Pen Densham

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
A writer, producer and occasional director of highly entertaining genre fare of the 1980s and 90s, Pen Densham specialized in action-adventure with a minor in sci-fi. The son of a lighting camera operator, Densham was ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1947 in Middlesex, England, GB

Filmography

Producer (30)

That's Amore! 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Phantom 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Just Buried 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Breaking News 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Carrie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Twilight Zone 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Magnificent Seven 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Buffalo Soldiers (TNT) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fame L.A. 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Peter Benchley's Creature 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Taking of Pelham 123 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moll Flanders 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tank Girl 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blown Away 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Gnome Named Gnorm 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Backdraft 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Kiss 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Winners Take All 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Best Revenge 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Brother's Keeper (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lifepod (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Headmistress (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Space Rangers (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Taking Liberty (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (9)

Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Moll Flanders 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Gnome Named Gnorm 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Gnome Named Gnorm 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Winners Take All 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

Winners Take All 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (5)

Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Moll Flanders 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Kiss 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Winners Take All 1985 (Movie)

(Director)
Executive (1)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

montage supervisor (Supervisor)
Music (1)

The Kiss 1988 (Movie)

lyrics("Under My Skin") (Theme Lyrics)

Biography

A writer, producer and occasional director of highly entertaining genre fare of the 1980s and 90s, Pen Densham specialized in action-adventure with a minor in sci-fi. The son of a lighting camera operator, Densham was born and raised in England. He initially showed an interest in photography, studied at art schools in Bournemouth and Salisbury and eventually made his way to Toronto, Canada in the mid-60s. Shortly after his arrival, he began making short films, some with media guru Marshall McLuhan. He met John Watson and the duo formed Insight Productions, creating films and TV commercials. After earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Subject for "Life Times Nine" (1973), Densham and Watson were lured to Hollywood by fellow Canadian Norman Jewison. Through working with Jewison on "F.I.S.T." (1978), Densham met Sylvester Stallone for whom Densham was consultant and montage supervisor on "Rocky II" (1979). Watson and Densham earned a second Oscar nod for Best Short Subject with 1980's "Don't Mess With Bill".

Relationships

Edna Noreen Densham

Mother

Victoria Elizabeth Densham

Daughter

Nevin Philip Densham

Son

Raymond Densham

Father

Wendy Savage

Wife
married on May 24, 1975

EDUCATION

Bournemouth Art College

Bournemouth
studied while a teenager

Salisbury Art College

studied while a teenager

Milestones

1998

Wrote, directed and executive produced the TNT biopic, "Houdini"

1998

Served as an executive producer of "The Magnificent Seven" (CBS)

1998

Trilogy's deal with Spelling ended when Spelling abandoned motion picture production; in March, Trilogy signed a three-year, first-look deal with MGM

1996

Co-produced, directed and wrote feature "Moll Flanders" starring Robin Wright

1995

In November, Trilogy announced three-year, six-picture deal with Spelling Pictures

1995

Launched and was executive producer of "The Outer Limits" for Showtime

1995

At Cannes Film Festival, Trilogy announced joint venture with production companies Majestic and RCS called TRM; venture abandoned in fall

1993

Created and produced CBS series "Space Rangers"

1991

With Lewis and Watson, produced "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (also co-wrote) and "Backdraft"

1988

First solo directing credit, "The Kiss" (also produced)

1986

Founded Trilogy Entertainment Group with Richard Barton Lewis and Watson

1985

With Watson, co-directed, co-wrote, and co-produced "The Zoo Gang"

1981

Insight Productions earned second Oscar nomination with short film "Don't Mess With Bill!"

1979

Creative consultant to Sylvester Stallone on "Rocky II"

1973

Made short film, "Life Times Nine"; earned Oscar nomination

1966

Moved to Toronto (date approximate)

While still a teenager, enrolled in art colleges in England

Directed and produced numerous short films, including several with Marshall McLuhan

Born and raised in England

Was executive producer of "Poltergeist: The Legacy" series for Showtime, The Sci-Fi Channel and syndication

Founded Insight Productions with John Watson

Sold photographs to magazines

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