Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez

Highest Rated: 100% Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019)

Lowest Rated: 9% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)

Birthday: Jun 20, 1968

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA

The man behind some of the most innovative, creative, and visually inventive action films of the late '90s and early 2000s, director Robert Rodriguez is the epitome of the do-it-yourself attitude and a renaissance man of cinema. Directing, shooting, and editing nearly every one of his films,Rodriguez's energetic and self-immersing approach to filmmaking has resulted in some of the most stylish and exciting action films in modern cinema. Born June 20, 1968,Rodriguez became fascinated with cartooning and filmmaking at an early age. Prompted to jump behind the camera after becoming enamored by John Carpenter's Escape From New York at age 12, the fledgling director's brothers and sisters served as a capable cast and crew, and with his father's Super-8 camera in hand, Rodriguez took his first steps toward auteurhood. Awarded a scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin soon after his graduation from St. Anthony's High School, Rodriguez inked a popular comic-strip entitled Los Hooligans (inspired by the antics of his siblings) and continued to make films despite being rejected from the institution's film school due to poor academic promise. Undaunted by the rejection, it was Rodriguez who would have the last laugh as his 16 mm film Bedhead won multiple awards and opened many doors. A humorous tale of a girl who gains psychic powers after receiving a bump on the head, the film's unique humor stood out among the usually morose film-festival entries and charmed audiences and judges alike. Also recognized by Columbia University for his skills as a comic writer and artist during this period, Rodriguez soon began setting his sights on making a feature-length film. Intimidated by the high cost of processing film, the resourceful director came up with a unique form of financing and served as a human guinea pig by subjecting himself to experimental drug studies. In doing so, Rodriguez secured the 7,000 dollars he needed to get El Mariachi off the ground. With his good friend Carlos Gallardo serving as the hapless lead and a ragtag crew working round-the-clock in a Mexican border town, shooting was completed in 20 days for intended distribution in the Spanish video market. Bought by Columbia Pictures for distribution in the United States, El Mariachi was hailed for not only its unique style and energy, but also for the circumstances surrounding its creation. Brought in at the last minute to direct the made-for-cable feature Roadracers (1994) soon after, and helming "The Misbehaviors," arguably the most entertaining segment in the ill-received Four Rooms the following year, it wasn't long before Hollywood was calling for a sequel to Rodriguez's maiden effort. As much a remake as a sequel, though this time with the noted lead of Antonio Banderas (whom Rodriguez had worked with on "The Misbehavors"), Desperado displayed further indication of its director's resourcefulness but failed to capture the core energy of the original. Re-teaming with his Four Rooms cohort Quentin Tarantino for the super-kinetic crime/horror extravaganza From Dusk Till Dawn, the director continued to find his groove in the land of bloated budgets, and despite its dark humor and giddy energy, the film was criticized by many for not sticking to the conventions of a single genre. His follow-up, the subversive sci-fi teen romp The Faculty, was equally compelling. In subsequent years, Rodriguez would remain only slightly involved with the two straight-to-video From Dusk Till Dawn sequels, and many may have found it ironic that the director would receive his most substantial critical success yet with what was essentially a children's film. A massive box-office hit that offered a family friendly adventure yarn served with a distinctively stylish and surreal twist, Spy Kids (2001) retained all the elements that had endeared Rodriguez to fans and critics, sans the graphic violence and adult elements. Alarmed by the fact that numerous kids had approached him and expressed the


Highest Rated Movies



62% Alita: Battle Angel Director Screenwriter 2019
67% Red 11 Producer Director Screenwriter 2019
100% Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo Self 2019
No Score Yet The Limit Director Screenwriter 2018
No Score Yet Stand United Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini Actor 2015
42% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Director Producer $11.1M 2014
11% Bullet Producer 2014
30% Machete Kills Director Screenwriter Producer $5.7M 2013
No Score Yet Amelia's 25th Emilio 2013
72% Machete Screenwriter Producer Director $26.3M 2010
65% Predators Producer $52.1M 2010
No Score Yet Nerveracker Screenwriter Director 2010
46% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock Director Producer Screenwriter $20.9M 2009
No Score Yet Fantastic Flesh Actor 2008
No Score Yet Lake Dead Executive Producer 2007
74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) Producer Screenwriter Director 2007
84% Grindhouse Producer Director Screenwriter $25M 2007
64% Death Proof Director Producer 2007
No Score Yet Curandero Producer Screenwriter 2005
19% The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Screenwriter Producer Executive Producer Director 2005
No Score Yet Nice Guys Mr. Lewis 2005
77% Sin City Director Producer Screenwriter 2005
No Score Yet Champion Actor 2005
No Score Yet Ten Minute Film School: Big Movies Made Cheap Director Actor 2004
No Score Yet Inside Troublemaker Studios Director Actor 2004
66% Once upon a Time in Mexico Director Screenwriter Producer $56M 2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Screenwriter Producer Director 2003
No Score Yet Del Castillo: Live Director 2003
No Score Yet Bullfighter Bull Boy 2003
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Screenwriter Director Producer 2002
43% Lisa Picard Is Famous Punk No. 2 2001
93% Spy Kids Screenwriter Director Producer 2001
22% From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Producer Executive Producer Screenwriter 2000
9% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Executive Producer 1999
53% The Faculty Producer Director 1998
No Score Yet 10 More Minutes... Anatomy of a Shootout Actor Director 1998
88% Full Tilt Boogie Actor 1997
13% Four Rooms Director Screenwriter 1996
63% From Dusk Till Dawn Director Executive Producer 1996
63% Desperado Screenwriter Producer Director 1995
No Score Yet Roadracers Director Screenwriter 1994
93% El Mariachi Screenwriter Director Producer 1993
No Score Yet Bedhead Director Producer Screenwriter 1991
No Score Yet Sin City 3 Director


No Score Yet The Chef Show
Guest 2019
No Score Yet Rebel Without a Crew
Host 2019
No Score Yet Spy Kids: Mission Critical
Creator 2018
No Score Yet Lucha Underground
Executive Producer Producer 2018
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Executive Producer Creator Screenwriter Director Producer 2016
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn
Creator Director 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2015
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
Host Director Producer 2015
No Score Yet Colbert Report
Guest 2014
67% Matador
Executive Producer Producer 2014
No Score Yet The Pete Holmes Show
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Project Runway All Stars
Judge 2012
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
Voice 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order
Public Officer Hernandez 2002


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