Zalman King

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
The ultimate impresario of a unique brand of glossy erotic fare, Zalman King started out as an actor, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his role on "The Young Lawyers" (ABC, 1970-71). His destiny lay behind the ... Read more »
Born: 05/22/1942 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

The Siskel & Ebert Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Endangered Species 1982 (Movie)

Hollywood Producer (Actor)

Galaxy of Terror 1980 (Movie)

Baelon (Actor)

Tell Me a Riddle 1980 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Blue Sunshine 1979 (Movie)

Jerry Zipkin (Actor)

The Passover Plot 1975 (Movie)

Yeshua (Actor)

Smile Jenny, You're Dead 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Trip With the Teacher 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Some Call It Loving 1973 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Neither By Day Nor By Night 1971 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

The Young Lawyers 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Lawyers 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ski Bum 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Long Hot Summer 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Like Normal People (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger on the Run (TV Show)

Actor

The Intruders (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (12)

A Place Called Truth 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In God's Hands 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Business For Pleasure 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Producer

Female Perversions 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Boca 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Boca 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lake Consequence 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Siesta 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

9 1/2 Weeks 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Endangered Species 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Roadie 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Black Sea 213 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (12)

Forty Deuce 1991 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries 1991 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Shame, Shame, Shame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Wind on Water 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Women of the Night 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

In God's Hands 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Delta of Venus 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

The Red Shoe Diaries 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Orchid 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Moon Junction 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Wildfire 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (8)

In God's Hands 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wild Orchid 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Moon Junction 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Moon Junction 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Wildfire 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

9 1/2 Weeks 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Roadie 1980 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

The ultimate impresario of a unique brand of glossy erotic fare, Zalman King started out as an actor, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his role on "The Young Lawyers" (ABC, 1970-71). His destiny lay behind the camera, however, and he produced and, with his wife, co-wrote "9½ Weeks" (1986). Directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, the film broke new ground for its art-directed erotic set-pieces, becoming a cult hit. Although critics found little to recommend about his psychosexual dreamscapes, King wrote, directed and produced provocative fare like "Two Moon Junction" (1988), "Wild Orchid" (1990) and "Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue" (1991) that became enduringly popular favorites with certain audiences. The keystone of his softcore empire, however, came with the immensely popular "Red Shoe Diaries" (Showtime, 1992-97). Loosely connected by a mysterious man (David Duchovny), the anthology series (and flurry of related projects) depicted King's favorite type of tale: various women transcending the mundane through their erotic awakenings. After a battle with cancer, he died on Feb. 3, 2012. Although mainstream critics found little to praise in his body of work, Zalman King was responsible for helping change audiences' perceptions of sexuality, art and film, redefining the line between artistry and erotica.

Relationships

Chloe King Assistant

Daughter

Patricia Knop Screenplay

Wife
Met while deep-sea diving in the Caribbean in the 1960s Married c. 1966 Co-wrote several of King's films including "Nine 1/2 Weeks" (1986) and "Wild Orchid" (1989), as well as Mary Lambert's "Siesta" (1987)

Gillian Lefkowitz Screenplay

Daughter

EDUCATION

Grinnell College

Grinnell , Iowa

Milestones

2008

Executive produced the erotic drama series "Body Language" (Showtime); also directed

2007

Returned to feature acting opposite Dita Von Teese in "Saint Francis"

2006

Helmed the feature documentary "Crazy Again" centered on Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee Dale Watson

2002

Created the Showtime series "ChromiumBlue.com"

2002

Directed the TV documentary "Barely Brooke" (E!) about actress and TV personality Brooke Burke Charvet

1998

Directed "In God's Hands," a drama about big wave surfers; also wrote and executive produced

1995

Helmed the feature adaptation of "Delta of Venus," based on the erotic fiction by Anaïs Nin

1992

Created the softcore series "Red Shoe Diaries" (Showtime), starring David Duchovny; also wrote, directed, and executive produced

1991

Wrote and directed the sequel "Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue"

1989

Directed Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset and Carré Otis in "Wild Orchid"; also co-wrote with Patricia Louisiana Knop; film almost received an X-rating for graphic sex scene between real-life lovers Rourke and Otis

1988

Helmed the erotic thriller "Two Moon Junction," starring Sherilyn Fenn; also featured final film performances from Burl Ives and Herve Villechaize, as well as the film debut of Milla Jovovich

1988

Directorial debut, the drama "Wildfire"; also wrote screenplay

1986

Collaborated with director Adrian Lyne in the erotic drama "Nine 1/2 Weeks," Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger; co-wrote screenplay with Sarah Kernochan and Patricia Louisanna Knop

1980

Wrote and executive produced first film, "Roadie"

1978

Starred in "Blue Sunshine" as a man wrongly accused of committing murders

1975

Played a narcoleptic biker gang member who terrorizes a group of teenagers in "Trip With The Teacher"

1969

Cast as idealistic Boston law student Aaron Silverman on ABC drama "The Young Lawyers"

1969

Made feature acting debut opposite Charlotte Rampling in "The Ski Bum"

1965

Played various characters on the CBS Western "Gunsmoke"

1964

Made onscreen acting debut on "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (CBS, NBC) episode titled "Memo from Purgatory"; co-starred James Caan and Walter Koenig

Bonus Trivia

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"A lot of the women in my films discover there is another person living inside of them [whom] they don't know is there. They then find they are open to something else." – King quoted in Us, October 1991

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"If Bob Guccione directed movies, they would probably have a lot in common with the ones Zalman King makes....King evokes a gauzy world in which women are forever attacking their garter belts and bumping into hunks who just don't know the meaning of the word 'no.'" – Robert Hofler in Us, October 1991

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