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      John Waters

      John Waters

      Highest Rated: 100% Multiple Maniacs (1970)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Apr 22, 1946

      Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

      One of the grandfathers of cult cinema, John Waters was best known for directing boundary-pushing independent comedies like "Pink Flamingos" (1972) and the original "Hairspray" (1988). Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946, Waters was always drawn to strangeness in comedy, becoming so obsessed with puppets after seeing the film "Lili" (1953) that he began performing a violent Punch and Judy-style puppet show at the birthday parties of other children. Gifted an 8mm movie camera by his grandmother, Waters made short films throughout his late-teens and early 20s, eventually directing his first feature, "Mondo Trasho" (1969) in 1969. Most of Waters' projects co-starred his longtime friend Glenn Milstead, better known for his drag name Divine, and "Mondo Trasho" was no exception. Waters' next film, "Pink Flamingos," made him a cause celebre in the dark corners of indie cinema, earning him a cult following for his subsequent films "Female Trouble" (1974) and "Desperate Living" (1978), which he would dub his "Trash Trilogy." With his profile raised and his singular aesthetic catching on, Waters gained the backing to make more widely seen movies in the years to come, beginning with "Polyester" (1981), starring former child star Tab Hunter. The musical "Hairspray" (1988) was an even bigger indie hit-and was later remade on an even larger scale as a Broadway musical and subsequent film remake starring John Travolta in the late Divine's role. "Cry-Baby" (1990) gave Waters' the chance to direct a very young Johnny Depp, while "Serial Mom" (1994) had him working with legendary actress Kathleen Turner. By the time Waters directed the shock-worthy comedy "A Dirty Shame" (2004) starring Tracey Ullman, established stars of the moment like Selma Blair and Johnny Knoxville jumped at the chance to work with him. As he aged into his 60s, Waters slowed his filmmaking output, publishing several books including Carsick, a diary of his hitch-hiking trip across America, and embarked on an ongoing series of speaking tours that showcased his increasingly cuddly, almost grandfatherly persona.

      Highest rated movies

      I Am Divine
      Something Wild
      It Came From Kuchar
      Excision
      Divine Trash
      Sweet and Lowdown
      Suburban Gothic
      Seed of Chucky

      Photos

      JACKASS: NUMBER TWO, Wee Man (left), John Waters (right), 2006. ©Paramount Real Time with Bill Maher, from left: John Waters, Heather McGhee, Charles Murray, Bill Maher, 02/21/2003, ©HBOMR The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, John Waters (L), Craig Ferguson (R), ©CBS SERIAL MOM, Sam Waterston, director John Waters, Kathleen Turner on set, 1994, (c)Savoy Pictures SEED OF CHUCKY, John Waters, 2004, (c) Rogue Pictures THIS FILTHY WORLD, John Waters, 2006. ©Red Envelope Entertainment THIS FILTHY WORLD, John Waters, 2006. ©Red Envelope Entertainment SEED OF CHUCKY, John Waters, Redman, 2004, (c) Rogue Pictures SEED OF CHUCKY, John Waters, Chucky, 2004, (c) Rogue Pictures CRY-BABY, Director John Waters, 1990. (c) Universal Pictures GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM, Joy Bell (on ground), Colin Friels (in jacket right), John Waters (in jacket right), 1988, © Fries Entertainment A DIRTY SHAME, John Waters, 2004, (c) Fine Line JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, from left: Mitchell Kezin, John Waters, 2013. ©Oscilloscope Pictures SEED OF CHUCKY, John Waters, 2004, (c) Rogue Pictures CECIL B. DEMENTED, Alicia Witt, director John Waters on set, 2000, (c) Artisan Entertainment SERIAL MOM, John Waters, 1994. (c) Savoy Pictures. THIS FILTHY WORLD, John Waters, 2006. ©Red Envelope Entertainment MULTIPLE MANIACS, director and screenwriter John Waters (front), George Figgs (as Jesus, center), Paul Swift (second from right), 1970. ©Janus Films MANSFIELD 66/67, JOHN WATERS, 2017. © FILMBUFF QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION, JOHN WATERS, 2017. © ALTERED INNOCENCE

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      83% 64% Lynch/Oz Self $60.7K 2022
      72% 78% Living with Chucky Self - 2022
      100% No Score Yet The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo Self - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreamlanders: Little Taffy Unknown (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sickies Making Films Self - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wall Writers Narrator - 2016
      15% 51% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip First Class Passenger (Character) $85.9M 2015
      64% 41% Suburban Gothic Cornelius (Character) - 2014
      94% 44% The Last Impresario Self - 2013
      No Score Yet 43% Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film Unknown (Character) - 2012
      96% 83% I Am Divine Unknown (Character) $63.7K 2012
      86% 61% Excision William (Character) - 2012
      89% 76% It Came From Kuchar Unknown (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels Narrator - 2008
      92% 85% This Filthy World Writer - 2006
      91% 78% Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Self - 2005
      83% 67% Inside Deep Throat Self $653.6K 2005
      96% 86% Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea Narrator - 2004
      54% 51% A Dirty Shame Director,
      Writer
      $1.3M 2004
      34% 42% Seed of Chucky Sleazy Reporter (Character) $17.0M 2004
      No Score Yet 50% Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat The Reverend (Character) - 2002
      52% 67% Cecil B. Demented Director,
      Writer
      $1.3M 2000
      77% 82% Sweet and Lowdown Mr. Haynes (Character) $4.2M 1999
      80% 85% Divine Trash Unknown (Character) $39.8K 1998
      52% 64% Pecker Director,
      Writer
      $2.3M 1998
      63% 72% Serial Mom Director,
      Screenwriter
      $6.8M 1994
      72% 77% Cry Baby Director,
      Screenwriter
      $7.5M 1990
      0% 37% Homer & Eddie Robber No. 1 (Character) - 1989
      98% 80% Hairspray Director,
      Co-Producer
      $6.7M 1988
      91% 69% Something Wild Used car guy (Character) $6.4M 1986
      94% 81% Polyester Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1981
      70% 80% Desperate Living Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      - 1977
      90% 85% Female Trouble Director,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      - 1975
      84% 72% Pink Flamingos Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      $413.8K 1972
      100% 72% Multiple Maniacs Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      $25.0K 1970
      No Score Yet 47% The Diane Linkletter Story Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      - 1970
      43% 53% Mondo Trasho Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      - 1969

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2021
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Floyd (Guest Star) 2020-2021
      No Score Yet 86% Explained Narrator 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2011-2012 2014-2015 2017 2019
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet PBS NewsHour Weekend Guest 2018
      91% 78% The Blacklist Self (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed Judge 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Future-Worm! Manchovy (Guest Voice) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clarence Capt. Tom (Guest Voice) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2010 2014
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2007-2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 'Til Death Do Us Part Unknown (Character) 2007
      82% 88% My Name Is Earl Funeral Director (Guest Star) 2007
      95% 94% Frasier Roger (Guest Voice) 1998
      85% 76% The Simpsons John (Guest Voice) 1997
      91% 90% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1993 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Mr. Bean (Character) 1990