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John Waters

Film Director / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Actor / Journalist / Cinematographer / Photographer | * 04/22/1946 (76) | Baltimore, Maryland (United States of America (USA))
John Samuel Waters Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist. He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films, including Multiple Maniacs (1970), Pink Flamingos (1972), and Female Trouble (1974). He wrote and directed the comedy film Hairspray (1988), which was an international success and was adapted into a hit Broadway musical. He has written and directed other films, including Polyester (1981), Cry-Baby (1990), Serial Mom (1994), Pecker (1998), and Cecil B. Demented (2000). His films contain elements of post-modern comedy and s... ()
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Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns. As his filmmaking grew more polished and his subject matter more shocking, his audiences grew bigger, and his write-ups in the Baltimore papers more outraged. By the early 1970s he was making features, which he managed to get shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas by sheer perseverance. Success came whenPink Flamingos(1972) - a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste - took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actorDivine's infamous dog-crap eating scene. Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came withHairspray(1988), and although his movies nowadays might now appear cleaned up and professional, they retain Waters' playfulness, and reflect his lifelong obsessions.

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

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Awards & Nominations for John Waters

Officer of Arts and Letters Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

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Movies with John Waters as Actor(97)

as himself2021 The Velvet Underground
as himself2019 At the Video Store
as Sir Butler2018 Mugworth
as himself2018 Sickies Making Films
as himself2017 Mansfield 66/67
as First Class Passenger2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
as Cornelius2014 Suburban Gothic
as himself2013 Jingle Bell Rocks!
as himself2013 I Am Divine
as himself2012 Mansome
as William2012 Excision
as Self - Director2012 Frankenstein: A Modern Myth
as himself2011 Blank City
2011 Mangus!
as himself2011 These Amazing Shadows
as himself2010 Beautiful Darling
as himself2009 It Came from Kuchar
as Narrator (Voice)2007 There's a Hippo in my House
as himself2007 Jackass 2.5
as Flasher2007 Hairspray
as Movie Watcher2007 Each Time I Kill
as himself2006 This Filthy World
as Self - Director of 'A Dirty Shame'2006 This Film Is Not Yet Rated
as himself2006 Jackass Number Two
as himself2006 That Man: Peter Berlin
as himself2005 Inside Deep Throat
as Pete Peters2004 Seed of Chucky
as himself2004 Thinking XXX
as himself2003 A History of Sex
as himself2003 Abby Singer
as The Reverend2002 Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat
as himself2002 The Cockettes
as himself2001 Memories of Oz
as Reporter2000 Cecil B. Demented
as himself2000 In Bad Taste
as Mr. Haynes1999 Sweet and Lowdown
as himself1999 Forever Hollywood
as himself1998 Divine Trash
as Pervert on Phone (voice)1998 Pecker
as himself1998 Welcome to Hollywood
as himself1997 Anthem
as Ted Bundy (voice)1994 Serial Mom
as Robber #11989 Homer and Eddie
as Dr. Fredrickson1988 Hairspray
as Used Car Guy1986 Something Wild
as himself1985 Divine Waters
as himself1976 Edith's Shopping Bag
as himself1975 Love Letter to Edie
as Narrator1972 Pink Flamingos
as Mr. J (voice) (uncredited)1972 Pink Flamingos
as Reporter (voice) (uncredited)1969 Mondo Trasho

TV Shows/Series with John Waters as Actor(24)

2021 Pride
as Self - Narrator2018 Explained
as Himself (archive footage)2016 re:View
as himself2013 The Blacklist
as himself2012 Finding Your Roots
as himself2007 Indie Sex
as himself2007 The Graham Norton Show
as Pornmonger Man1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
as Self - Guest1998 So Graham Norton
as Roger (voice)1993 Frasier
as John (voice)1989 The Simpsons
as Mr. Bean1987 21 Jump Street
as himself1975 Saturday Night Live

Movies with John Waters as Crew(73)

