Robert Rodriguez

Highest Rated: 93% Spy Kids (2001)
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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
60% Alita: Battle Angel Director Screenwriter 2019
67% Red 11 Director Screenwriter Producer 2019
No Score Yet The Limit Director Screenwriter 2018
No Score Yet Stand United Executive Producer 2018
42% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Producer Director $11.1M 2014
11% Bullet Producer 2014
30% Machete Kills Screenwriter Producer Director $5.7M 2013
No Score Yet Amelia's 25th Emilio 2013
72% Machete Director Producer Screenwriter $26.3M 2010
65% Predators Producer $52.1M 2010
No Score Yet Nerveracker Screenwriter Director 2010
46% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock Producer Screenwriter Director $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 Director Screenwriter 2007
84% Grindhouse Screenwriter Producer Director $25M 2007
65% Death Proof Producer Director 2007
19% The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Director Producer Screenwriter 2005
No Score Yet Nice Guys Mr. Lewis 2005
77% Sin City Producer Director 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
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico Director Screenwriter Producer $56M 2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Producer Screenwriter 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 Producer Director 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 Screenwriter Producer Executive Producer 2000
9% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Executive Producer 1999
53% 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 Director Screenwriter 1996
63% From Dusk Till Dawn Director Executive Producer 1996
61% Desperado Producer Screenwriter Director 1995
No Score Yet Roadracers Screenwriter Director 1994
93% El Mariachi Director 1993
No Score Yet Bedhead Producer Screenwriter Director 1991
No Score Yet Sin City 3 Director

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Rebel Without a Crew
2018
Host
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Spy Kids: Mission Critical
2018
Creator
  • 2018
No Score Yet Lucha Underground
2014
Producer Executive Producer
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
2014-2016
Creator Producer Director Screenwriter Executive Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
69% From Dusk Till Dawn
Creator Director
  • 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
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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