David Lynch

David Lynch

Highest Rated: 100% Lumière and Company (1996)

Lowest Rated: 49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2010)

Birthday: Jan 20, 1946

Birthplace: Missuola, Montana

From the beginning of his career, David Lynch quickly established himself as the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking, an acclaimed and widely recognized writer-director as well as television producer, photographer, cartoonist, composer, and graphic artist. Walking the tightrope between the mainstream and the avant-garde with remarkable balance and skill, Lynch brought to the screen a singularly dark and disturbing view of reality, a nightmare world punctuated by defining moments of extreme violence, bizarre comedy, and strange beauty. More than any other arthouse filmmaker of his era, he enjoyed considerable mass acceptance and helped to redefine commercial tastes, honing a surrealistic aesthetic so visionary and deeply personal that the phrase "Lynchian" was coined simply to describe it. Born January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana, David Keith Lynch grew up the archetypal all-American boy. The son of a U.S. Department of Agriculture research scientist, he was raised throughout the Pacific Northwest, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout and even serving as an usher at John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration. Originally intending to become a graphic artist, Lynch enrolled in the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1963, falling under the sway of expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka and briefly studying in Europe. By the early weeks of 1966, he had relocated to Philadelphia, where he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and began his first experimentation with film.The violence and decay which greeted Lynch in Philadelphia proved to have a profound and long-lasting effect, as his work became increasingly obsessed with exploring the dark corners of the human experience. From his first experimental student film (1967's "moving painting" Six Men Getting Sick, onward, his vision grew more and more fascinated with the seedy underbelly of everyday life. He received an American Film Institute Grant and made The Alphabet, a partially animated 16 mm color film, soon after, but then turned away from the cinema to renew his focus on fine art. His next short film, The Grandmother, did not appear until 1970.In 1972, Lynch began work on his first feature effort, Eraserhead. A surreal nightmare borne of the director's own fears and anxieties of fatherhood, the film took over five years to complete, finally premiering in March 1977. An instant cult classic, it was also a tremendous critical success, launching Lynch to the forefront of avant-garde filmmaking. Eraserhead not only established Lynch's singular world view but also cemented the team of actors and technicians who would continue to define the texture of his work for years to come, including cinematographer Frederick Elmes, sound designer Alan Splet, and actor Jack Nance.The success of Eraserhead brought Lynch to the attention of Mel Brooks, who was seeking projects to produce besides his own comedies. He recruited Lynch to helm 1980's The Elephant Man, the tale of John Merrick. Complete with a cast including such celebrated talent as John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, and John Gielgud, the film marked Lynch's acceptance into the Hollywood mainstream, even netting an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture as well as a nod for Best Director. For a time, Lynch opted to advance his script Ronnie Rocket at Francis Coppola's Zoetrope Studios, but when this failed to materialize, he went to work for Dino De Laurentiis, adapting the Frank Herbert science fiction novel Dune. The first of Lynch's films to star actor Kyle MacLachlan, the 1984 big-budget effort was a commercial and critical disaster -- Lynch himself even disowned the project after it was re-edited for release without his consent.Lynch had agreed to make Dune for de Laurentiis in order to film 1986's Blue Velvet, a long-simmering tale exploring the dark underbelly of small-town life. Insisting upon complete artistic control, he made the picture for under seven million dollars, casting ac


Highest Rated Movies



90% What Did Jack Do? Director Screenwriter Detective 2020
No Score Yet A Fall From Grace William Tabb 2019
97% Lucky Howard $1M 2017
No Score Yet Rooted In Peace Actor 2017
91% David Lynch: The Art Life Actor $0.2M 2017
No Score Yet On Meditation Actor $4.3K 2016
73% Brand: A Second Coming Actor 2015
No Score Yet Duran Duran: Unstaged Director 2014
No Score Yet Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Director 2014
No Score Yet We Came Home Actor 2013
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Snorks: A Concert For Creatures Actor 2013
No Score Yet Meditation, Creativity, Peace Director Screenwriter 2013
93% Side by Side David Lynch $29.1K 2012
No Score Yet Change Begins Within Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet 2012: Time For Change Actor $64K 2010
66% Great Directors Actor $18.4K 2010
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Executive Producer 2010
55% Surveillance Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet DumbLand Actor Screenwriter Director 2009
No Score Yet Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan Actor 2008
58% A Slice of Lynch Actor 2007
No Score Yet Donovan - The Donovan Concert: Live in L.A. Actor 2007
60% Lynch Actor 2007
72% Inland Empire Director Screenwriter Producer 2006
No Score Yet Dynamic: 1: The Best of DavidLynch.com Actor Director 2006
90% Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Short Films of David Lynch Director 2002
No Score Yet Darkened Room Director 2002
No Score Yet I Don't Know Jack Actor 2002
No Score Yet Rabbits Director 2002
83% Mulholland Drive Screenwriter Director $7.1M 2001
96% The Straight Story Director 1999
No Score Yet Pretty As A Picture: The Art Of David Lynch Actor 1997
60% Lost Highway Director Screenwriter 1997
100% Lumière and Company Actor Director 1996
60% Nadja Morgue Attendant Executive Producer 1995
95% Crumb Producer 1995
No Score Yet The Cabinet Of Dr. Ramirez Producer 1993
64% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me Screenwriter Director Executive Producer Producer Gordon Cole 1992
65% Wild At Heart Director Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted Director 1990
No Score Yet Meridian Actor 1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks Actor 1990
No Score Yet Zelly and Me Willie 1988
No Score Yet The Cowboy and The Frenchman Director 1988
93% Blue Velvet Screenwriter Director 1986
53% Dune Director 1984
91% The Elephant Man Screenwriter Director 1980
90% Eraserhead Producer Director Screenwriter 1977
No Score Yet The Amputee Director Screenwriter Nurse 1974
No Score Yet The Grandmother Producer Director Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet The Alphabet Director 1968
No Score Yet Six Figures Getting Sick (Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times)) Director Producer 1966
No Score Yet Eraserhead Stories Actor Director


89% Twin Peaks
Creator Producer Director Screenwriter Executive Producer Gordon Cole FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole 2018
94% Louie
Jack Dall 2012
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
Voice Gus 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
Guest 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2001
33% American Chronicles
Executive Producer
No Score Yet Great Performances
No Score Yet Hotel Room
Creator Director Executive Producer
100% On the Air


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