John Lurie

Highest Rated: 97% Paris, Texas (1984)
Lowest Rated: 19% New Rose Hotel (1999)
Birthday: Dec 14, 1952
Birthplace: Not Available
Actor/composer John Lurie began his career studying the alto saxophone, then moved to New York with his brother, pianist Evan Lurie; they formed the Lounge Lizards, a freeform jazz combo that went on to gain some distinction. Beginning in 1977 he directed and appeared in his own Super-8 films, and also acted in many New York-made Super-8 films by other filmmakers. In 1980 he began scoring numerous films, most importantly Jim Jarmusch's first feature-length film, Permanent Vacation (1982), in which he also appeared. This began a significant association with Jarmusch; Lurie co-starred in Jarmusch's breakthrough film Stranger Than Paradise (1984), provided the music, and has acted in and/or scored other of Jarmusch's films as well. His work with Jarmusch brought him to the attention of other directors, and he has appeared in a handful of movies while maintaining his work as a screen composer.

Highest Rated Movies



79% Blank City Actor 2011
33% Face Addict Actor 2008
No Score Yet Five Sides of a Coin Actor 2004
No Score Yet Sleepwalk Frank 2000
19% New Rose Hotel Distinguished Man 1999
No Score Yet Just Your Luck Thug No. 2 1996
93% Smoke A musician 1995
No Score Yet Fishing With John Actor Director 1992
65% Wild At Heart Sparky 1990
71% Batman Actor 1989
80% The Last Temptation of Christ James 1988
No Score Yet Il Piccolo diavolo (The Little Devil) Cusatelli 1988
No Score Yet Two Moon July Actor 1987
90% Down by Law Jack 1986
85% Desperately Seeking Susan Neighbor Saxophonist $27.5M 1985
97% Paris, Texas Slater 1984
96% Stranger Than Paradise Willie 1984
No Score Yet Permanent Vacation Sax Player 1980


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Greg Pender
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