Leigh Whannell

Australian actor, screenwriter and producer Leigh Whannell is best known-some might say notorious-for his horror collaborations with director James Wan, most notably the original "Saw" (2004) and the "Insidious" films ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1977 in Melbourne, , AU

Filmography

Actor (17)

Cooties 2015 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

Home Invasion 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Insidious: Chapter 3 2015 (Movie)

Specs (Actor)

Raze 2014 (Movie)

Elevator Guard (Actor)

The Mule 2014 (Movie)

Gavin Ellis (Actor)

Crush 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 (Movie)

Specs (Actor)

The Pardon 2013 (Movie)

Clement Moss (Actor)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Insidious 2011 (Movie)

Specs (Actor)

Dying Breed 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Death Sentence 2007 (Movie)

Spink (Actor)

Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Saw III 2006 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Saw 2004 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)
Writer (15)

Cooties 2015 (Movie)

(Story By)

Cooties 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Insidious: Chapter 3 2015 (Movie)

(based on characters created by) (Source Material)

Insidious: Chapter 3 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mule 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 (Movie)

(based on characters by) (Source Material)

Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 (Movie)

(Story By)

Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Insidious 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Silence 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saw III 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

Saw III 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saw 2 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saw 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

Saw 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (8)

Cooties 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Mule 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Saw 3D 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Saw VI 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Saw V 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Saw IV 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Saw III 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Saw 2 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Insidious: Chapter 3 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Australian actor, screenwriter and producer Leigh Whannell is best known-some might say notorious-for his horror collaborations with director James Wan, most notably the original "Saw" (2004) and the "Insidious" films. After a few Aussie TV roles in his youth, he appeared briefly in the sci-fi sequel "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and became intent on writing his own film with Wan. The result was the bloody and unexpected hit "Saw," which made a huge return on its small budget, prompting a slew of sequels. Whannell co-penned "Saw II" (2005) and "Saw III" (2006) and served as an executive producer on the films. He later moved on to co-writing "Dead Silence" (2007) with Wan, but the movie wasn't successful critically or commercially. In 2010, Whannell and his go-to collaborator reunited for the supernatural film "Insidious." The eerie and unsettling tale, which featured Whannell as a paranormal investigator's assistant, was a huge hit. In 2013, he returned for "Insidious: Chapter 2," which was well received, and once again showcased his clear talents as both a screenwriter and supporting actor.

EDUCATION

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Milestones

2013

Co-wrote and appeared in "Insidious 2"

2010

Co-wrote and appeared in "Insidious"

2010

Voiced a character in "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole"

2005

Co-penned and produced "Saw II"

2004

Co-wrote and starred in "Saw"

2003

Featured in "The Matrix Reloaded"

1998

Hosted the Aussie pop-culture show "Recovery"

Bonus Trivia

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"It’s an interesting feeling to be so involved with [the 'Saw' series] in the beginning, and then to watch new writers and directors take it off in another direction. It’s kind of surreal right now. Right now in this moment in time, L.A. and I’m assuming other cities in America are papered with 'Saw' posters and billboards. There’s a new 'Saw' film coming out next week, and it’s an interesting feeling to be sitting in your car, looking up at a billboard for 'Saw,' thinking, 'Yeah, wow, here is something that’s about to come out that I have something to do with.' Yet I feel divorced from it in a way, because I wasn’t part of the making of that particular film. I guess it’s like having a child and raising it and putting all this time into it, and then watching it go off to college, saying, 'I don’t need you anymore. I don’t want you around. I don’t want my parents making me look uncool.'" -- from The A.V. Club, 10/29/10

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"After ‘Saw,' we got offered every horror remake under the sun, and I was just always thinking, 'I don’t see how this could be interesting for me.'" -- from Screen Rant, March 2011

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As of 2013, Whannell and Wan have collaborated on seven feature films in varying capacities.

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