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      Robert Zemeckis

      Robert Zemeckis

      Highest Rated: 100% Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer (2016)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: May 14, 1952

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis created popular fare, frequently using the latest technology, that left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. A native of Chicago, he attended the famed film program at the University of Southern California. He teamed with fellow USC alum Bob Gale for the script for his feature directorial debut, the Beatlesmania comedy, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (1978). His work in college had brought him to the attention of director Steven Spielberg, who took Zemeckis under his wing. Working with Gale again, who would become his frequent partner, he provided the script for Spielberg's World War II comedy, "1941" (1979). He directed another comedy, the Kurt Russell vehicle "Used Cars" (1980), before finding significant commercial success with "Romancing the Stone" (1984), starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. His next effort, "Back to the Future" (1985), moved Zemeckis into the blockbuster territory. The story of a time-traveling teenager played by Michael J. Fox became a phenomenon and spawned a pair of sequels. He blended live action and animation, he created another cultural touchstone with "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988), a film that brought together the characters from both the vaunted Warner Bros. and Disney cartoon canon. After a decade dominated by the "Back to the Future" franchise, Zemeckis managed to hit upon a film that was technologically innovative and had critically appeal. "Forrest Gump" (1994), starring Tom Hanks, went on to claim Oscars for both its director and star. While largely working in film, the director did make occasional forays into television, most notably directing multiple episodes of the popular horror anthology, "Tales From the Crypt" (HBO, 1989-96). He continued to work with some of Hollywood's biggest names, directing Jodie Foster in "Contact" (1997) and Harrison Ford in "What Lies Beneath" (2000). He circled back to reteam with Hanks on "Cast Away" (2000), in addition to the motion-capture holiday film "The Polar Express" (2004). That particular technology became an obsession for the director as he formed the production company ImageMovers and struck a deal with Disney. He used it exclusively for his next two features, "Beowulf" (2007) and "A Christmas Carol" (2009). He moved back into the live action world, albeit with some showy special effects, for "Flight" (2012) starring Denzel Washington. He never stopped going for stunning visuals, which continued with "The Walk" (2015), about Phillipe Petit's high-wire cross of the World Trade Center, and "Allied" (2016) with Brad Pitt. Zemeckis returned to motion-capture, this time mixing it with live action, when he directed Steve Carell in "Welcome to Marwen" (2018), about the victim of a brutal attack who uses a fantasy world to deal with his PTSD.

