George A. Romero

Birthday: Feb 4, 1940
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
American director George A. Romero was making films from the age of 14 -- like most teen movie enthusiasts, with an 8 mm camera. Matriculating into the industrial-film business in Pittsburgh, Romero accrued enough capital to make his first feature-length film in 1968, a graphically gruesome zombie picture entitled Night of the Living Dead. Barely making back its cost on its initial release, the movie received some welcome, if adverse, publicity when Reader's Digest devoted an article to it. The magazine was appalled at the scenes of cannibalism and similar horrors, going so far as to insist that a movement be started to have the picture banned. Naturally, this made the movie more popular than ever, much more so than if Reader's Digest had simply ignored it. And the subsequent profits of Night of the Living Dead enabled Romero to finance several more low-budget scare pictures before he broke into the mainstream with Dawn of the Dead in 1978, a semi-comic sequel to his first film. Day of the Dead (1985), the third of the Dead Trilogy, was more elaborate than his earlier productions, but also more disappointing. Still, Romero could point with pride to such films as Creepshow (1980), Martin (1978), and his weekly TV terror anthology Tales From the Darkside (1984-1986), which belied its tiny budget with excellent writing, first-rate actors (Barnard Hughes, Fritz Weaver, Jerry Stiller, Eddie Bracken, et al.) and bone-chilling makeup effects. Although remaining in the realm of B-movies by choice, Romero has exerted considerable influence on an entire school of higher-budget horror directors, notably John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and especially Brian De Palma. Romero is married to actress and long-time collaborator Christine Forrest.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet La noche de los muertos vivientes Le reporter de Washington Director Screenwriter 2019
0% Day of the Dead: Bloodline Screenwriter 2018
No Score Yet Why Horror? Actor 2014
96% Birth Of The Living Dead Actor $9.1K 2013
No Score Yet The Rep Actor 2012
No Score Yet Night Of The Living Dead, Now In 3d! Director Screenwriter 2011
30% Survival of the Dead Director Screenwriter Executive Producer $2.4K 2010
71% The Crazies Executive Producer $38.3M 2010
100% Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Actor 2009
No Score Yet Direct Your Own Damn Movie! Actor 2009
No Score Yet Dead Eyes Open Actor 2008
No Score Yet Fantastic Flesh Actor 2008
No Score Yet Zombie Jamboree: 25th Anniversary Convention for "Night of the Living Dead" Actor 2008
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness Host 2008
No Score Yet Zombiemania Actor 2008
62% Diary of the Dead Director Producer Screenwriter $0.7M 2007
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television Actor 2005
90% Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Actor 2005
74% Land of the Dead Screenwriter Director $20.5M 2005
No Score Yet Make Your Own Damn Movie Actor 2005
No Score Yet John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies Actor 2004
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Actor 2002
67% The American Nightmare Actor 2001
67% Bruiser Screenwriter Director 2000
No Score Yet O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose - The Glory Years Director 1994
57% The Dark Half Executive Producer Director Screenwriter 1993
96% The Silence of the Lambs Memphis FBI Agent 1991
68% Night of the Living Dead Screenwriter Executive Producer 1990
39% Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Screenwriter 1990
59% Two Evil Eyes Director 1990
53% Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear Director 1988
33% Creepshow 2 Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness! (Screen Scaries) Actor 1987
83% Day of the Dead Screenwriter Zombie with Scarf (uncredited) Director 1985
No Score Yet Document of the Dead Actor 1985
72% Creepshow Director 1982
77% Knightriders Screenwriter Director 1981
93% Dawn of the Dead Screenwriter TV Director Director 1979
90% Martin Director Screenwriter Father Howard 1977
No Score Yet There's Always Vanilla Director 1973
65% The Crazies Screenwriter Director 1973
No Score Yet Hungry Wives Director Screenwriter 1973
97% Night of the Living Dead Screenwriter Washington Reporter (uncredited) Director 1968

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2015
Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet Tales From the Darkside
1983-1988
Executive Producer
  • 1987

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