Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

80 (passed away Apr. 29th, 1980)
Aug. 13th, 1899
Born in
Leytonstone, London, England, UK
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

1984 - Terror in the Aisles
1976 - Family Plot
1972 - Frenzy
1969 - Topaz
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
1954 - Dial M For Murder
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
1935 - The 39 Steps
1930 - Murder!
1929 - Blackmail
1928 - Easy Virtue

Guest 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.

  • '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)".
  • Was voted the Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. The same magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Films of all time includes more films directed by Hitchcock than by any other director, with four. On the list were his masterworks _Psycho (1960)_ (qv) (#11), _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv) (#19), _North by Northwest (1959)_ (qv) (#44) and _Notorious (1946)_ (qv) (#66).
  • Directed 8 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), 'Joan Fontaine (I)' (qv), 'Judith Anderson (I)' (qv), 'Albert Bassermann' (qv), 'Michael Chekhov' (qv), 'Claude Rains' (qv), 'Ethel Barrymore' (qv) and 'Janet Leigh' (qv). Fontaine won an Oscar for _Suspicion (1941)_ (qv).
  • Education: St. Ignatius College, London, School of Engineering and Navigation (Studied mechanics, electricity, acoustics and navigation); University of London (Studied art).
  • Often said that _Shadow of a Doubt (1943)_ (qv) was his favorite film that he had directed.
  • As with 'W.C. Fields' (qv) and 'Arthur Godfrey' (qv) before him, he was legendary for gently tweaking his sponsors during the run of his TV show. One typical example runs, "We now interrupt our story for an important announcement. I needn't tell you to whom it will be most important of all."
  • Born only one day before his wife, 'Alma Reville' (qv)
  • As of the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), Hitchcock is the most represented director, with 18 films. Included are his films _Blackmail (1929)_ (qv), _The 39 Steps (1935)_ (qv), _Sabotage (1936)_ (qv), _Rebecca (1940)_ (qv), _Shadow of a Doubt (1943)_ (qv), _Spellbound (1945)_ (qv), _Notorious (1946)_ (qv), _Rope (1948)_ (qv), _Strangers on a Train (1951)_ (qv), _Rear Window (1954)_ (qv), _The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)_ (qv), _The Wrong Man (1956)_ (qv), _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv), _North by Northwest (1959)_ (qv), _Psycho (1960)_ (qv), _The Birds (1963)_ (qv), _Marnie (1964)_ (qv) and _Frenzy (1972)_ (qv).

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