      Highest rated movies

      Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

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      Robert Zemeckis A CHRISTMAS CAROL, director and producer Robert Zemeckis, 2009. ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures BEOWULF, director Robert Zemeckis, on set, 2007. ©Paramount FORREST GUMP, director Robert Zemeckis, 1994, (c)Paramount Pictures WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, Director Robert Zemeckis, Roger Rabbit, 1988. (c) Buena Vista Pictures A CHRISTMAS CAROL, producer Steve Starkey, director and producer Robert Zemeckis, producer Jack Rapke, 2009. Ph: Alex Berline/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures ALLIED, l-r: Marion Cotillard, Brad Pitt, director Robert Zemeckis on set, 2016. ph: Daniel Smith/©Paramount Pictures WELCOME TO MARWEN, FROM LEFT: DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY C. KIM MILES, DIRECTOR ROBERT ZEMECKIS, ON SET, 2018. PH: ED ARAQUEL/© UNIVERSAL ALLIED, l-r: director Robert Zemeckis, director of photography Don Burgess on set,, 2016. ph: Daniel Smith/©Paramount Pictures FRIGHTENERS, THE, Robert Zemeckis, Michael J. Fox, director Peter Jackson, producer Jamie Selkirk, 1996, (c)Universal Pictures WHAT LIES BENEATH, Robert Zemeckis, 2000. CONTACT, director Robert Zemeckis, Jodie Foster on set, 1997, (c) Warner Brothers CAST AWAY, Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks, 2000 WHAT LIES BENEATH, Robert Zemeckis, 2000, planning a scene. ALLIED, l-r: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, director Robert Zemeckis on set, 2016. ph: Daniel Smith/©Paramount Pictures ALLIED, l-r: director Robert Zemeckis, director of photography Don Burgess on set, 2016. ph: Daniel Smith/©Paramount Pictures FLIGHT, from left: director Robert Zemeckis, Denzel Washington, on set, 2012. ph: Robert Zuckerman/©Paramount Pictures ALLIED, director Robert Zemeckis, 2016. ph: Daniel Smith/©Paramount Pictures CAST AWAY, Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks, 2000 ALLIED, l-r: director Robert Zemeckis, producer Graham King, 2016. ph: Daniel Smith/©Paramount Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      28% 27% Pinocchio Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2022
      74% 67% Finch Executive Producer - 2021
      49% 32% Roald Dahl's The Witches Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2020
      34% 48% Welcome to Marwen Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $10.7M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Women of Marwen Director - 2018
      100% No Score Yet Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer Executive Producer - 2016
      60% 64% Allied Director,
      Producer
      $39.8M 2016
      No Score Yet 47% Back in Time Self - 2015
      83% 77% The Walk Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $10.1M 2015
      93% 55% Bound by Flesh Executive Producer - 2012
      77% 75% Flight Director,
      Producer
      $93.7M 2012
      92% 72% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Unknown (Character) - 2011
      60% 73% Real Steel Executive Producer $85.5M 2011
      37% 40% Mars Needs Moms Producer $21.4M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Milo und Mars IMAX 3D Experience Producer - 2011
      77% 64% Behind the Burly Q Executive Producer $23.9K 2010
      52% 58% Disney's A Christmas Carol Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $137.9M 2009
      71% 50% Beowulf Director,
      Producer
      $82.2M 2007
      8% 49% The Reaping Producer $25.1M 2007
      75% 64% Monster House Executive Producer $73.7M 2006
      60% 74% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Producer $626.3K 2005
      28% 43% House of Wax Producer $32.0M 2005
      56% 64% The Polar Express Director,
      Screenwriter
      $125.9M 2004
      15% 45% Gothika Producer $59.6M 2003
      83% 74% Matchstick Men Executive Producer $36.9M 2003
      15% 37% Ghost Ship Producer $30.1M 2002
      0% 28% Ritual Producer - 2001
      19% 49% Thirteen Ghosts Executive Producer $41.9M 2001
      89% 84% Cast Away Director,
      Producer
      $233.6M 2000
      47% 58% What Lies Beneath Director $155.4M 2000
      31% 42% House on Haunted Hill Producer $40.8M 1999
      68% 78% Contact Director,
      Producer
      $100.9M 1997
      67% 71% The Frighteners Executive Producer $16.5M 1996
      14% 31% Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Writer,
      Executive Producer
      $5.6M 1996
      42% 65% Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight Executive Producer $20.9M 1995
      71% 95% Forrest Gump Director $330.3M 1994
      55% 61% Death Becomes Her Director,
      Producer
      $58.4M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two-Fisted Tales Director - 1992
      80% 78% Back to the Future Part III Director - 1990
      62% 85% Back to the Future Part II Director $116.4M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie Director - 1989
      96% 85% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Director $152.8M 1988
      93% 94% Back to the Future Director,
      Screenwriter
      $247.0K 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie II Director - 1985
      86% 69% Romancing the Stone Director - 1984
      77% 69% Used Cars Director - 1980
      38% 49% 1941 Writer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1979
      90% 75% I Wanna Hold Your Hand Director - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lift Director - 1972

      TV

      Credit
      72% 69% Manifest Executive Producer 2018-2023
      67% 91% Project Blue Book Executive Producer 2019-2020
      42% 56% What/If Executive Producer 2019
      No Score Yet 89% Medal of Honor Executive Producer 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Director 1989 1991 1995
      No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Director 1986