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 Wrong Man
1956 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
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:
  • Due to his death in 1980, he never got to see _Psycho II (1983)_ (qv) . It remains unsure as to whether or not he was approached regarding the second movie, or any other "_Psycho (1960)_ (qv) -Expansion" motion picture.
  • He would work closely with screenwriters, giving them a series of scenes that he wanted in the films, thus closely controlling what he considered the most important aspect of the filmmaking process. Although the screenwriter would write the actual dialogue and blocking, many of the scripts for his films were rigidly based on his ideas.
  • Lent his name and character to a series of adolescent books entitled "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators" (circa late 1960s-early 1970s). The premise was that main character and crime-solver Jupiter Jones won the use of Mr. Hitchcock's limousine in a contest. Hitch also wrote forewords to this series of books. After his death, his famous silhouette was taken off the spine of the books, and the forewords (obviously) stopped appearing as well.
  • Appears on a 44 USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring _"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955)_ (qv).
  • 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.
  • 'Alma Reville' (qv) and Hitch had one daughter, 'Patricia Hitchcock' (qv), who appeared in several of his movies: _Stage Fright (1950)_ (qv), _Strangers on a Train (1951)_ (qv) and _Psycho (1960)_ (qv)
  • Once dressed up in drag for a party he threw. Footage of this was in his office, but his office was cleaned out after his death, and it is not known if the footage still exists.
  • Grandfather of 'Mary Stone (II)' (qv), 'Tere Carrubba' (qv) and 'Katie Fiala' (qv).


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