Brian De Palma

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Though he entered filmmaking at the same time as such luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Arthur Penn, director Brian De Palma took a decidedly different path as his contemporaries and focused his ... Read more »
Born: 09/10/1940 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Director (32)

Passion 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Redacted 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Dahlia 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Femme Fatale 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Mission to Mars 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Raising Cain 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Wise Guys 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Body Double 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Blow Out 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Dressed to Kill 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Home Movies 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fury 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Carrie 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Obsession 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Phantom of the Paradise 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Sisters 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Get to Know Your Rabbit 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Dionysus in 69 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Hi, Mom! 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Greetings 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Murder a la Mod 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wedding Party 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boston Stranglers (Movie)

(Director)

The Key Man (Movie)

(Director)

The Untouchables: Capone Rising (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (21)

Passion 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Redacted 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sisters 2006 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "Sisters") (Source Material)

Femme Fatale 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Raising Cain 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Body Double 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Body Double 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blow Out 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dressed to Kill 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Home Movies 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

Obsession 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

Phantom of the Paradise 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sisters 1973 (Movie)

(From Story)

Sisters 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hi, Mom! 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)

Hi, Mom! 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Greetings 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Murder a la Mod 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wedding Party 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (9)

Playa's Guide to Scarface 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Rotwang 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Great O'Grady 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

(uncredited) Prison Guard (Actor)
Producer (5)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Body Double 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Movies 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wedding Party 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (4)

Dionysus in 69 1970 (Movie)

(Editor)

Greetings 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)

Murder a la Mod 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Wedding Party 1966 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Dionysus in 69 1970 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Other (3)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

film extracts("Carrie" (1976) "Dressed to Kill" (1980) "The Fury" (1978) "Sisters" (1973) "Phantom of the Paradise" (1974)) (Other)

The First Time 1981 (Movie)

(Creative Consultant)

Biography

Though he entered filmmaking at the same time as such luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Arthur Penn, director Brian De Palma took a decidedly different path as his contemporaries and focused his creative efforts on making viscerally disturbing thrillers that were both stylish and excessively violent. Later dubbed the Modern Master of Suspense, De Palma owed much of his career to the original Master, Alfred Hitchcock, whose movies he remade in one fashion or another several times over. After emerging onto the scene with small independents like "Greetings" (1968) and "The Wedding Party" (1969), De Palma reworked Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958) into the unsuccessful thriller, "Obsession" (1976). But he had one of his most lasting successes with "Carrie" (1976), a graphic horror thriller about teen cruelty that featured one of the most memorable uses of fake blood in cinema history. Following "The Fury" (1978) and "Dressed to Kill" (1980), wherein he honed his signature stylistic flourishes, De Palma directed John Travolta in "Blow Out" (1981), one of his most critically regarded films that sadly suffered a bad fate at the box office. De Palma returned with renewed vigor and directed his most notorious film, "Scarface" (1983), which originally earned an X-rating for its graphic violence, while later becoming a favorite among many filmgoers. He followed with what many considered his best film, "The Untouchables" (1987), which was a successful blend of his usual cinematic styling with strong performances from its leading actors. The beginning of the decade saw him become responsible for one of the biggest flops in Hollywood history, "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990), while later directing the mega-successful "Mission: Impossible" (1996), perhaps his most straightforward studio film. Though he triumphed with the critically lauded, but underappreciated "Carlito's Way" (1993), De Palma also stumbled over the likes of "Snake Eyes" (1998), "Mission to Mars" (2000) and "The Black Dahlia" (2006), which demonstrated his ability to, on the heels of great cinematic triumphs, fail in unique and often maddening fashion.

