John Waters

John Waters

Highest Rated: 100% Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Lowest Rated: 0% Homer & Eddie (1989)

Birthday: Apr 22, 1946

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

One of the grandfathers of cult cinema, John Waters was best known for directing boundary-pushing independent comedies like "Pink Flamingos" (1972) and the original "Hairspray" (1988). Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946, Waters was always drawn to strangeness in comedy, becoming so obsessed with puppets after seeing the film "Lili" (1953) that he began performing a violent Punch and Judy-style puppet show at the birthday parties of other children. Gifted an 8mm movie camera by his grandmother, Waters made short films throughout his late-teens and early 20s, eventually directing his first feature, "Mondo Trasho" (1969) in 1969. Most of Waters' projects co-starred his longtime friend Glenn Milstead, better known for his drag name Divine, and "Mondo Trasho" was no exception. Waters' next film, "Pink Flamingos," made him a cause celebre in the dark corners of indie cinema, earning him a cult following for his subsequent films "Female Trouble" (1974) and "Desperate Living" (1978), which he would dub his "Trash Trilogy." With his profile raised and his singular aesthetic catching on, Waters gained the backing to make more widely seen movies in the years to come, beginning with "Polyester" (1981), starring former child star Tab Hunter. The musical "Hairspray" (1988) was an even bigger indie hit-and was later remade on an even larger scale as a Broadway musical and subsequent film remake starring John Travolta in the late Divine's role. "Cry-Baby" (1990) gave Waters' the chance to direct a very young Johnny Depp, while "Serial Mom" (1994) had him working with legendary actress Kathleen Turner. By the time Waters directed the shock-worthy comedy "A Dirty Shame" (2004) starring Tracey Ullman, established stars of the moment like Selma Blair and Johnny Knoxville jumped at the chance to work with him. As he aged into his 60s, Waters slowed his filmmaking output, publishing several books including Carsick, a diary of his hitch-hiking trip across America, and embarked on an ongoing series of speaking tours that showcased his increasingly cuddly, almost grandfatherly persona.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo Himself (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wall Writers Narrator - 2016
15% 51% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip First Class Passenger (Character) $85.9M 2015
64% 43% Suburban Gothic Cornelius (Character) - 2014
94% 44% The Last Impresario Himself (Character) - 2013
96% 83% I Am Divine Unknown (Character) $63.7K 2012
84% 61% Excision William (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 43% Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film Unknown (Character) - 2012
89% 76% It Came From Kuchar Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels Narrator - 2008
91% 85% This Filthy World Writer - 2006
90% 78% Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Unknown (Character) - 2005
82% 67% Inside Deep Throat Himself (Character) $653.6K 2005
96% 86% Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea Narrator - 2004
53% 51% A Dirty Shame Director,
Writer
$1.3M 2004
33% 38% Seed of Chucky Sleazy Reporter (Character) $17M 2004
No Score Yet 50% Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat The Reverend (Character) - 2002
53% 67% Cecil B. Demented Director,
Writer
$1.3M 2000
77% 82% Sweet and Lowdown Mr. Haynes (Character) $4.2M 1999
52% 64% Pecker Director,
Writer
$2.3M 1998
80% 85% Divine Trash Unknown (Character) $39.8K 1998
63% 72% Serial Mom Director,
Screenwriter
$6.8M 1994
73% 77% Cry Baby Director,
Screenwriter
$7.5M 1990
0% 35% Homer & Eddie Robber No. 1 (Character) - 1989
98% 80% Hairspray Director,
Co-Producer
$6.7M 1988
91% 69% Something Wild Used car guy (Character) $6.4M 1986
93% 81% Polyester Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1981
70% 80% Desperate Living Director,
Producer,
Writer
- 1977
88% 85% Female Trouble Director,
Producer,
Cinematographer,
Film Editor
- 1975
80% 72% Pink Flamingos Director,
Writer,
Producer,
Cinematographer,
Film Editor
$413.8K 1972
100% 73% Multiple Maniacs Director,
Producer,
Writer
$25K 1970
No Score Yet 43% The Diane Linkletter Story Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Cinematographer,
Film Editor
- 1970
43% 53% Mondo Trasho Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Cinematographer,
Film Editor
- 1969

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2021
78% 88% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Floyd (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet 94% Explained Narrator 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2019 2017 2014-2015 2011-2012
No Score Yet 25% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet PBS NewsHour Weekend Guest 2018
91% 86% The Blacklist Self (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed Judge 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
No Score Yet 40% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Future-Worm! Manchovy (Guest Voice) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clarence Capt. Tom (Guest Voice) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2014 2010
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2007-2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet 'Til Death Do Us Part Unknown (Character) 2007
82% 91% My Name Is Earl Funeral Director (Guest Star) 2007
93% 94% Frasier Roger (Guest Voice) 1998
85% 76% The Simpsons John (Guest Voice) 1997
91% No Score Yet Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Mr. Bean (Character) 1990

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