Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis

Highest Rated: 97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Lowest Rated: 0% Ritual (2001)

Birthday: May 14, 1952

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis created popular fare, frequently using the latest technology, that left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. A native of Chicago, he attended the famed film program at the University of Southern California. He teamed with fellow USC alum Bob Gale for the script for his feature directorial debut, the Beatlesmania comedy, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (1978). His work in college had brought him to the attention of director Steven Spielberg, who took Zemeckis under his wing. Working with Gale again, who would become his frequent partner, he provided the script for Spielberg's World War II comedy, "1941" (1979). He directed another comedy, the Kurt Russell vehicle "Used Cars" (1980), before finding significant commercial success with "Romancing the Stone" (1984), starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. His next effort, "Back to the Future" (1985), moved Zemeckis into the blockbuster territory. The story of a time-traveling teenager played by Michael J. Fox became a phenomenon and spawned a pair of sequels. He blended live action and animation, he created another cultural touchstone with "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988), a film that brought together the characters from both the vaunted Warner Bros. and Disney cartoon canon. After a decade dominated by the "Back to the Future" franchise, Zemeckis managed to hit upon a film that was technologically innovative and had critically appeal. "Forrest Gump" (1994), starring Tom Hanks, went on to claim Oscars for both its director and star. While largely working in film, the director did make occasional forays into television, most notably directing multiple episodes of the popular horror anthology, "Tales From the Crypt" (HBO, 1989-96). He continued to work with some of Hollywood's biggest names, directing Jodie Foster in "Contact" (1997) and Harrison Ford in "What Lies Beneath" (2000). He circled back to reteam with Hanks on "Cast Away" (2000), in addition to the motion-capture holiday film "The Polar Express" (2004). That particular technology became an obsession for the director as he formed the production company ImageMovers and struck a deal with Disney. He used it exclusively for his next two features, "Beowulf" (2007) and "A Christmas Carol" (2009). He moved back into the live action world, albeit with some showy special effects, for "Flight" (2012) starring Denzel Washington. He never stopped going for stunning visuals, which continued with "The Walk" (2015), about Phillipe Petit's high-wire cross of the World Trade Center, and "Allied" (2016) with Brad Pitt. Zemeckis returned to motion-capture, this time mixing it with live action, when he directed Steve Carell in "Welcome to Marwen" (2018), about the victim of a brutal attack who uses a fantasy world to deal with his PTSD.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bios Producer - 2021
50% 34% Roald Dahl's The Witches Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Women of Marwen Director - 2018
34% 49% Welcome to Marwen Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$10.7M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer Executive Producer - 2016
60% 63% Allied Director,
Producer
$39.8M 2016
No Score Yet 47% Back in Time Himself (Character) - 2015
83% 77% The Walk Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$10.1M 2015
94% 54% Bound by Flesh Executive Producer - 2012
78% 75% Flight Director,
Producer
$93.7M 2012
60% 73% Real Steel Executive Producer $85.5M 2011
37% 40% Mars Needs Moms Producer $21.4M 2011
92% 71% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Unknown (Character) - 2011
78% 64% Behind the Burly Q Executive Producer $23.9K 2010
52% 58% Disney's A Christmas Carol Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$137.9M 2009
8% 49% The Reaping Producer $25.1M 2007
71% 50% Beowulf Director,
Producer
$82.2M 2007
75% 63% Monster House Executive Producer $73.7M 2006
60% 74% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Producer $626.3K 2005
26% 42% House of Wax Producer $32M 2005
56% 63% The Polar Express Director,
Screenwriter
$125.2M 2004
15% 45% Gothika Producer $59.6M 2003
82% 74% Matchstick Men Executive Producer $36.9M 2003
16% 37% Ghost Ship Producer $30.1M 2002
0% 29% Ritual Producer - 2001
16% 48% Thirteen Ghosts Executive Producer $41.9M 2001
88% 84% Cast Away Director,
Producer
$233.6M 2000
46% 58% What Lies Beneath Director $155.4M 2000
30% 42% House on Haunted Hill Producer $40.8M 1999
66% 78% Contact Director,
Producer
$100.9M 1997
64% 71% The Frighteners Executive Producer $16.5M 1996
15% 31% Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Writer,
Executive Producer
$5.6M 1996
71% 95% Forrest Gump Director $330.3M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two-Fisted Tales Director - 1992
54% 61% Death Becomes Her Director,
Producer
$58.4M 1992
80% 78% Back to the Future Part III Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie Director - 1989
66% 85% Back to the Future Part II Director $116.4M 1989
97% 84% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Director $152.8M 1988
96% 94% Back to the Future Director,
Screenwriter
$247K 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie II Director - 1985
85% 69% Romancing the Stone Director - 1984
77% 69% Used Cars Director - 1980
42% 48% 1941 Writer (Story),
Screenwriter
- 1979
89% 75% I Wanna Hold Your Hand Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lift Director - 1972

TV

Credit
57% 78% Manifest Executive Producer 2018-2020
67% 90% Project Blue Book Executive Producer 2019-2020
42% 64% What/If Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet 87% Medal of Honor Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet EP Daily Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1995 1991 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories Director 1986

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