M. Night Shyamalan

Film Director / Film Producer / Writer / Actor / Screenwriter | * 08/06/1970 (53) | Mahé, Puducherry (India)
Manoj Nelliyattu "M. Night" Shyamalan ( SHAH-mə-lahn; born August 6, 1970) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. His films often employ supernatural plots and twist endings. The cumulative gross of his films exceeds $3.3 billion globally. Shyamalan has received various accolades, including nominations for two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe. Shyamalan was born in Mahé, India, and raised in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. His early films include Praying with Anger (1992) and Wide Awake (1998) before his breakthrough film The Sixth Sense (1999), which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He then released Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002) and The Village (2004). Following a string of poorly received films—Lady in the Water (2006), ()
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Manoj Nelliyattu "M. Night" Shyamalan, born August 6, 1970, is an American filmmaker and actor. He is known for making original films with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings. He was born in Mahé, India, and raised in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. The cumulative gross of his films exceeds $3 billion globally.He made his directorial debut in 1992 with his first movie Praying with Anger. His second movie was the comedy-drama film Wide Awake (1998). His most well-received films include the supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense (1999), the superhero thriller Unbreakable (2000), and the science fiction thriller Signs (2002). For The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Afterward, Shyamalan released a series of poorly received but sometimes financially successful movies, including the period-piece thriller The Village (2004), the dark fantasy Lady in the Water (2006), the eco-thriller The Happening (2008), The Last Airbender (2010) (an adaptation based on the first season of the Nickelodeon animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender), and the science fiction film After Earth (2013). Following the financial failure of After Earth, Shyamalan's career was revived with the release of the found-footage horror film The Visit (2015), the psychological thriller Split (2016), and the superhero thriller Glass (2019). With a total budget of $34 million between them, these three films earned a combined box office of $625 million. Glass is the third and final chapter of his Unbreakable film series, which commenced in 2000.In addition to his directorial work, Shyamalan was a story creator and a producer for the horror film Devil (2010). Shyamalan was also called in for an uncredited rewrite for the teen film She's All That (1999) and also served as a writer for the film Stuart Little (1999). He is also one of the executive producers and occasional director of Wayward Pines and the critically acclaimed series Servant.Shyamalan is also known for filming and setting his films in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Most of his commercially successful films were co-produced and released by Walt Disney Studios' Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures and Universal imprints. In 2008, Shyamalan was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India.

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

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Awards & Nominations for M. Night Shyamalan

Padma Shri in Arts Sitges Grand Honorary Award Great Immigrants Award Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
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Movies with M. Night Shyamalan as Actor(30)

as Infomercial Host2023 Knock at the Cabin
as Hotel Van Driver2021 Old
as Jai2019 Glass
as himself2017 The Making of 'Split'
as Jai, Hooters Lover2017 Split
as Firebender at Earth Prison Camp2010 The Last Airbender
as Joey (voice)2008 The Happening
as himself2007 In the Mood for Doyle
as Vick Ran2006 Lady in the Water
as himself2004 Hitchcock and Dial M
as Guard at Desk2004 The Village
as himself2003 Making 'Signs'
as Ray Reddy2002 Signs
as Jai2000 Unbreakable
as Dr. Hill1999 The Sixth Sense
as Dev Raman1992 Praying with Anger

TV Shows/Series with M. Night Shyamalan as Actor(9)

as Delivery Man2019 Servant
as himself2016 This Is Us
as himself2007 The Graham Norton Show
as Self - Guest2007 The Graham Norton Show
as himself1997 The View
as himself1996 The Daily Show

Movies with M. Night Shyamalan as Crew(56)

Production/Producer2024 Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Project
Production/Producer2024 The Watchers
Directing/Director2024 Trap
Writing/Writer2024 Trap
Directing/Director2023 Knock at the Cabin
Production/Producer2023 Knock at the Cabin
Writing/Screenplay2023 Knock at the Cabin
Production/Producer2023 Caddo
Directing/Director2021 Old
Production/Producer2021 Old
Writing/Writer2021 Old
Directing/Director2019 Glass
Production/Producer2019 Glass
Writing/Screenplay2019 Glass
Directing/Director2017 Split
Production/Producer2017 Split
Writing/Writer2017 Split
Directing/Director2015 The Visit
Production/Producer2015 The Visit
Writing/Writer2015 The Visit
Directing/Director2013 After Earth
Production/Executive Producer2013 After Earth
Writing/Screenplay2013 After Earth
Production/Producer2010 Devil
Writing/Story2010 Devil
Directing/Director2010 The Last Airbender
Production/Producer2010 The Last Airbender
Writing/Writer2010 The Last Airbender
Directing/Director2008 The Happening
Production/Producer2008 The Happening
Writing/Screenplay2008 The Happening
Directing/Director2006 Lady in the Water
Production/Producer2006 Lady in the Water
Writing/Screenplay2006 Lady in the Water
Crew/Thanks2004 Hitchcock and Dial M
Crew/Executive Music Producer2004 The Village
Directing/Director2004 The Village
Production/Producer2004 The Village
Writing/Writer2004 The Village
Crew/Thanks2003 Making 'Signs'
Directing/Director2002 Signs
Production/Producer2002 Signs
Writing/Writer2002 Signs
Directing/Director2000 Unbreakable
Production/Producer2000 Unbreakable
Writing/Writer2000 Unbreakable
Writing/Screenplay1999 Stuart Little
Directing/Director1999 The Sixth Sense
Writing/Writer1999 The Sixth Sense
Directing/Director1998 Wide Awake
Writing/Writer1998 Wide Awake
Directing/Director1992 Praying with Anger
Production/Producer1992 Praying with Anger
Writing/Writer1992 Praying with Anger

TV Shows/Series with M. Night Shyamalan as Crew(4)

Production/Executive Producer2019 Servant
Directing/Director2019 Servant
Production/Executive Producer2015 Wayward Pines
Directing/Director2015 Wayward Pines

Additional Information

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Born: Thursday, 08/06 1970 (August) in Mahé, Puducherry (India) (current age: 53 years + 293 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Episcopal Academy
Member of: Writers Guild of America, East
Children: Ishana Shyamalan
Other names for M. Night Shyamalan (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"М. Найт Шьямалан"
"เอ็ม. ไนท์ ชยามาลาน"
"M. 나이트 샤말란"
"إم. نايت شيامالان"
"മനോജ് നെല്ലിയാട്ട് ശ്യാമളന്‍"
"Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan"
M. Night Shyamalan frequently works together with these people:
Laurent Bouzereau (17x, Crew)
Sam Mercer (16x, Crew)
John Rusk (15x, Crew)
Brick Mason (14x, Crew)
Douglas Aibel (13x, Crew)
Jose L. Rodriguez (11x, Actor)
Isabella Rose Landau (11x, Actress)
Kyle Rudolph (10x, Crew)
Ashwin Rajan (10x, Crew)
Jeff Habberstad (8x, Crew)
Marc Bienstock (8x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1016, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 05/22/2024