80 (passed away Apr. 29th, 1980)
Aug. 13th, 1899
Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Alfred Hitchcock's Main TV Roles
Main Movie 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.
- Told 'François Truffaut' (qv) that although he had made two films prior to _The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)_ (qv), he considered that to be his first real film.
- Grandfather of 'Mary Stone (II)' (qv), 'Tere Carrubba' (qv) and 'Katie Fiala' (qv).
- According to many people who knew Hitchcock, he couldn't stand to even look at his wife, 'Alma Reville' (qv), while she was pregnant.
- 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'était plus" which became _Les diaboliques (1955)_ (qv). The novel they wrote, "From Among the Dead", was shot as _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv).
- 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".
- 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.
- Though he was Oscar-nominated 5 times as Best Director, DGA-nominated 6 times as Best Director, and received 3 nominations from Cannes, he has never won in any of these competitive categories, a fact that surprises fans and film critics to this day.
- Often said that _Shadow of a Doubt (1943)_ (qv) was his favorite film that he had directed.