David Cronenberg

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Hailed as one of the most original and sophisticated horror filmmakers that came to prominence during the 1970s, David Cronenberg transcended the limitations of his somewhat disreputable genre to become one of the most ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1943 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Director (24)

Maps to the Stars 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Cosmopolis 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

A Dangerous Method 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World") (Director)

Eastern Promises 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

A History of Violence 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Spider 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Camera 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Existenz 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Crash 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

M. Butterfly 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Naked Lunch 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Friday the 13th: The Series 1987 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

Dead Ringers 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fly 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Videodrome 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Scanners 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Fast Company 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brood 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Rabid 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Shivers 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Crimes of the Future 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Matarese Circle (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (24)

Tales From the Organ Trade 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

O'Malley Director #2 (Actor)

William Burroughs: A Man Within 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sisters 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jason X 2002 (Movie)

Dr. Wimmer (Actor)

Steve Martini's The Judge 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Nightmare 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Night 1999 (Movie)

Duncan (Actor)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

Hospital Lawyer (Actor)

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

Postal Supervisor (Actor)

Blood & Donuts 1995 (Movie)

Stephen (Actor)

Henry & Verlin 1995 (Movie)

Doc Cronenberg (Actor)

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

Man At Lake (Actor)

Trial By Jury 1994 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Blue 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Naked Making Lunch 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

Dr Decker (Actor)

The Fly 1986 (Movie)

Gynecologist (Actor)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Group Supervisor (Actor)

Moonshine Highway (TV Show)

Actor

Resurrection (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (16)

Cosmopolis 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Camera 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Existenz 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crash 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scanners III: The Takeover 1992 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Naked Lunch 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scanners II: the New Order 1991 (Movie)

from original characters (Characters as Source Material)

Dead Ringers 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fly 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Videodrome 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scanners 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fast Company 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Brood 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rabid 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shivers 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crimes of the Future 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (6)

Spider 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Existenz 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

I'm Losing You 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crash 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead Ringers 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crimes of the Future 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (1)

Crimes of the Future 1969 (Movie)

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

Crimes of the Future 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Other (1)

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

film extracts("Scanners" (1980) "The Brood" (1979) "Videodrome" (1983)) (Other)

Biography

Hailed as one of the most original and sophisticated horror filmmakers that came to prominence during the 1970s, David Cronenberg transcended the limitations of his somewhat disreputable genre to become one of the most respected directors of his generation. Cronenberg first gained notice for audacious sci-fi horror thrillers like "Shivers" (1975), "The Brood" (1979) and "Scanners" (1981), before scoring critical and commercial hits with "The Dead Zone" (1983) and his remake of "The Fly" (1986), starring Jeff Goldblum. Following the critically lauded "Dead Ringers" (1988), Cronenberg began branching out beyond horror to direct the adaptation of William S. Burrough's "Naked Lunch" (1991) and courted a great deal of controversy for "Crash" (1996), which focused on a group of people who derived sexual pleasure from car crashes. After years of earning a reputation - perhaps unfairly - as an exploitation director, Cronenberg gained wider respect for his Academy Award-winning thriller "A History of Violence" (2005) and his excellent crime drama, "Eastern Promises" (2007), both of which starred favored actor Viggo Mortensen. Having gone through many permutations throughout his career, Cronenberg attained the status of being one of the most intelligent and interesting contemporary auteurs working in English language films.

Relationships

Brandon Cronenberg Special Effects

Son
Born c. 1985 Mother, Carolyn Zeifman

Milton Cronenberg

Father
Edited True Canadian Crime Stories magazine

Caitlin Cronenberg

Daughter
Born c. 1991 Mother, Carolyn Zeifman

Cassandra Cronenberg

Daughter
Served as assistant director trainee on "Naked Lunch" (1991), "M Butterfly" (1993) and "Crash" (1996) Mother, Margaret Hindson

Denise Cronenberg

Sister
Designed costumes for all her brother's features since "The Fly" (1986) Studied ballet with the American Ballet Theatre

Margaret Hindson

Wife
Married in 1970 Divorced in 1977

Esther Sumberg

Mother

Aaron Woodley Director

Nephew
Son of Denise Cronenberg

Carolyn Zeifman Assistant Editor

Wife
Married in 1979

EDUCATION

Drewson Street Public School

North Toronto Collegiate

Toronto , Ontario

Harbord College

Kent Senior School

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario 1963 - 1967
Ontario scholar; won Gertrude Lawler Scholarship for graduating at the head of the class; won Epstein award for best short story; made two experimental 16 mm short films

