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John Waters

Actor | * 04/22/1946 (73) | Baltimore, Maryland, USA
John Samuel Waters Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. ()

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 when Pink Flamingos (1972) - a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste - took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actor Divine's infamous dog-crap eating scene. Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray (1988), and although his movies nowadays might now appear cleaned up and professional, they retain Waters' playfulness, and reflect his lifelong obsessions.

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

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Movies with John Waters as Actor(70)

as himself2019 At the Video Store
as himself2019 Forever Hollywood
as First Class Passenger2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
as Cornelius2014 Suburban Gothic
as himself2013 I Am Divine
as himself2012 Mansome
as Mark Frettlby2012 The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
as William2012 Excision
as Narrator2011 Kapyong
as himself2011 Blank City
2011 Mangus!
as himself2011 These Amazing Shadows
as himself2010 Beautiful Darling
as himself2009 It Came from Kuchar
as himself2007 Jackass 2.5
as Flasher2007 Hairspray
as Movie Watcher2007 Each Time I Kill
as Himself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame'2006 This Film Is Not Yet Rated
as himself2006 Jackass Number Two
as Black Ops Doctor2005 Stealth
as himself2005 Inside Deep Throat
as himself2005 That Man: Peter Berlin
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 himself2001 Memories of Oz
as himself2000 In Bad Taste
as Mr. Haynes1999 Sweet and Lowdown
as himself1998 Divine Trash
as John Waters1998 Welcome to Hollywood
as Robber #11989 Homer and Eddie
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 Reporter (voice)1969 Mondo Trasho

TV Shows/Series with John Waters as Actor(14)

Movies with John Waters as Crew(52)

Directing/Director2015 Kiddie Flamingos
Writing/Writer2015 Kiddie Flamingos
Crew/Thanks2007 An American Crime
Writing/Screenplay2007 Hairspray
Writing/Screenplay2006 John Waters: 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/Screenplay1990 Cry-Baby
Directing/Director1988 Hairspray
Writing/Screenplay1988 Hairspray
Directing/Director1981 Polyester
Writing/Screenplay1981 Polyester
Production/Producer1981 Polyester
Directing/Director1977 Desperate Living
Crew/Series Writer1977 Desperate Living
Writing/Screenplay1977 Desperate Living
Directing/Director1974 Female Trouble
Writing/Screenplay1974 Female Trouble
Directing/Director1972 Pink Flamingos
Writing/Screenplay1972 Pink Flamingos
Production/Producer1972 Pink Flamingos
Camera/Director of Photography1972 Pink Flamingos
Editing/Editor1972 Pink Flamingos
Editing/Editor1970 Multiple Maniacs
Production/Producer1970 Multiple Maniacs
Writing/Screenplay1970 Multiple Maniacs
Directing/Director1970 Multiple Maniacs
Camera/Director of Photography1970 Multiple Maniacs
Editing/Editor1969 The Diane Linkletter Story
Production/Producer1969 The Diane Linkletter Story
Directing/Director1969 The Diane Linkletter Story
Camera/Director of Photography1969 The Diane Linkletter Story
Writing/Writer1969 The Diane Linkletter Story
Editing/Editor1969 Mondo Trasho
Production/Producer1969 Mondo Trasho
Writing/Screenplay1969 Mondo Trasho
Directing/Director1969 Mondo Trasho
Camera/Director of Photography1969 Mondo Trasho
Directing/Director1968 Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head
Directing/Director1968 Eat Your Makeup
Directing/Director1966 Roman Candles
Writing/Writer1966 Roman Candles
Directing/Director1964 Hag in a Black Leather Jacket
Directing/Assistant Director??? The Mask of Fu Manchu

Additional Information

Full Name: John Waters
Born: Monday, 04/22 1946 (April) in Baltimore (current age: 73 years + 32 days)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: New York University
Represented by: Marianne Boesky Gallery
Other names for John Waters (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"John Samuel Waters"
"John Waters (Regisseur)"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:33765, Added: 05/13/2018, Last updated: 05/11/2019