David Lynch

Film Director / Actor / Screenwriter / Composer / Musician / Animator / Lyricist / Songwriter / Film Producer | * 01/20/1946 (73) | Missoula, Montana, USA
David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, painter, musician, actor, and photographer. He is best known for the acclaimed films Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001), regarded by some critics as among the best films of their respective decades, and for his successful 1990–91 television series Twin Peaks, which led to him being labeled "the first popular Surrealist" by noted film critic Pauline Kael. His 1977 debut film Eraserhead is regarded as a widely influential cult film. A recipient of an Academy Honorary Award in 2019, he has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, and has won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, 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. He has been described by The Guardian as "the most important director of this era... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Documentaries | Drama | Mystery

Known for these Movies & Shows

Awards & Nominations for David Lynch

Officer of The Legion of Honour Goslarer Kaiserring Knight of The Legion of Honour Saturn Award Golden Lion Palme d'Or Cannes Best Director Award César Award for Best Foreign Film 3x Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

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Movies with David Lynch as Actor(59)

as himself2019 Rocksteppy
as William Tabb2019 A Fall from Grace
as Narrator (voice)2017 Girlfriend's Day
as Howard2017 Lucky
as Man In Black2017 The Black Ghiandola
as himself2017 Behind the Red Curtain
as himself2017 Along for the Ride
as himself2016 On Meditation
as himself2016 Blue Velvet Revisited
as himself2015 Brand: A Second Coming
as himself2014 It's a Beautiful World
as himself2014 Between Two Worlds
as himself2013 What is Cinema?
as himself2012 Side by Side
as himself2010 Great Directors
as himself2010 2012: Time for Change
2007 Boat
2007 Lynch
as himself2003 Lamp
as Himself (archive footage)2002 Mysteries of Love
as himself2002 I Don't Know Jack
as himself2001 Eraserhead Stories
as Morgue Receptionist1994 Nadja
as himself1990 Hollywood Mavericks
as Willie1988 Zelly and Me
as Spice Miner (uncredited)1984 Dune
as Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited)1980 The Elephant Man
as Painter1980 Heart Beat
as Nurse1974 The Amputee

TV Shows/Series with David Lynch as Actor(8)

as Jack Dall2010 Louie
as himself1998 Independent Focus
as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole1990 Twin Peaks
as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole (voice)1990 Twin Peaks
as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole (voice)1990 Twin Peaks

Movies with David Lynch as Crew(117)

