Bill Gunn

Director, Screenwriter, Novelist
This trailblazing black artist wrote plays and films that were noted for their subtle insights into the nature of racial relationships and their angry irony. Gunn achieved his greatest success with the ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

The Cosby Show 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ganja and Hess 1973 (Movie)

George Meda (Actor)

Penelope 1966 (Movie)

Sgt Rothschild (Actor)

Elko: A Cowboy Gathering (TV Show)

Actor

Losing Ground (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (5)

Sojourner 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

Ganja and Hess 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Angel Levine 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Landlord 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stop 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

Ganja and Hess 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Stop 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

This trailblazing black artist wrote plays and films that were noted for their subtle insights into the nature of racial relationships and their angry irony. Gunn achieved his greatest success with the independently-produced "Ganja and Hess" (1973), which began as a genre vampire movie and ended up an eloquent and disturbing mix of passions, class and African mythology. Although a success at Cannes that year, the film was widely ignored in the USA, having been recut by its producers.

Milestones

1973

First feature as writer, producer, director, "Ganja and Hess"

1969

Feature directing debut, "Stop" (never received commercial release)

1959

Film acting debut in "The Sound and the Fury"

1954

Broadway acting debut in "The Immoralist"

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