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Gus Van Sant

Film Director / Photographer / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Actor / Musician | * 07/24/1952 (67) | Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Gus Green Van Sant Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and mainstream filmmaker. His films typically deal with themes of marginalized subcultures, in particular homosexuality; as such, Van Sant is considered one of the most prominent auteurs of the New Queer Cinema movement. Van Sant's early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. He made his feature-length cinematic directorial debut with Mala Noche (1985). His second feature Drugstore Cowboy (1989) was highly acclaimed, and earned Van Sant screenwriting awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle and the award for Best Director from the National Society of Film Critics. His following film, My Own Private Idaho (1991), was similarly praised, as was the black comedy To Die For (1995), the drama ()
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Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Directing for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting and his 2008 film Milk, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant. He lives in Portland, Oregon. His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures. His filmography as writer and director includes an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d. lang, with cameos by William S. Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others); and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Reeves as well as River Phoenix. He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink. A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.

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

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Awards & Nominations for Gus Van Sant

2x Academy Award for Best Director

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Movies with Gus Van Sant as Actor(23)

as himself2019 At the Video Store
as Willamette Week Editor2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
as Dr. Campbell2013 The Canyons
as himself2012 A Special Day
as Guy Reading Newspaper (uncredited)2007 Paranoid Park
as Phone Voice (voice)2005 Last Days
as himself2003 Saltlake Van Sant
as himself2000 Psycho Path
as Library Assistant (uncredited)2000 Finding Forrester
as himself1998 Strange Parallel
as Man Talking to Man in Cowboy Hat (uncredited)1998 Psycho
as Man Behind Hotel Counter (uncredited)1991 My Own Private Idaho
as Guy at Hotel (uncredited)1986 Mala Noche

Movies with Gus Van Sant as Crew(67)

Directing/Director2019 The Prince of Fashion
Writing/Screenplay2019 The Prince of Fashion
Directing/Director2016 The Sea of Trees
Production/Executive Producer2012 Laurence Anyways
Directing/Director2012 Promised Land
Production/Executive Producer2012 Promised Land
Directing/Director2011 Restless
Production/Producer2011 Restless
Directing/Director2011 My Own Private River
Production/Executive Producer2010 Virginia
Directing/Director2008 Milk
Sound/Sound Re-Recording Mixer2008 Milk
Directing/Director2008 8
Directing/Director2007 To Each His Own Cinema
Writing/Screenplay2007 Paranoid Park
Directing/Director2007 Paranoid Park
Editing/Editor2007 Paranoid Park
Production/Executive Producer2006 Wild Tigers I Have Known
Directing/Director2006 Paris, Je T'Aime
Writing/Writer2006 Paris, Je T'Aime
Directing/Director2005 Last Days
Writing/Screenplay2005 Last Days
Editing/Editor2005 Last Days
Directing/Director2003 Elephant
Writing/Screenplay2003 Elephant
Editing/Editor2003 Elephant
Production/Executive Producer2003 Tarnation
Directing/Director2002 David Bowie: Best of Bowie
Directing/Director2002 Gerry
Writing/Screenplay2002 Gerry
Editing/Editor2002 Gerry
Directing/Director2000 Finding Forrester
Production/Executive Producer1999 Speedway Junky
Directing/Director1998 Psycho
Production/Producer1998 Psycho
Directing/Director1997 Good Will Hunting
Sound/Sound Re-Recording Mixer1997 Good Will Hunting
Directing/Script Supervisor1997 Good Will Hunting
Directing/Director1997 Ballad of the Skeletons
Writing/Writer1997 Ballad of the Skeletons
Directing/Director1996 Four Boys in a Volvo
Directing/Director1995 To Die For
Production/Executive Producer1995 Kids
Directing/Director1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Writing/Writer1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Editing/Editor1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Production/Executive Producer1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Directing/Director1991 Thanksgiving Prayer
Production/Producer1991 Thanksgiving Prayer
Directing/Director1991 My Own Private Idaho
Writing/Screenplay1991 My Own Private Idaho
Directing/Director1989 Drugstore Cowboy
Writing/Screenplay1989 Drugstore Cowboy
Directing/Director1988 Ken Death Gets Out of Jail
Directing/Director1987 Five Ways to Kill Yourself
Writing/Writer1987 Five Ways to Kill Yourself
Directing/Director1987 My New Friend
Directing/Director1986 Mala Noche
Writing/Screenplay1986 Mala Noche
Production/Producer1986 Mala Noche
Editing/Editor1986 Mala Noche
Directing/Director1982 The Discipline of D.E.
Sound/Sound1979 Property

TV Shows/Series with Gus Van Sant as Crew(2)

Production/Executive Producer2017 When We Rise
Directing/Director2017 When We Rise

Additional Information

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Born: Thursday, 07/24 1952 (July) in Louisville (current age: 67 years + 31 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: German (DE), English (EN)
Educated at: Rhode Island School of Design, Catlin Gabel School
Other names for Gus Van Sant (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Gus Van Sant Jr."
Gus Van Sant frequently works together with these people:
Matt Damon (11x, Actor)
Harris Savides (8x, Crew)
Leslie Shatz (7x, Crew)
Felix Andrew (7x, Crew)
Xavier Dolan (6x, Crew)
Kevin Smith (6x, Actor)
Danny Elfman (6x, Crew)
Dany Wolf (6x, Crew)
Rod Pederson (3x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2353, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 08/17/2019