Robert Rodriguez Facts

Robert Rodriguez Facts
Robert Rodriguez is an American film director, producer, and writer. He was born Robert Anthony Rodriguez, on June 20th, 1968, in San Antonio, Texas, to Rebecca Villegas and Cecilio G. Rodriguez. When Robert was 11 his father bought a VCR and camera, which spawned his interest in film. While in high school Robert was hired to videotape their football games but was fired for his cinematic style. He continues to shoot films while in college. He shot his first films on video and edited on VCRs. In 1991 he made the short film Bedhead, which was recognized by the Black Maria Film Festival for its excellence.
Interesting Robert Rodriguez Facts:
In 1992 Robert Rodriguez raised $7,000 to make his first feature titled El Mariachi. In order to help raise the money he took part in medical testing.
El Mariachi won Robert Rodriguez the Audience Award at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.
Although Columbia Pictures spent several hundred thousand dollars to clean up the film to distribute it - they still marketed it as being made for $7,000.
Robert Rodriguez made the 1995 film Desperado, starring Antonio Banderas, as a sequel to El Mariachi. In 2003 the third film in the El Mariachi series, titled Once Upon a Time in Mexico, was released.
Robert Rodriguez worked with Quentin Tarantino to create From Dusk till Dawn in 1996 - a film about vampires.
In 2001 Robert Rodriquez began his movie franchise Spy Kids.
In 2005 Robert Rodriguez co-directed Sin City based on a comic book series of the same name.
Robert Rodriguez resigned from the Directors Guild of America over differences related to directing credit. In doing so he also had to give up his director's job on John Carter of Mars.
In 2005 Rodriguez released The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, based on a story by his 7-year old son. His son, Racer, received screenplay credit.
Rodriguez released Grindhouse and Planet Terror in 2007.
Rodriguez has included short segments on his DVDs to provide guidance to aspiring filmmakers on how to use inexpensive methods to create profitable films.
Robert Rodriguez was introduced to digital filmmaking by George Lucas and became a strong supporter.
In 2008 Rodriguez was hired to produce a sequel to Predator, titled Predators.
Rodriguez parents are both Mexican - and he is known as one of the most respected Latino filmmakers today.
Robert Rodriguez cousin is Danny Trejo, an actor who has appeared in many films including Rodriguez film Machete in 2010.
Robert Rodriguez and his wife Elizabeth were married for 16 years. They separated in 2006. Together they have five children. Elizabeth continues to produce most of Rodriguez films.
Rodriguez was engaged to Rose McGowan for two years but did not go through with the wedding.
Rodriguez has won several awards for his films including the Cannes Technical Grand Prize, the ShoWest Award (with Quentin Tarantino), the ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films, the Silver Scream Award, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and several others, as well as having received many nominations for awards.

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