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 'Franšois 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.
- Often said that _Shadow of a Doubt (1943)_ (qv) was his favorite film that he had directed.
- He adopted American citizenship in 1956.
- 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.
- Grandfather of 'Mary Stone (II)' (qv), 'Tere Carrubba' (qv) and 'Katie Fiala' (qv).
- He allegedly refused the British honour of C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 1962.
- Although some of the movie going public knew him, his fame really took off after 1955. That's when _"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955)_ (qv) started. When the show was broadcast in homes week after week it gave him a much bigger exposure in the public eye. He also became quite rich from the show when it was syndicated in the US and overseas.
- 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.