Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Age
80 (passed away Apr. 29th, 1980)
Birthday
Aug. 13th, 1899
Born in
Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Height
5' 7"

Alfred Hitchcock's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV Show
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour TV Show
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) TV Show
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
 

Main Movie Roles

2006 - Going to Pieces - The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film
1984 - Terror in the Aisles
1976 - Family Plot
1972 - Frenzy
1969 - Topaz
1967 - Mondo Hollywood
1966 - Torn Curtain
1964 - Marnie
1963 - The Birds
1960 - Psycho
1959 - North by Northwest
1958 - Vertigo
1956 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
1956 - The Wrong Man
1955 - To Catch a Thief
1955 - The Trouble with Harry
1954 - Rear Window
1953 - I Confess
1951 - Strangers on a Train
1950 - Stage Fright
1949 - Under Capricorn
1948 - Rope
1947 - The Paradine Case
1946 - Notorious
1945 - Spellbound
1943 - Shadow of a Doubt
1942 - Saboteur
1941 - Suspicion
1941 - Mr. & Mrs. Smith
1940 - Rebecca
1940 - Foreign Correspondent
1938 - The Lady Vanishes
1937 - Young and Innocent
1936 - Sabotage
1935 - The 39 Steps
1934 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
1930 - Murder!
1929 - Blackmail
1928 - Easy Virtue

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself
1
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BIOGRAPHY:

Alfred Hitchcock was the son of East End greengrocer William Hitchcock and his wife Emma. Raised as a strict Catholic and attending Saint Ignatius College, a school run by Jesuits, Hitch had very much of a regular upbringing. His first job outside of the family business was in 1915 as an estimator for the Henley Telegraph and Cable Company. His interest in movies began at around this time, frequently visiting the cinema and reading US trade journals.

In 1920, Hitch learned that Lasky were to open a studio in London and managed to secure a job as a title designer. He designed the titles for all the movies made at the studio for the next two years. In 1923, he got his first chance at directing when the director of Always Tell Your Wife (1923) fell ill and Hitch completed the movie. Impressed by his work, studio chiefs gave him his first directing assignment on Number 13 (1922); however, before it could be finished, the studio closed its British operation. Hitch was then hired by Michael Balcon to work as an assistant director for the company later to be known as Gainsborough Pictures. In reality, Hitch did more than this -- working as a writer, title designer and art director. After several films for the company, Hitch was given the chance to direct a British/German co-production called The Pleasure Garden (1925). Hitchcock's career as a director finally began. Hitchcock went on to become the most widely known and influential director in the history of world cinema with a significant body of work produced over 50 years.


TRIVIA:
  • Supported West Ham United Football Club - told colleagues in Hollywood that he subscribed to English newspapers in order to keep track of their results.
  • Directed the pilot episode of the radio series "Suspense" which aired from 1942-1962, and made a brief appearance at the end. It was an adaptation of his 1927 film _The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)_ (qv) and starred 'Herbert Marshall (I)' (qv) and 'Edmund Gwenn' (qv) , who reprised his brother 'Arthur Chesney' (qv) 's role as Mr. Bunting.
  • For _Psycho (1960)_ (qv), he deferred his standard $250,000 salary in lieu of 60% of the film's net profits. His personal earnings from the film exceeded $15 million. Adjusted for inflation, that amount would now top $150 million in 2006 terms.
  • Asked writers 'Pierre Boileau' (qv) and 'Thomas Narcejac' (qv) to write a novel for him after 'Henri-Georges Clouzot' (qv) had been faster in buying the rights for "Celle qui n'Útait plus" which became _Les diaboliques (1955)_ (qv). The novel they wrote, "From Among the Dead", was shot as _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv).
  • He almost never socialized when not shooting films, with most of his evenings spent quietly at home with his wife 'Alma Reville' (qv).
  • He delivered the shortest acceptance speech in Oscar history: while accepting the 'Irving Thalberg' (qv) Memorial Award at the 1967 Oscars, he simply said "Thank you."
  • Grandfather of 'Mary Stone (II)' (qv), 'Tere Carrubba' (qv) and 'Katie Fiala' (qv).
  • Education: St. Ignatius College, London, School of Engineering and Navigation (Studied mechanics, electricity, acoustics and navigation); University of London (Studied art).


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