Directing/Director2021 Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head
Production/Associate Producer2016 Hairspray Live!
Directing/Director2015 Kiddie Flamingos
Writing/Writer2015 Kiddie Flamingos
Crew/Thanks2007 An American Crime
Writing/Screenplay2007 Hairspray
Writing/Original Film Writer2007 Hairspray
Writing/Screenplay2006 This Filthy World
Directing/Director2004 A Dirty Shame
Writing/Screenplay2004 A Dirty Shame
Directing/Director2000 Cecil B. Demented
Writing/Screenplay2000 Cecil B. Demented
Directing/Director1998 Pecker
Writing/Screenplay1998 Pecker
Directing/Director1994 Serial Mom
Writing/Writer1994 Serial Mom
Directing/Director1990 Cry-Baby
Writing/Writer1990 Cry-Baby
Directing/Director1988 Hairspray
Production/Co-Producer1988 Hairspray
Writing/Screenplay1988 Hairspray
Directing/Director1981 Polyester
Production/Producer1981 Polyester
Writing/Screenplay1981 Polyester
Crew/Series Writer1977 Desperate Living
Crew/Cinematography1977 Desperate Living
Directing/Director1977 Desperate Living
Production/Producer1977 Desperate Living
Writing/Screenplay1977 Desperate Living
Camera/Director of Photography1974 Female Trouble
Directing/Director1974 Female Trouble
Editing/Editor1974 Female Trouble
Production/Producer1974 Female Trouble
Writing/Screenplay1974 Female Trouble
Camera/Director of Photography1972 Pink Flamingos
Directing/Director1972 Pink Flamingos
Editing/Editor1972 Pink Flamingos
Production/Producer1972 Pink Flamingos
Writing/Screenplay1972 Pink Flamingos
Writing/Writer1972 Pink Flamingos
Camera/Director of Photography1970 The Diane Linkletter Story
Directing/Director1970 The Diane Linkletter Story
Editing/Editor1970 The Diane Linkletter Story
Production/Producer1970 The Diane Linkletter Story
Writing/Writer1970 The Diane Linkletter Story
Camera/Director of Photography1970 Multiple Maniacs
Directing/Director1970 Multiple Maniacs
Editing/Editor1970 Multiple Maniacs
Production/Producer1970 Multiple Maniacs
Writing/Writer1970 Multiple Maniacs
Camera/Director of Photography1969 Mondo Trasho
Directing/Director1969 Mondo Trasho
Editing/Editor1969 Mondo Trasho
Production/Producer1969 Mondo Trasho
Writing/Writer1969 Mondo Trasho
Camera/Director of Photography1968 Eat Your Makeup
Directing/Director1968 Eat Your Makeup
Editing/Editor1968 Eat Your Makeup
Production/Producer1968 Eat Your Makeup
Writing/Writer1968 Eat Your Makeup
Camera/Director of Photography1967 Roman Candles
Directing/Director1967 Roman Candles
Editing/Editor1967 Roman Candles
Production/Producer1967 Roman Candles
Writing/Writer1967 Roman Candles
Camera/Director of Photography1964 Hag in a Black Leather Jacket
Directing/Director1964 Hag in a Black Leather Jacket
Production/Producer1964 Hag in a Black Leather Jacket

Full Name: John Samuel Waters
Born: Monday, 04/22 1946 (April) in Baltimore, Maryland (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 76 years + 66 days)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Calvert School, Calvert Hall College High School, Boys' Latin School of Maryland, New York University
Represented by: Marianne Boesky Gallery
Father: John Samuel Waters
Mother: Patricia Ann Whitaker
Other names for John Waters (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"John S. Waters"
"John Samuel Waters Jr."
"John Waters (Regisseur)"
John Waters frequently works together with these people:
Vincent Peranio (41x, Crew)
Andy Samberg (31x, Actor)
Mink Stole (29x, Actress)
Fred Armisen (27x, Actor)
Bill Hader (26x, Actor)
Mary Vivian Pearce (26x, Actress)
Divine (22x, Actor)
Kristen Wiig (21x, Actress)
David Lochary (21x, Actor)
Pat Moran (21x, Crew)
Tress MacNeille (20x, Actress)
Van Smith (19x, Crew)

Other people with this name: John Waters (US), John Waters (AU/GB)

WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:33765, Added: 05/13/2018, Last updated: 05/30/2022