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David Lynch

Highest Rated:   100% Lumière and Company (1996)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
97% Lucky
  • Howard
$0.2M 2017
89% David Lynch: The Art Life
  • Actor
$0.2M 2017
No Score Yet Rooted In Peace
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet On Meditation
  • Actor
2016
71% Brand: A Second Coming
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Duran Duran: Unstaged
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet We Came Home
  • Actor
2013
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Meditation, Creativity, Peace
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet The Snorks: A Concert For Creatures
  • Actor
2013
92% Side by Side
  • David Lynch
$29.1k 2012
No Score Yet 2012: Time For Change
  • Actor
$64k 2010
65% 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
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
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Dynamic: 1: The Best of DavidLynch.com
  • Actor
  • Director
2006
89% 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
100% Lumière and Company
  • Actor
  • Director
1996
57% Nadja
  • Executive Producer
  • Morgue Attendant
1995
95% Crumb
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet The Cabinet Of Dr. Ramirez
  • Producer
1993
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • 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
94% Blue Velvet
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
57% Dune
  • Director
1984
90% The Elephant Man
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1980
91% Eraserhead
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1977
No Score Yet The Amputee
  • Screenwriter
  • Nurse
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet The Grandmother
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet The Alphabet
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet Six Figures Getting Sick (Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times))
  • Producer
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Eraserhead Stories
  • Director
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Jack Dall
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
  • Gus
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2001
93% Twin Peaks
1990
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Creator
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Gordon Cole
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Producer

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