David Lean

1908 - 1991

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Sir David Lean (25 March 1908 – 16 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Widely considered one of the most influential directors of all time, Lean directed the large-scale epics The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Lean has received more than 1,868,605 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). David Lean is the 81st most popular film director (up from 84th in 2019), the 412th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 423rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Film Director.

David Lean is most famous for his films such as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, and Doctor Zhivago.

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Among film directors, David Lean ranks 81 out of 1,581Before him are Costa-Gavras, Robert Bresson, Dziga Vertov, Ernst Lubitsch, Dario Argento, and Alan Parker. After him are Sergei Parajanov, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Alain Resnais, Zhang Yimou, Carlos Saura, and Satyajit Ray.

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Among people born in 1908, David Lean ranks 25Before him are Anna Magnani, John Bardeen, Edward Teller, Mika Waltari, Amon Göth, and David Oistrakh. After him are Nelson Rockefeller, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Joseph McCarthy, Franz Stangl, Carole Lombard, and Manoel de Oliveira. Among people deceased in 1991, David Lean ranks 21Before him are Gustáv Husák, John Bardeen, Soichiro Honda, Lazar Kaganovich, Frank Capra, and Margot Fonteyn. After him are Marcel Lefebvre, Michael Landon, Martha Graham, Rajiv Gandhi, Max Frisch, and Ragnar Granit.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Lean ranks 412 out of 7,765Before him are Thomas Gainsborough (1727), Thomas Carlyle (1795), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), William Baffin (1584), Richard Wright (1943), and Alan Parker (1944). After him are James Parkinson (1755), Christopher Wren (1632), Edgar the Peaceful (943), Richard Branson (1950), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767), and Joan Clarke (1917).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United Kingdom

Among film directors born in United Kingdom, David Lean ranks 6Before him are Alfred Hitchcock (1899), Ridley Scott (1937), Ken Loach (1936), Richard Attenborough (1923), and Alan Parker (1944). After him are Christopher Nolan (1970), Tony Scott (1944), Peter Brook (1925), Peter Greenaway (1942), Guy Ritchie (1968), and Danny Boyle (1956).