Terry Zwigoff

Documentarian, Director, Musician
San Francisco-based documentarian Terry Zwigoff is best known for his 1994 film "Crumb", a frankly intimate portrait of the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb and his extended family. The film was not only hailed ... Read more »
Born: 05/17/1949

Filmography

Director (6)

Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghost World 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Crumb 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Louie Bluie 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The $40,000 Man (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Crumb 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Louie Bluie 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Ghost World 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The $40,000 Man (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

San Francisco-based documentarian Terry Zwigoff is best known for his 1994 film "Crumb", a frankly intimate portrait of the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb and his extended family. The film was not only hailed by critics and dissected by pundits and psychologists for exposing an intensely dysfunctional family unit, it also won virtually every major award for documentaries in 1995, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as citations from the New York and Los Angles Film Critics and the Directors Guild of America. Its failure to earn an Oscar nomination caused an uproar and a demand for change in the way the Academy selected its documentary nominees. (The film had been submitted to the Academy in 1994, but failed to impress the nominating committee.)

Relationships

Melissa Axelrod

Wife
worked at a comic book company

Milestones

2006

Helmed an adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential," with John Malkovich and Jim Broadbent

2003

Helmed the dark comedy "Bad Santa" starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox as conmen

2001

Direct fiction film "Ghost World"; also co-scripted, based on Daniel Clowes' comic book; shared Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay with Clowes

1996

Abandonded planned documentary on Woody Allen "for personal reasons"

1994

Directed documentary, "Crumb"

1985

First won attention with documentary "Louie Bluie"

1976

Zwigoff joined Robert Crumb's band The Cheap Suit Serenaders (date approximate)

Raised in Chicago

During the 1970s, published several of Robert Crumb's comics

Bonus Trivia

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The Cheap Suit Serenaders, a string band with which both Zwigoff and Crumb played, recorded three albums of blues and jazz in the 1970s.

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