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 1,666,257 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia. David Lean is the 84th most popular film director (up from 93rd in 2019), the 423rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 464th in 2019) and the 6th most popular British 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 84 out of 1,580Before him are Costa-Gavras, Richard Attenborough, Dziga Vertov, William Hanna, Jean-Jacques Annaud, and Sergei Parajanov. After him are David Cronenberg, Joel Schumacher, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Jim Jarmusch, Oliver Stone, and John Huston.

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Among people born in 1908, David Lean ranks 24Before him are Edward Teller, Simon Wiesenthal, Mika Waltari, Anna Magnani, John Bardeen, and Amon Göth. After him are Nelson Rockefeller, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Ilya Frank, Franz Stangl, Manoel de Oliveira, and Hannes Alfvén. Among people deceased in 1991, David Lean ranks 23Before him are Frank Capra, John Bardeen, Michael Landon, Lazar Kaganovich, Margot Fonteyn, and Martha Graham. After him are Marcel Lefebvre, Max Frisch, Oona O'Neill, Rajiv Gandhi, Henri Lefebvre, and Ragnar Granit.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Lean ranks 423 out of 6,924Before him are Jackie Stewart (1939), James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell (1534), Fred Hoyle (1915), Saint Boniface (680), Raymond Cattell (1905), and Colin Firth (1960). After him are Robert Plant (1948), Mary Mallon (1869), Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), Olivia Newton-John (1948), Jim Clark (1936), and Samuel Butler (1835).

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), Alan Parker (1944), and Richard Attenborough (1923). After him are Peter Brook (1925), Christopher Nolan (1970), Tony Scott (1944), Peter Greenaway (1942), Guy Ritchie (1968), and Danny Boyle (1956).