Milestones

2011

Directed Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Mortensen in "A Dangerous Method"

2007

Directed and played a suicidal man in the short segment titled "At the suicide of the last Jew in the world in the last cinema in the world" featured in "To Each His Own Cinema"

2007

Helmed the thriller "Eastern Promises," reteaming the acclaimed director with Viggo Mortensen

2005

Directed "A History of Violence," a film about an average family that is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder

2002

Directed Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson in the psychological thriller "Spider"

2000

Signed agreement with Internet studio ExFlix to provide content; announced plans to create "David Cronenberg's Film Skool" featuring a character called Rant Quealy

1999

Directed first original script in more than 15 years, "eXistenZ"

1999

Served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival

1996

Turned another unfilmable novel, J G Ballard's Crash, into an intriguing, disturbing, enigmatic motion picture

1993

Reteamed with Irons for "M. Butterfly," a tame and disappointing adaptation of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning Broadway play

1991

Brilliantly adapted William S Burroughs' supposedly unfilmable novel "Naked Lunch"

1990

First major acting role in a feature, Clive Barker's "Nightbreed"

1988

Directed "Dead Ringers"; starred Jeremy Irons in fascinating dual role as twin gynecologists who share each other's lives – and lovers; based on the true story of the Marcus brothers

1986

Scored commercial success with "The Fly," a reworking of the 1958 cult sci-fi movie starring Jeff Goldblum; made cameo appearance as a gynecologist

1985

Acting debut in John Landis' "Into the Night"

1983

First feature directed from another's screenplay, "The Dead Zone", based on a Stephen King novel; first Hollywood film

1983

Wrote last original screenplay for 16 years, "Videodrome"; starred James Woods in a dynamic performance as head of a soft-core TV channel mesmerized by bizarre, untraceable "snuff" transmissions that have a hallucinatory power

1980

Wrote and directed the sci-fi horror flick "Scanners"; among film's assets were the noteworthy special effects; spawned a host of sequels (none of which Cronenberg directed)

1979

Used Samantha Eggar's bodily-manifested anger in "The Brood" as a reflection of own anger over divorce from first wife

1976

Cast Marilyn Chambers (the "Ivory Snow" porn queen) as a woman with an unsatiable thirst for blood in "Rabid"

1974

First commercial feature, "Shivers/They Came from Within/Frissons"; also wrote script

1972

Made six fillers for TV (directed, scripted, and shot)

1972

Returned to Canada

1972

Episodic TV directing debut, "Secret Weapons" for the Canadian series "Project X"

1970

While living in France, directed, scripted, and shot three fillers for television

1970

Traveled to Europe on Canadian Council Grant

1969

Completed second feature, "Crimes of the Future"

1968

First feature and first film in 35mm, "Stereo" (produced, directed, wrote, shot and edited)

1967

Wrote, directed, shot and edited the 14-minute 16mm short "From the Drain"

1966

As a college student, directed, wrote, shot and edited first film, the 16mm, seven-minute short "Transfer"

Submitted fantasy and science fiction stories to magazines for publication as a youth; none purchased

Bonus Trivia

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About Ted Turner's reaction to "Crash": "The film is a meditation on sex, death and technology, but it's beyond articulating. So somebody like Turner slips to the next available notch, which is about teenagers and cars and sex, or something silly like that – especially coming from a guy whose network shows 'The Dukes of Hazzard' all the time." – Cronenberg quoted in Daily News, March 19, 1997

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About why MGM (who initially developed project) dropped "eXistenz": "Their own demographics tell them this kind of movie is going to be attractive to young men – because it's sci-fi and about games – and young men don't want the lead to be a girl. They want it to be them. Suddenly you realize you've not written quite so commercially viable script as you thought. Feminist so-called paranoia about Hollywood is absolutely justified." – from Sight and Sound, April 1999

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Cautiously hopeful about the reactions to "eXistenZ,", Cronenberg still worried: "It's depressing to think that it might be too much, too confusing, too complex, for people. One feels in danger of losing an audience. There might come a time when there is no audience who can understand what I'm doing. Then I'm no longer a filmmaker – I mean you need an audience." – from The Guardian, April 1, 1999.

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In April 2009, Cronenberg received the Medal of Knight to the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.

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