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Robert Rodriguez

Highest Rated:   93% Spy Kids (2001)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Alita: Battle Angel
  • Director
2018
42% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Director
  • Producer
$11.1M 2014
13% Bullet
  • Producer
2014
28% Machete Kills
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$5.7M 2013
No Score Yet Amelia's 25th
  • Emilio
2013
22% Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$38.6M 2011
72% Machete
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
$26.2M 2010
64% Predators
  • Producer
$52.1M 2010
No Score Yet Nerveracker
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
45% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 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)
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$25M 2007
65% Death Proof
  • Director
  • Producer
2007
20% The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Nice Guys
  • Mr. Lewis
2005
78% Sin City
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
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
68% Once upon a Time in Mexico
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$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
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2002
43% Lisa Picard Is Famous
  • Punk No. 2
2001
93% Spy Kids
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2001
22% From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2000
9% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
  • Executive Producer
1999
54% The Faculty
  • Director
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet 10 More Minutes... Anatomy of a Shootout
  • Director
  • Actor
1998
88% Full Tilt Boogie
  • Actor
1997
14% Four Rooms
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1996
64% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1996
62% Desperado
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Roadracers
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1994
93% El Mariachi
  • Screenwriter
1993
No Score Yet Bedhead
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet Sin City 3
  • Director

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Lucha Underground
2014
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
2014
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Creator
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
69% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Director
  • Creator
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
2014-2015
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
67% Matador
2014
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Pete Holmes Show
2013-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Project Runway All Stars
2012-2016
  • Judge
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Public Officer Hernandez
  • 2002

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