Directing/Director2018 Ant Head
Sound/Sound2018 Ant Head
Directing/Director2014 Duran Duran: Unstaged
Directing/Director2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
Production/Producer2014 My Beautiful Broken Brain
Directing/Director2013 Idem Paris
Directing/Director2011 I Touch a Red Button
Production/Producer2011 I Touch a Red Button
Directing/Director2011 The 3 Rs
Directing/Director2010 42 One Dream Rush
Directing/Director2010 Lady Blue Shanghai
Writing/Story2010 Lady Blue Shanghai
Directing/Director2010 Dream #7
Production/Producer2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
Directing/Director2008 Industrial Soundscape
Production/Executive Producer2008 Surveillance
Directing/Director2007 David Lynch Cooks Quinoa
Writing/Writer2007 David Lynch Cooks Quinoa
Production/Producer2007 David Lynch Cooks Quinoa
Directing/Director2007 To Each His Own Cinema
Directing/Director2007 More Things That Happened
Writing/Writer2007 More Things That Happened
Directing/Director2007 Ballerina
Directing/Director2007 Absurda
Directing/Director2007 Blue Green
Directing/Director2007 Boat
Writing/Writer2007 Boat
Directing/Director2006 Inland Empire
Production/Producer2006 Inland Empire
Camera/Director of Photography2006 Inland Empire
Editing/Editor2006 Inland Empire
Writing/Screenplay2006 Inland Empire
Sound/Sound Designer2006 Inland Empire
Crew/Thanks2005 What Is It?
Directing/Director2003 Lamp
Directing/Director2002 The Pig Walks
Directing/Director2002 The Disc of Sorrow Is Installed
Directing/Director2002 The Short Films of David Lynch
Writing/Screenplay2002 The Short Films of David Lynch
Directing/Director2002 Dead Mouse with Ants
Directing/Director2002 Darkened Room
Writing/Writer2002 Darkened Room
Directing/Director2002 Rabbits
Writing/Screenplay2002 Rabbits
Directing/Director2001 Pierre and Sonny Jim
Directing/Director2001 Eraserhead Stories
Directing/Director2001 Head with Hammer
Directing/Director2001 Mulholland Drive
Writing/Writer2001 Mulholland Drive
Sound/Sound Designer2001 Mulholland Drive
Sound/Sound Re-Recording Mixer2001 Mulholland Drive
Directing/Director2000 PlayStation 2: The Third Place
Directing/Director1999 The Straight Story
Sound/Sound Designer1999 The Straight Story
Directing/Director1999 Mulholland Dr.
Writing/Writer1999 Mulholland Dr.
Production/Executive Producer1999 Mulholland Dr.
Directing/Director1997 Lost Highway
Sound/Sound Designer1997 Lost Highway
Sound/Sound Re-Recording Mixer1997 Lost Highway
Writing/Writer1997 Lost Highway
Directing/Director1995 Lumière and Company
Production/Producer1994 Crumb
Production/Executive Producer1994 Nadja
Directing/Director1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Production/Executive Producer1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Sound/Sound Re-Recording Mixer1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Sound/Sound Designer1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Directing/Director1991 The King of Ads
Directing/Director1990 Wild at Heart
Writing/Author1990 Wild at Heart
Writing/Screenplay1990 Wild at Heart
Directing/Director1989 Twin Peaks
Writing/Screenplay1989 Twin Peaks
Production/Executive Producer1989 Twin Peaks
Directing/Director1988 The French as Seen by…
Directing/Director1988 The Cowboy and the Frenchman
Writing/Writer1988 The Cowboy and the Frenchman
Writing/Writer1988 Les Gaulois
Directing/Director1986 Blue Velvet
Writing/Screenplay1986 Blue Velvet
Directing/Director1984 Dune
Writing/Screenplay1984 Dune
Directing/Director1980 The Elephant Man
Writing/Screenplay1980 The Elephant Man
Sound/Sound Designer1980 The Elephant Man
Directing/Director1977 Eraserhead
Writing/Screenplay1977 Eraserhead
Production/Producer1977 Eraserhead
Sound/Original Music Composer1977 Eraserhead
Editing/Editor1977 Eraserhead
Art/Production Design1977 Eraserhead
Art/Art Direction1977 Eraserhead
Sound/Sound Director1977 Eraserhead
Crew/Special Effects1977 Eraserhead
Directing/Director1974 The Amputee
Directing/Director1970 The Grandmother
Crew/Script1970 The Grandmother
Writing/Screenplay1970 The Grandmother
Visual Effects/Animation1970 The Grandmother
Camera/Camera Operator1970 The Grandmother
Directing/Director1968 The Alphabet
Writing/Writer1968 The Alphabet
Sound/Sound1968 The Alphabet
Directing/Director1967 Six Men Getting Sick
Directing/Director1967 Sailing with Bushnell Keeler
Camera/Camera Operator1967 Sailing with Bushnell Keeler
Directing/Director1967 Fictitious Anacin Commercial
Directing/Director1967 Absurd Encounter with Fear

TV Shows/Series with David Lynch as Crew(15)

Directing/Director2002 DumbLand
Writing/Writer2002 DumbLand
Directing/Director1993 Hotel Room
Writing/Screenplay1993 Hotel Room
Production/Executive Producer1993 Hotel Room
Sound/Sound Designer1993 Hotel Room
Writing/Writer1992 On the Air
Directing/Director1992 On the Air
Production/Producer1992 On the Air
Production/Executive Producer1990 Twin Peaks
Directing/Director1990 Twin Peaks
Writing/Writer1990 Twin Peaks
Writing/Story1990 Twin Peaks
Editing/Additional Editor1990 Twin Peaks
Sound/Sound Designer1990 Twin Peaks

Additional Information

Full Name: David Keith Lynch
Born: Sunday, 01/20 1946 (January) in Missoula (current age: 73 years + 214 days)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: George Washington University, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, AFI Conservatory
Spouses (current/former): Mary Sweeney
Partner (current/former): Isabella Rossellini
Children: Jennifer Lynch
Other names for David Lynch (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Дэвид Линч"
"데이비드 린치"
"ديفيد لينش"
"Девід Лінч"
"David Keith Lynch"
David Lynch frequently works together with these people:
Jason S. (26x, Crew)
Angelo Badalamenti (26x, Crew)
Mary Sweeney (15x, Crew)
Kyle MacLachlan (13x, Actor)
Jack Nance (13x, Actor)
Seth MacFarlane (11x, Actor)
Harry Dean Stanton (10x, Actor)
Alex Borstein (9x, Actress)
Laura Dern (9x, Actress)
Dennis Hopper (9x, Actor)
Mark Frost (9x, Crew)
Patricia Norris (9x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:719, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 08/17/2019