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 Man Who Knew Too Much
1956 - The Wrong Man
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:
  • His bridling under the heavy hand of producer 'David O. Selznick' (qv) was exemplified by the final scene of _Rebecca (1940)_ (qv). Selznick wanted his director to show smoke coming out of the burning house's chimney forming the letter 'R." Hitch thought the touch lacked any subtlety; instead, he showed flames licking at a pillow embroidered with the letter 'R.'
  • According to many people who knew Hitchcock, he couldn't stand to even look at his wife, 'Alma Reville' (qv), while she was pregnant.
  • For _Psycho (1960)_ (qv), he deferred his standard $250,000 salary in lieu of 60% of the film's net profits. His personal earnings from the film exceeded $15 million. Adjusted for inflation, that amount would now top $150 million in 2006 terms.
  • As a longstanding friend of 'Sidney Bernstein' (qv) (the pair had formed production company Transatlantic Pictures together in the 1940s) Hitch was the first celebrity visitor to the set of long-running UK soap _"Coronation Street" (1960)_ (qv) in the early '60s, during a visit to the Manchester studios of Granada Television which Bernstein co-founded with his brother Cecil.
  • From 1977 until his death, he worked with a succession of writers on a film to be known as "The Short Night". The majority of the writing was done by 'David Freeman (I)' (qv), who published the final screenplay after Hitchcock's death.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ranked #2 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!" [2005]


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