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David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian", and which is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Indeed, the surreal and in many cases violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences.

Moving around various parts of the United States as a child within his middle class family, Lynch went on to study painting in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. Deciding to devote himself more fully to this medium, he moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. Then being employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he proceeded to make two films. First, the science-fiction epic Dune (1984), which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film, Blue Velvet (1986), which was highly critically acclaimed.

Proceeding to create his own television series with Mark Frost, the highly popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1992), he also created a cinematic prequel, Fire Walk With Me (1992), a road movie, Wild at Heart (1990), and a family film, The Straight Story (1999) in the same period. Turning further towards surrealist filmmaking, three of his following films worked on "dream logic" non-linear narrative structures, Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006).

Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, for his films The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, and also received a screenplay Academy Award nomination for The Elephant Man. Lynch has twice won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the country's top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and then an Officier in 2007, while that same year, The Guardian described Lynch as "the most important director of this era". Allmovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", whilst the success of his films have led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist.

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David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian", and which is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Indeed, the surreal and in many cases violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences.

Moving around various parts of the United States as a child within his middle class family, Lynch went on to study painting in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. Deciding to devote himself more fully to this medium, he moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. Then being employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he proceeded to make two films. First, the science-fiction epic Dune (1984), which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film, Blue Velvet (1986), which was highly critically acclaimed.

Proceeding to create his own television series with Mark Frost, the highly popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1992), he also created a cinematic prequel, Fire Walk With Me (1992), a road movie, Wild at Heart (1990), and a family film, The Straight Story (1999) in the same period. Turning further towards surrealist filmmaking, three of his following films worked on "dream logic" non-linear narrative structures, Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006).

Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, for his films The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, and also received a screenplay Academy Award nomination for The Elephant Man. Lynch has twice won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the country's top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and then an Officier in 2007, while that same year, The Guardian described Lynch as "the most important director of this era". Allmovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", whilst the success of his films have led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 91

Birthday 1946-01-20

Place of Birth Missoula, Montana, USA

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Also Known As

  • Дэвид Линч
  • David Linchevatelis

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing PiecesDirector
2014 Duran Duran: UnstagedDirector
2013 Idem ParisDirector
2012 Crazy Clown TimeDirector
2011 The 3 RsDirector
2011 I Touch a Red ButtonDirector
2010 42 One Dream RushDirector
2010 Lady Blue ShanghaiDirector
2007 BallerinaDirector
2007 Out Yonder (Neighbor Boy)Director
2007 Blue GreenDirector
2007 More Things That HappenedDirector
2007 To Each His Own CinemaDirector
2007 AbsurdaDirector
2007 Bug CrawlsDirector
2007 BoatDirector
2007 QuinoaDirector
2006 Inland EmpireDirector
2005 Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent FilmmakerDirector
2002 The Short Films of David LynchDirector
2002 Darkened RoomDirector
2002 DumblandDirector
2002 RabbitsDirector
2001 Eraserhead StoriesDirector
2001 Mulholland DriveDirector
1999 The Straight StoryDirector
1999 Mulholland Dr.Director
1997 Lost HighwayDirector
1995 Premonitions Following an Evil DeedDirector
1995 Lumière and CompanyDirector
1993 Hotel RoomDirector
1993 Hotel Room(1 episode)Director
1992 On the Air(1 episode)Director
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeDirector
1990 Wild at HeartDirector
1990 Twin Peaks(25 episodes)Director
1990 Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the BrokenheartedDirector
1989 Twin PeaksDirector
1988 The French as Seen by…Director
1988 The Cowboy and the FrenchmanDirector
1986 Blue VelvetDirector
1984 DuneDirector
1980 The Elephant ManDirector
1977 EraserheadDirector
1974 The AmputeeDirector
1970 The GrandmotherDirector
1968 The AlphabetDirector
1967 Absurd Encounter with FearDirector
1967 Fictitious Anacin CommercialDirector
1967 Sailing with Bushnell KeelerDirector
1967 Six Men Getting SickDirector

