Roger Corman

Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926)[3] is an American film director, producer, and actor.[4][5] He has been called "The Pope of Pop Cinema" and is known as a trailblazer in the world of independent film. Many of Corman's films are based on works that have an already-established critical reputation, such as his cycle of low-budget cult films adapted from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.[6]

Roger Corman
Corman in Hollywood, 2012
Roger William Corman

(1926-04-05) April 5, 1926 (age 96)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materStanford University (BS, Industrial Engineering, 1947)[1]
  • Film director
  • producer
  • actor
Years active1954–present
Known for
(m. 1970)
RelativesGene Corman (brother)

In 1964, Corman—admired by members of the French New Wave and Cahiers du Cinéma—became the youngest filmmaker to have a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française,[7] as well as in the British Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art. He was the co-founder of New World Pictures, the founder of New Concorde and is a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[8] In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award[9] "for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers".[10]

Corman mentored and gave a start to many young film directors such as Francis Ford Coppola,[11] Ron Howard,[12] Martin Scorsese,[13] Jonathan Demme,[14] Peter Bogdanovich,[15] Joe Dante,[16] John Sayles,[17] and James Cameron,[18][19] and was highly influential in the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s.[20][21] He also helped to launch the careers of actors like Peter Fonda,[22] Jack Nicholson,[18] Dennis Hopper,[17] Bruce Dern,[23] Sylvester Stallone,[24] Diane Ladd,[25] and William Shatner.[26] Corman has occasionally taken minor acting roles in the films of directors who started with him, including The Silence of the Lambs,[27] The Godfather Part II,[28] Apollo 13,[29] The Manchurian Candidate,[30] and Philadelphia.[31]

A documentary about Corman's life and career entitled Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, directed by Alex Stapleton, premiered at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals in 2011. The film's TV rights were picked up by A&E IndieFilms after a well-received screening at Sundance.[32]

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