David Cronenberg Facts

David Cronenberg Facts
David Cronenberg is a Canadian screenwriter, film director, and actor, most famous for being an original creator of the body horror genre. He was born David Paul Cronenberg on March 15th, 1943, in Toronto, Ontario, to Esther Sumberg, a musician, and Milton Cronenberg, an editor and writer. David began writing when he was a child, and had an interest in botany and lepidopterology, which led him to attend the University of Toronto. He switched from the Honors Science program to English and Literature in his first year of school. While in school he developed an interest in film and founded the Toronto Film Co-op with Ivan Reitman and Iain Ewing.
Interesting David Cronenberg Facts:
After creating a few short films and partnering with Ivan Reitman, David Cronenberg had his films financed by the Canadian government in the 1970s including Shivers and Fast Company.
David Cronenberg has said that he was influenced by Vladimir Nabokov and William S. Burroughs.
David Cronenberg was offered the opportunity to direct the film Return of the Jedi. He declined the chance.
David Cronenberg had worked on several drafts for the film Total Recall and was set to be the director. Before filming Paul Verhoeven took over the role of director.
For many of his early years David Cronenberg's main cinematographer was Mark Irwin. When Irwin was hired on to work on the remake of The Blob, he was unable to work on Cronenberg's film Dead Ringer. David hired Peter Suschitzky and worked with him from then on.
David Cronenberg's film Scanners is said to be his most frustrating work as a director as production was rushed. There was no finished script when shooting began and was completed within two months. This meant the film qualified as a tax write-off so David had to write and direct at the same time during the filming.
David Cronenberg was set to direct the film Top Gun but chose to direct the movie The Fly instead. Cronenberg cast Jeff Goldblum in the role, against studio preferences, and then hired Goldblum's girlfriend Geena Davis as well.
David Cronenberg had never filmed anything in the United States until the movie Maps to the Stars.
David Cronenberg partnered with Viggo Mortensen to direct Eastern Promises and A History of Violence, crime thrillers.
David Cronenberg is most well-known for his horror classics including Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), and many more.
David Cronenberg has appeared as an actor in several films including Videodrome, Into the Night, The Fly, Nightbreed, Henry & Verlin, To Die For, The Stupids, Extreme Measures, Last Night, Jason X, Rewind, and several more.
David Cronenberg has also directed TV series, short films, television spots, and commercials.
David Cronenberg worked as a producer on several films including Transfer, Stereo, Crimes of the Future, Dead Ringers, Crash, I'm Losing You. eXistenZ, and Spider.
David has appeared on many of the greatest director lists over his career. He has won many awards and was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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