Acting

2017 Lucky as Howard
2017 David Lynch: The Art Life as Himself
2016 Shadows of Paradise
2016 Blue Velvet Revisited
2016 On Meditation as Himself
2016 My Beautiful Broken Brain as Himself
2015 Brand: A Second Coming as Himself
2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces as Gordon Cole
2014 It's a Beautiful World as Himself
2013 What is Cinema? as Himself
2012 Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction as Himself
2012 Side by Side as Himself
2010 Great Directors as Himself
2010 Louie(2 episodes) as Jack Dall
2009 The Cleveland Show(11 episodes)
2007 A Slice of Lynch
2007 Out Yonder (Neighbor Boy)
2007 Boat
2007 Le son de Lynch
2006 Torchwood(1 episode)
2005 Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent Filmmaker as Himself
2004 Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments as himself
2004 The Making of: Mulholland Drive as Himself
2002 The Short Films of David Lynch as Himself
2002 I Don't Know Jack as Himself
2002 Mysteries of Love as Himself (archive footage)
2001 Eraserhead Stories as Himself
1999 Family Guy(1 episode)
1998 Independent Focus(1 episode) as Himself
1998 The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money as Himself
1997 Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch as Himself
1994 Nadja as Morgue Receptionist
1994 Don Van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff as Himself
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as Gordon Cole
1990 Twin Peaks(6 episodes)
1990 Twin Peaks(1 episode) as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole
1988 Zelly and Me as Willie
1988 No Frank in Lumberton
1980 The Elephant Man as Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited)
1980 Heart Beat as Painter
1974 The Amputee as Nurse
1967 Sailing with Bushnell Keeler
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1900 A Fall from Grace as William Tabb
1900 The Music of David Lynch Benefit Concert

Writing

2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing PiecesWriter
2010 Lady Blue ShanghaiStory
2007 More Things That HappenedWriter
2007 BoatWriter
2006 Inland EmpireScreenplay
2006 Inland EmpireAuthor
2002 The Short Films of David LynchScreenplay
2002 The Short Films of David LynchWriter
2002 Darkened RoomWriter
2002 DumblandWriter
2002 RabbitsScreenplay
2001 Mulholland DriveWriter
1999 Mulholland Dr.Writer
1997 Lost HighwayWriter
1992 On the Air(2 episodes)Writer
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeAuthor
1990 Wild at HeartScreenplay
1990 Wild at HeartAuthor
1990 Twin Peaks(24 episodes)Writer
1989 Twin PeaksScreenplay
1988 The Cowboy and the FrenchmanWriter
1986 Blue VelvetScreenplay
1984 DuneScreenplay
1980 The Elephant ManScreenplay
1977 EraserheadScreenplay
1970 The GrandmotherScreenplay
1968 The AlphabetWriter

Production

2016 My Beautiful Broken BrainProducer
2011 I Touch a Red ButtonProducer
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye DoneProducer
2008 SurveillanceExecutive Producer
2006 Inland EmpireProducer
1999 Mulholland Dr.Executive Producer
1994 NadjaExecutive Producer
1994 CrumbProducer
1992 On the Air(7 episodes)Producer
1990 Twin Peaks(30 episodes)Executive Producer
1977 EraserheadProducer

Sound

1997 Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David LynchMusic
1997 Lost HighwaySound Re-Recording Mixer
1997 Lost HighwaySound Designer
1980 The Elephant ManSound Designer
1977 EraserheadSound Director
1977 EraserheadOriginal Music Composer
1968 The AlphabetSound

Creator

1993 Hotel RoomCreator
1992 On the AirCreator
1990 Twin PeaksCreator
1900 DumbLandCreator
1900 American ChroniclesCreator

Editing

2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing PiecesEditor
2006 Inland EmpireEditor
2005 Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent FilmmakerEditor
1977 EraserheadEditor

Crew

2016 Psychogenic FugueCreative Consultant
2005 What Is It?Thanks
1977 EraserheadSpecial Effects
1970 The GrandmotherScript

Camera

2006 Inland EmpireDirector of Photography
1970 The GrandmotherCamera Operator
1967 Sailing with Bushnell KeelerCamera Operator

Art

1977 EraserheadArt Direction
1977 EraserheadProduction Design

Visual Effects

1970 The GrandmotherAnimation

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