80 (passed away Apr. 29th, 1980)
Aug. 13th, 1899
Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Alfred Hitchcock's Main TV Roles
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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.
- According to many people who knew Hitchcock, he couldn't stand to even look at his wife, 'Alma Reville' (qv), while she was pregnant.
- On August 2nd, 1968, he visited Finland to look filming locations for his next film, "The Short Night". Of course, the film was never made. In the airport, he was interviewed by Finnish reporters. He was asked why his films were so popular. His answer was: "Everybody likes to be scared".
- He allegedly refused the British honour of C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 1962.
- Was at his heaviest in the late 1930s, when he weighed over 300 pounds. Although always overweight, he dieted and lost a considerable amount of weight in the early 1950s, with pictures from sets like _To Catch a Thief (1955)_ (qv) showing a surprisingly thin Hitchcock. His weight continued to fluctuate throughout his life.
- 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.
- 'Walt Disney' (qv) refused to allow him to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because Hitchcock had made "that disgusting movie _Psycho (1960)_ (qv)".
- In the New Year's Honour's list of 1980 (only a few months before his death), he was named an Honorary (as he was a U.S. citizen) Knight Commander of the British Empire.
- Is the "voice" of the "Jaws" ride at Universal Studios.