Aug. 2nd, 1939
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Wes Craven's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Diary of the Dead
2006 - Paris, je t'aime
2005 - Inside Deep Throat
2004 - The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
2001 - Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
2000 - Scream 3
1997 - Scream 2
1996 - Scream
1994 - New Nightmare
1989 - Shocker
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Judge
Caged Man #1 (segment "Children's Zoo")
Wes was born in Cleveland in 1939 and raised in a Baptist family. After an unhappy childhood, he left Cleveland to study for a degree in English Literature, at Wheaton College, Illinois. But after illness, he left the school for one year before returning to study psychology. In 1963, he took a degree in writing and psychology and in 1964 he took a Masters from J. Hopkins University. While he was a humanities college teacher, Wes married Bonnie Broecker, mother of both his children, Jonathan and Jessica. But after few years, they separated, and the children stayed with Bonnie.
Wes left his job as a teacher, and after employment as taxi driver, he became a sound editor for a post-production company in New York. And after the co-direction of Together (1971) with Sean S. Cunningham, Wes made the horror movie The Last House on the Left (1972). The movie, released in August 1972, was a big success as was his second movie, The Hills Have Eyes (1977), winning the critic's prize at the Sitges Film Festival.
Wes has gone onto win many more awards, including one for the best movie at the Avoriaz Film Festival for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). In 1999 he directed Music of the Heart (1999), a change of direction from the horror genre for which he is known.
- Directed a documentary about former president 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv). Craven and the film crew followed Clinton for three hours into the White House a few days before his departure. (January 2001)
- Former son-in-law, composer 'Michael Maccini' (qv).
- He nearly turned down the option to direct the hit _Scream (1996/I)_ (qv) because the first scene with 'Drew Barrymore (I)' (qv) reminded him too vividly the climax sequence of _The Last House on the Left (1972)_ (qv), his first film.
- He was the disc jockey for the campus radio station at Clarkson College, where he was a humanities professor.
- "The" Elm Street is located in Potsdam, NY (a small town just south of the Canadian border). Craven was a Humanities Professor at Clarkson College, also in Potsdam.
- When actor-producer 'Robert Evans (I)' (qv) suffered a stroke May 6, 1998, Craven was having a drink with him in Evans' screening room when he collapsed in front of him. Evans later quipped, "I really scared the shit out of the king of horror."
- His father died when he was 4-years-old.
- Rumoured to have named his onscreen horror creation Freddy Kruger for a boy who used to bully him in high school.
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