George Romero

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Dubbed the "Grandfather of Zombie," Pittsburgh-based independent filmmaker George A. Romero was a pivotal figure in the development of the contemporary horror film and the progenitor of the zombie apocalypse subgenre ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1940 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

Doc of the Dead 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The I Scream Man 2014 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Birth of the Living Dead 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Nightmare 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Flight of the Spruce Goose 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

TV Director (Actor)

Martin 1978 (Movie)

Father Howard (Actor)

Fear in the Dark (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (18)

George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dawn of the Dead 2004 (Movie)

(from original screenplay) (Source Material)

Bruiser 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dark Half 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation("The Facts in the Case of Mr Valdemar") (Screenplay)

Night of the Living Dead 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night of the Living Dead 1990 (Movie)

from original screenplay (From Story)

Tales From the Darkside: the Movie 1990 (Movie)

("Cat From Hell") (Screenplay)

Monkey Shines 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Creepshow 2 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Day of the Dead 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Knightriders 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Martin 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hungry Wives 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Crazies 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (16)

George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Bruiser 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dark Half 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

("The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar") (Director)

Monkey Shines 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Day of the Dead 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Knightriders 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Martin 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Hungry Wives 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Crazies 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

There's Always Vanilla 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Night of the Living Dead 1968 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (7)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

("Something to Tide You Over") (Editor)

Knightriders 1981 (Movie)

(Editor)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)

Martin 1978 (Movie)

(Editor)

Hungry Wives 1973 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Crazies 1972 (Movie)

(Editor)

There's Always Vanilla 1972 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (6)

George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Crazies 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dark Half 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Night of the Living Dead 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tales From the Darkside 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tales From the Darkside (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

Hungry Wives 1973 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

There's Always Vanilla 1972 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Night of the Living Dead 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Executive (1)

The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Show)

Executive
Other (3)

Panic 2000 (Movie)

set medic (Medic)

A Murder of Crows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Medic

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

film extracts("Dawn of the Dead" (1979) "Night of the Living Dead" (1968)) (Other)

Biography

Dubbed the "Grandfather of Zombie," Pittsburgh-based independent filmmaker George A. Romero was a pivotal figure in the development of the contemporary horror film and the progenitor of the zombie apocalypse subgenre. Beginning with his first feature, "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), Romero not only upped the ante on explicit screen violence and gore, but also offered a satirical critique of American society that reflected the cultural upheavals of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Most importantly, Romero ushered in a fascination with zombies and spawned numerous imitators over the ensuing decades. Though he had a massive hit in terms of box office versus budget, Romero failed to capitalize with his following films until he returned to zombieland with "Dawn of the Dead" (1979), which went on to become one of the most successful independent movies ever made. Taking a brief sojourn into studio filmmaking with "Creepshow" (1982) and series television with "Tales from the Dark Side" (syndicated, 1984-85), Romero rounded out his trilogy with "Day of the Dead" (1985), only to take a seven-year hiatus from filmmaking. Returning in the new millennium, Romero reinvigorated his series with "Land of the Dead" (2005), "Diary of the Dead" (2007) and "Survival of the Dead" (2010), proving to all that even in the face of direct descendants "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Zombieland" (2009), Romero was still the master of the zombie genre.

Relationships

Christine Romero

Wife

George Romero

Father

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1960

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1960

Milestones

2008

Directed (also produced and wrote) "Diary of the Dead" the fifth film in Romero's Dead series

2005

Directed Simon Baker and John Leguizamo in "Land of the Dead"

2000

Wrote and directed the horror film, "Bruiser" starring Jason Flemyng

1993

Helmed "The Dark Half" based on a novel by Stephen King

1990

First feature credit as executive producer on the remake/sequel "Night of the Living Dead" (also wrote screenplay)

1987

First feature screenplay that he did not direct, "Creepshow 2"

1984

Debut as TV executive producer/writer, "Tales From the Darkside" (also created)

1983

First TV teleplay, "Trick or Treat" the pilot for "Tales From the Darkside"

1982

First collaboration with Stephen King, "Creepshow"

1978

First feature collaboration with producer Richard Rubinstein and special makeup effects artist Tom Savini, "Martin"

1974

Began directing episodes of a TV series produced by Laurel entitled "The Winners" about famous sports figures

1969

Honored by the Museum of Modern Art as the subject of their "Cineprobe"

1968

First feature film as director, "Night of the Living Dead"

1963

Founded Latent Image (commercial/industrial production company) in Pittsburgh

1958

Spent the summer before college working as a grip on Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest"

1954

Arrested at age 14 for throwing a flaming dummy off a Bronx rooftop while filming "The Man From the Meteor"

Borrowed an eight-millimeter Revere camera from a wealthy uncle

Co-founded Laurel Entertainment with Richard P. Rubinstein

Won a Future Scientists of America Award for "Earthbottom"; documentary produced as a high school science project

Left Laurel Entertainment to work independently in mid-1980s

Worked extensively in TV

Bonus Trivia

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"Until the Supreme Court establishes clearcut guidelines for the pornography of violence, 'Night of the Living Dead' will serve nicely as an outer-limit definition by example. This film casts serious aspersions on the integrity of its makers, distrib Walter Reade, the film industry as a whole and exhibs who book the pic, as well as raising doubts about the future of the regional cinema movement and the moral health of filmgoers who cheerfully opt for unrelieved sadism." - from Variety, Oct. 16, 1968

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"Well, let's face it, we're dealing with a fantasy premise, but deep down inside we were all serious filmmakers and somewhat disappointed because we had to resort to horror for our first film. I mean, everyone would like to do the great American film, but we found ourselves making a horror film. Once we adapted to that for openers, we then tried to make the best, most realistic horror film that we could on the money we had available." - Russell Streiner, producer and cast member ("Johnny") of "Night of the Living Dead" quoted in Nightmare Movies: A Critical Guide to Contemporary Horror Films by Kim Newman (New York: Harmony Books, 1988)

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"When I write a script, that's what I think about first. After I have it in my head, I can write the script in two weeks, because the surface doesn't matter: the characters can behave any way you want them to. But you have to know where you're going." - George Romero quoted in "Morning Becomes Romero" by Dan Yakir in Film Comment, May/June 1979

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"In the Sixties we used to sit around in coffee shops and talk and solve all the problems of society and the filmmakers did it in their movies. We don't do that anymore. Films are still critical of society, but this criticism has taken the form of parables communicated through the fantasy film. I do it in very broad strokes, with a comic-book type humor and extreme staging and a very pedantic kind of structure. But the socio-political parable is to me like a handshake with the audience. I don't think I'm saying anything new; it's a wink and should be taken as such." - George Romero quoted in "Morning Becomes Romero" by Dan Yakir in Film Comment, May/June 1979

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"It is perhaps the lingering intellectual distrust of the horror genre that has prevented George Romero's 'Living Dead' trilogy from receiving recognition for what it undoubtedly is: one of the most remarkable and audacious achievements of modern American cinema. Now that it has been completed by "Day of the Dead" one can see it clearly for what it always promised to be: the most uncompromising radical critique of contemporary America that is possible within the terms and conditions of a popular 'entertainment' cinema." - from "The Woman's Nightmare: Masculinity in "Day of the Dead" in Cineaction!, August 1986

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