Errol Morris

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
One of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers of the late 20th century and beyond, Oscar-winning director Errol Morris sought to uncover the truth, or various truths, behind unusual and controversial subjects in such ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1948 in Hewlett, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (18)

Holland, Michigan 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Tabloid 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

Standard Operating Procedure 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

The Fog of War 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Segment Director

First Person 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Stairway To Heaven 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dark Wind 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Parrot 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

A Brief History of Time 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thin Blue Line 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Vernon, Florida 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Gates of Heaven 1978 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (10)

The Look of Silence 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Act of Killing 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tabloid 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Standard Operating Procedure 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fog of War 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vernon, Florida 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gates of Heaven 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (6)

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Errol Morris' First Person 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel New York 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (3)

Standard Operating Procedure 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Thin Blue Line 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gates of Heaven 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

One of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers of the late 20th century and beyond, Oscar-winning director Errol Morris sought to uncover the truth, or various truths, behind unusual and controversial subjects in such films as "The Thin Blue Line" (1988), "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr." (1999), "The Fog of War" (2003) and "Tabloid" (2010). An avowed fan of film noir, Morris approached his films like a detective might, examining all the evidence, assembling hypotheses, and using decidedly non-documentary approaches like re-enactments, animation and found footage to assemble all the facts for viewers, who were then allowed to draw their own conclusions rather than adhere to Morris' own theories. The results were some of the most visually stunning documentaries ever made and, in the case of "The Thin Blue Line," a groundbreaking, genre-bending effort that resulted in the reversal of a life sentence for murder. Morris' work eventually transformed the way in which documentaries were produced, with re-enactments and his signature interview method, which had subjects directly address the camera becoming the norm for fact-based film and television projects. His passion for the truth behind perceptions made Morris one of the most vital filmmakers in the industry.

Relationships

Julia Sheehan

Wife
Met in the late 1970s married in 1984

Hamilton Morris

Son

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison , Wisconsin 1969

The Putney School

Putney , Vermont
A boarding school in Vermont

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley , California

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1972
Accepted to Princeton graduate program, but left early in the program

Milestones

2008

Filmed the documentary "Standard Operating Procedure," which explores the events surrounding the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse

2003

Directed the documentary, "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara"; based on the life of the Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations

1999

Helmed the documentary, "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr." about the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier

1997

Profiled four esoteric professionals in "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control"

1992

Directed the documentary film, "A Brief History of Time" about the physicist Stephen Hawking

1991

Narrative feature directorial debut, "The Dark Wind"; produced by Robert Redford and released directly on video

1988

Breakthrough feature, "The Thin Blue Line"; film led to release of its subject, the unjustly imprisoned Randall Dale Adams

1981

Completed second documentary, "Vernon, Florida" an account of an eccentric American town (aired on PBS in 1983)

1978

Directed first feature, "Gates of Heaven" a documentary about two California pet cemetaries

Worked as consultant to Werner Herzog and Volker Schlondorff

Bonus Trivia

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Werner Herzog had said he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished "Gates of Heaven" and made good on his bet; In 1978 when the film premiered, Herzog cooked and publicly ate his shoe, an event later incorporated into a short documentary by Les Blank, titled "Werner Eats His Shoe"

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