Relationships

Vivienne De Palma

Mother

Nancy Allen Actor

Wife
Married 1979 divorced 1983

Beth Broderick Actor

Companion
Had one-year relationship c. 1989 to 1990 after filming of "The Bonfire of the Vanities"

Betty Buckley Actor

Companion
Had relationship before filming of "Carrie" (1976)

Willa Holland Actor

Step-Child

Gale Hurd

Wife
Married July 20, 1991 divorced

Margot Kidder Actor

Companion
Had relationship in early 1970s

Darnelle Palma

Wife
Met c. 1993 married in October 1995 divorced in 1996

Anthony Palma

Father

Lolita Palma

Daughter
Born September 19, 1991 in Palo Alto, CA mother, Gale Anne Hurd

Piper Palma

Daughter
Born October 21, 1996 mother, Darnelle De Palma

Bart Palma

Brother
Older

Bruce Palma

Brother
Younger

EDUCATION

Friends Central School

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
A Quaker institution

Columbia University

New York , New York 1962
Member of drama group, the Columbia Players; after making two movies switched major from physics to fine arts

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York
Attended on MCA writing fellowship; made first feature film

Columbia University

New York , New York 1962
Member of drama group, the Columbia Players; after making two movies switched major from physics to fine arts

Milestones

2007

Wrote and directed "Redacted," a drama based on the Mahmudiyah killings; the rape, murder, and burning of Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi, a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in March 2006 by U.S. soldiers who also killed her parents and younger sister

2006

Helmed an adaptation of the James Ellroy crime novel "The Black Dahlia" framed around the infamous Hollywood murder of wannabe actress Elizabeth Short

2002

Wrote and directed the erotic thriller "Femme Fatale" starring Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Antonio Banderas

2000

Directed the little-seen sci-fi film "Mission to Mars"

1998

Bombed with "Snake Eyes," despite a promising opening: a 12-minute continuous steadicam shot

1996

Raised stock considerably helming the blockbuster "Mission: Impossible," produced by and starring Tom Cruise

1993

Reteamed with Pacino and Penn for "Carlito's Way"

1992

Returned to the world of the medium budget thriller for "Raising Cain" with little success; sixth and (to date) last collaboration with Donaggio

1990

Bombed with "Bonfire of the Vanities"

1989

Directed compelling Vietnam War tale, "Casualties of War"; first collaboration with Sean Penn

1987

Scored huge commercial success with "The Untouchables"; film featured Robert De Niro as Al Capone

1983

First pairing with Al Pacino, "Scarface"

1981

Emulated Michelangelo Antonioni with "Blow Out," which reteamed him with Travolta; last film directing Allen

1980

Wrote and directed the melodrama "Dressed to Kill," featuring a chilling score by Donaggio and an appearance by Allen

1979

Debut as a producer, "Home Movies"; also directed and contributed story; second teaming with Douglas, Allen and Donaggio

1978

Continued his study of psychokinetic powers with "The Fury," starring Kirk Douglas and Amy Irving

1976

Commercial breakthrough, "Carrie" based on the Stephen King novel and starring Sissy Spacek as a teenager with psykokinetic powers; first of five movies directing then wife Nancy Allen; also marked initial collaborations with composer Pino Donaggio and ac

1973

Directed "Sisters," his first thriller; also scripted from his story

1972

Directed first Hollywood production "Get To Know Your Rabbit," for Warner Bros.; was fired from the film; reworked by studio before release

1968

Directed, wrote and edited his first theatrical feature, "Greetings," featuring De Niro

1963

Began co-directing, co-writing, and co-editing (with Wilford Leach and Cynthia Munroe) first feature, "The Wedding Party" (completed in 1966; released in 1969); also initial collaboration with actor Robert De Niro

1962

Earned MCA writing fellowship to Sarah Lawrence on strength of third student film, "Wotan's Wake"

1960

Made first film, "Icarus" while at Columbia

Shot "The Responsive Eye," a record of the opening of the 'Op' art show at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, in four hours

Made documentaries for the US Treasury Department

Raised in Philadelphia

Bonus Trivia

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"It's so tough out there now," he said. "Those movies we made in the 1970s, I don't know if we could ever get them made now. They were crazy. There was that era of director as superstar, a flash of light between the demise of the studio system and the rise of the [talent] agencies. About a decade and then it was sort of over." - De Palma to the The Los Angeles Times, Sep. 10, 2006

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