David Cronenberg

1943 - Today

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David Paul Cronenberg (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror genre, with his films exploring visceral bodily transformation, infection, technology, and the intertwining of the psychological with the physical. Cronenberg is best known for exploring these themes through sci-fi horror films such as Shivers (1975), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), and The Fly (1986), though he has also worked in multiple genres throughout his career.Cronenberg's films have polarized critics and audiences alike; he has earned critical acclaim and has sparked controversy for his depictions of gore and violence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Cronenberg has received more than 4,626,578 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). David Cronenberg is the 85th most popular film director (down from 84th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Canada (up from 24th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Film Director.

David Cronenberg is most famous for his horror films, but he has also directed films in other genres.

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Among film directors, David Cronenberg ranks 85 out of 1,580Before him are Richard Attenborough, Dziga Vertov, William Hanna, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Sergei Parajanov, and David Lean. After him are Joel Schumacher, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Jim Jarmusch, Oliver Stone, John Huston, and Fred Zinnemann.

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Among people born in 1943, David Cronenberg ranks 34Before him are Howard Gardner, Horst Köhler, Tarja Halonen, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Carlos Alberto Parreira, and Salvatore Adamo. After him are Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Gianni Rivera, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Masaru Emoto, Mohammad Khatami, and Peter Zumthor.

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Among people born in Canada, David Cronenberg ranks 21 out of 1,130Before him are Margaret Atwood (1939), Glenn Gould (1932), Michael J. Fox (1961), Saul Bellow (1915), Eric Berne (1910), and Celine Dion (1968). After him are Frederick Banting (1891), Gilles Villeneuve (1950), William Shatner (1931), Maud Lewis (1903), Neil Young (1945), and Paul Anka (1941).


Among film directors born in Canada, David Cronenberg ranks 2Before him are James Cameron (1954). After him are Edward Dmytryk (1908), Norman Jewison (1926), Jack L. Warner (1892), Denys Arcand (1941), Denis Villeneuve (1967), Ted Kotcheff (1931), Arthur Hiller (1923), Mark Robson (1913), Paul Haggis (1953), and Roger Spottiswoode (1945).