Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris

Highest Rated: 100% Half the Picture (2018)

Lowest Rated: 6% Senseless (1998)

Birthday: Dec 2, 1945

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Majoring in film at UCLA, Penelope Spheeris launched her career by producing short subjects for satirist Albert Brooks, many of which were highlights of "Saturday Night Live's" first season. When Brooks stepped up to feature films with Real Life (1978), Spheeris stayed on as his producer. Her first "auteur" feature project was The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), a punk-rock documentary that she wrote, produced, and directed. After several years' work in documentaries of a doggedly non-comic (and unappealing) nature, Spheeris returned to laughmaking with Wayne's World, which became one of 1992's biggest hits. Spheeris would remain a comedy director, though her subsequent features varied wildly in quality. 1993's The Beverly Hillbillies opened strong, but was killed by word-of-mouth, while 1994's The Little Rascals managed to convey much of the sweetness and innocence of the old Hal Roach two-reelers of the 1930s -- albeit with the requisite 1990's feminist slant.

Highest Rated Movies



100% Half the Picture Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Real St. Nick Director 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Penelope Spheeris $7.5K 2011
No Score Yet Balls to the Wall Director $3.6K 2011
No Score Yet Five Director 2011
No Score Yet Direct Your Own Damn Movie! Director Actor 2009
33% The Kid & I Producer Penelope Spheeris Director 2005
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron Director 2003
No Score Yet The Decline Of Western Civilization Director 2001
100% The Decline of Western Civilization - Part III Director 1998
6% Senseless Actor 1998
28% Black Sheep Director 1996
No Score Yet The Wild Side Director 1995
23% The Little Rascals Director Screenwriter 1994
22% The Beverly Hillbillies Producer Director 1993
84% Wayne's World Director 1992
No Score Yet Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Director 1991
No Score Yet Wedding Band Nicky's Mom 1989
89% The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years Director 1988
No Score Yet Dudes Director 1987
No Score Yet Summer Camp Nightmare Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door Director 1986
No Score Yet Hollywood Vice Squad Director 1986
92% Suburbia Director Screenwriter 1983
100% The Decline of Western Civilization Director 1981
85% Real Life Producer 1979
No Score Yet Naked Angels Actor 1969


60% Punk
Appearing 2019
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
Guest 2006
76% Roseanne
Screenwriter 1990


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