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David Lynch

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David Lynch Biography

David Keith Lynch is an American filmmaker and professor at the European Graduate School. Lynch initially intended to become a painter. He attended several art schools before settling at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he began working with film. During this period he produced four short films with grants from the American Film Institute. After several exhibitions at local galleries, Lynch moved to Los Angeles to attend the AFI Center for Advanced Film Studies. He began working on his first feature, Eraserhead with Jack Nance in the lead role. Eraserhead was completed in 1976. Read Full Bio >>

David Lynch Awards

2013 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Won
2007 Chlotrudis Awards Best Director Inland Empire (2006). Nominated
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Shared with: Laura Dern Won
2006 Venice Film Festival Won
2003 Bodil Awards Best American Film Mulholland Dr. (2001). Won

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David Lynch Trivia

  • Had eaten lunch at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles nearly every day for almost eight years in a row.
  • Is an Eagle Scout.
  • His grandfather was Finnish.
  • Shares birthday (20th January) with Federico Fellini.
  • Currently (2002) runs his own personally authorized website, www.davidlynch.com, and has been rumored to appear in the chat area of the site under a more than obvious name.
  • DVD releases of his movies, approved by him, do not have any chapter breaks. This is done because he believes that films are meant to be viewed from beginning to end.
  • He is also an artist working in paint and such dynamic elements as live ants and rotting flesh. He also frequently designs and builds the furniture in his films. These can be seen in the documentary about him, Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997) (TV).
  • Projects he has written but to date has not produced include: "Ronnie Rocket", "Up At The Lake" and "One Saliva Bubble".
  • Producer Dino De Laurentiis offered him the chance to direct "Hand Carved Coffins" based on a Truman Capote work but Lynch turned it down; to date the project has not been produced.
  • His favorite band is Rammstein.
  • Wrote the Gordon Cole character (from "Twin Peaks" (1990)) with himself in mind.
  • After the financial disaster that was Dune (1984), Lynch and Dino De Laurentiis were almost ready to part company but Lynch showed Dino the script for Blue Velvet (1986), which he had been working on for some time, and the two combined talents to make the seminal 1986 classic.
  • After George Lucas saw Eraserhead (1977), he offered Lynch the chance to direct Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) but Lynch turned him down. Lynch felt the film would be more Lucas' vision than his own.
  • Daughter, Director Jennifer Chambers Lynch (b. 1968), with first wife actress Peggy Lynch. Son, Austin Jack Lynch, with second wife Mary Fisk. Son, Riley, with film editor Mary Sweeney.
  • While in college, roomed with Peter Wolf, former lead singer with the J. Geils Band. Lynch kicked him out, however, because he thought Wolf was "too weird."
  • His son, 'Austin Jack Lynch' (qv, appeared in an episode of "Twin Peaks" (1990) as Pierre Tremond, or "The Creamed Corn Kid". His nephew, Jonathan L. Lepell, played Pierre Tremond/Chalfont in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). Julee Cruise, who appears in "Twin Peaks" (1990), is his musical protegee. Lynch writes the lyrics and occasionally plays an instrument on her recordings.
  • He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia
  • Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 621-626 (as David K. Lynch). New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
  • Had his name removed as writer and director on the Director's extended cut of "Dune" which was first screened on television. These were replaced with the names Judas Booth and the name used by many a director who wish to be disassociated with a movie, Alan Smithee.
  • Has cited Luis Bu˝uel, Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick and Roman Polanski as some of his influences.
  • In addition to excluding chapter breaks in his approved DVD releases of his movies, he hasn't recorded an audio commentary in any of his films. This is because he believes that films speak for themselves.
  • Announced at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival that he has been shooting a feature length project on digital video called "Inland Empire" for over a year. He also announced that he was so impressed with digital that he was "giving up" directing on projects on film.
  • He drew and wrote the comic strip, "The Angriest Dog in the World" that ran in the Los Angeles Reader newspaper throughout the 1980s.
  • President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002

David Lynch Photos

  • David Lynch, Emily Stofle

    41st Annual AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks - Arrivals

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    4th Annual David Lynch Foundation Gala - Arrivals

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    3rd Annual "Change Begins Within" Benefit Celebration Presented by the David Lynch Foundation - Arrivals

  • David Lynch and Sissy Spacek

    Sissy Spacek Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 1, 2011

  • David Lynch and Laura Dern

    Bruce Dern, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd Honored with Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2010

  • Dan Aykroyd, David Lynch Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr., Barbara Orbison, T-bone Burnett

    Roy Orbison Honored With a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 29, 2010

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