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Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (born 6 August 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-born American film director, screenwriter, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Shyamalan released his first film, Praying with Anger, in 1992 while he was a New York University student. His second movie, the major feature film Wide Awake, made in 1995 but not released until three years later, did not succeed financially.

Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999's The Sixth Sense, which was a commercial success and nominated for six Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He followed The Sixth Sense by writing and directing Unbreakable, released in 2000, which received positive reviews. His 2002 film Signs, where he also played Ray Reddy, gained both critical and financial success. His next movie The Village (2004) received mixed reviews from the critics, but turned out to be a financial success. His later fantasy film Lady in the Water (2006) performed worse critically and financially. The film The Happening (2008) was a financial success but also received negative reviews. The Last Airbender (2010) received extremely negative reviews in the United States and won 5 Razzie Awards, but has gone on to make nearly $320 million internationally at the box office. His latest film, Devil (2010), which he produced and wrote the story for, but did not direct, was not screened by critics before its release but eventually received mixed reviews. Devil was not a blockbuster hit but has become a commercial success relative to its low budget and was named as one of the top 5 horror films of 2010 by ShockTillYouDrop.com.

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Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (born 6 August 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-born American film director, screenwriter, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Shyamalan released his first film, Praying with Anger, in 1992 while he was a New York University student. His second movie, the major feature film Wide Awake, made in 1995 but not released until three years later, did not succeed financially.

Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999's The Sixth Sense, which was a commercial success and nominated for six Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He followed The Sixth Sense by writing and directing Unbreakable, released in 2000, which received positive reviews. His 2002 film Signs, where he also played Ray Reddy, gained both critical and financial success. His next movie The Village (2004) received mixed reviews from the critics, but turned out to be a financial success. His later fantasy film Lady in the Water (2006) performed worse critically and financially. The film The Happening (2008) was a financial success but also received negative reviews. The Last Airbender (2010) received extremely negative reviews in the United States and won 5 Razzie Awards, but has gone on to make nearly $320 million internationally at the box office. His latest film, Devil (2010), which he produced and wrote the story for, but did not direct, was not screened by critics before its release but eventually received mixed reviews. Devil was not a blockbuster hit but has become a commercial success relative to its low budget and was named as one of the top 5 horror films of 2010 by ShockTillYouDrop.com.

Description above from the Wikipedia article M. Night Shyamalan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 24

Birthday 1970-08-06

Place of Birth Mahé, Puducherry, India

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Also Known As

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

2019 GlassScreenplay
2016 SplitWriter
2015 The VisitWriter
2014 Unbreakable SignsWriter
2013 After EarthScreenplay
2010 The Last AirbenderWriter
2010 DevilStory
2008 The HappeningScreenplay
2006 Lady in the WaterScreenplay
2006 Lady in the WaterAuthor
2004 The VillageWriter
2002 SignsWriter
2000 UnbreakableWriter
1999 Stuart LittleScreenplay
1999 The Sixth SenseWriter
1998 Wide AwakeWriter
1992 Praying with AngerWriter
1900 Labor of LoveScreenplay

Acting

2016 Split as Jai, Hooters Lover
2013 Bruce Willis: Why the Legend Never Dies as Himself
2010 The Last Airbender as Firebender at Earth Prison Camp
2008 The Happening as Joey
2006 Reflections of Lady in the Water
2006 Lady in the Water as Vick Ran
2004 The Village as Guard at Desk
2004 The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan as Himself
2002 Signs as Ray Reddy
2000 Unbreakable as Stadium Drug Dealer
1999 The Sixth Sense as Dr. Hill
1997 The View(2 episodes)
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1992 Praying with Anger as Dev Raman
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode)

Directing

2019 GlassDirector
2016 SplitDirector
2015 The VisitDirector
2013 After EarthDirector
2010 The Last AirbenderDirector
2008 The HappeningDirector
2006 Lady in the WaterDirector
2004 The VillageDirector
2002 SignsDirector
2000 UnbreakableDirector
1999 The Sixth SenseDirector
1998 Wide AwakeDirector
1992 Praying with AngerDirector
1900 Labor of LoveDirector

Production

2016 SplitProducer
2015 The VisitProducer
2015 Wayward Pines(10 episodes)Executive Producer
2013 After EarthExecutive Producer
2010 DevilProducer
2008 The HappeningProducer
2006 Lady in the WaterProducer
2004 The VillageProducer
2002 SignsProducer
2000 UnbreakableProducer
1900 Labor of LoveProducer

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