor 2003
88% Nico Icon Actor 1995
86% Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol Actor 1990
92% Imagine: John Lennon Actor 1988
No Score Yet Andy Warhol Actor 1987
No Score Yet Portfolio Actor 1984
No Score Yet Cocaine Cowboys Himself 1979
No Score Yet Blank Generation Himself 1979
71% Andy Warhol's Bad Executive Producer 1977
No Score Yet Chelsea Girls With Andy Warhol Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Driver's Seat English Lord 1975
No Score Yet Painters Painting Actor 1973
100% Heat Actor Producer 1972
50% CS Blues (Cocksucker Blues) Actor 1972
64% Ciao! Manhattan Actor 1972
No Score Yet Kitchen Director 1971
No Score Yet Dynamite Chicken Actor 1971
No Score Yet Women in Revolt Producer 1971
91% Andy Warhol's Trash Producer 1970
No Score Yet Imitation of Christ Director Producer 1969
No Score Yet Blue Movie Screenwriter Director 1969
No Score Yet Walden - Diaries Notes and Sketches Actor 1969
No Score Yet Lonesome Cowboys Producer Screenwriter Director 1968
No Score Yet The Loves of Ondine Producer Director Screenwriter 1968
100% The Queen Actor 1968
67% Flesh Producer 1968
No Score Yet San Diego Surf Director 1968
No Score Yet Four Stars (****) (The 24 Hour Movie) Producer Director 1967
No Score Yet Nude Restaurant Producer Director 1967
No Score Yet I, A Man Director 1967
No Score Yet My Hustler Director 1967
No Score Yet The Illiac Passion Poseidon 1967
No Score Yet Bike Boy Director 1967
No Score Yet The Closet Director 1966
No Score Yet The Velvet Underground & Nico Producer Director 1966
50% Chelsea Girls Screenwriter Producer Director 1966
No Score Yet More Milk Yvette Director 1966
No Score Yet Superboy Director 1966
No Score Yet Camp Director 1966
No Score Yet Screen Test #2 Director 1965
No Score Yet Vinyl Director 1965
No Score Yet Lupe Director 1965
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Director 1965
No Score Yet Outer and Inner Space Director 1965
No Score Yet Taylor Mead's Ass Director 1965
No Score Yet Paul Swan and Hedy Director 1965
No Score Yet Match Girl Actor 1965
No Score Yet Hedy Director 1965
No Score Yet Space Director 1965
No Score Yet Andy Warhol Actor 1965
No Score Yet Henry Geldzahler Director 1964
No Score Yet Harlot Director 1964
No Score Yet Tarzan and Jane Regained...Sort Of Director 1964
No Score Yet Soap Opera Director 1964
No Score Yet Empire Actor Director 1964
No Score Yet Normal Love Actor 1963
No Score Yet Blow Job Director 1963
No Score Yet Sleep Director 1963
No Score Yet Eat Director 1963
No Score Yet Couch and Harlot Director

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