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John Waters

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns. As his filmmaking grew more polished and his subject matter more shocking, his audiences grew bigger, and his write-ups in the Baltimore papers more outraged. By the early 1970s he was making features, which he managed to get shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas by sheer perseverance. Success came when Pink Flamingos (1972) - a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste - took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actor Divine's infamous dog-crap eating scene. Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray (1988), and although his movies nowadays might now appear cleaned up and professional, they retain Waters' playfulness, and reflect his lifelong obsessions.

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Apr 22, 1946 In Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mondo Trasho 1969-03-14
Latest Project:
Movie At Last 2018-10-20
Known For
Movie At Last Christopher 2018-10-20
Movie Mansfield 66/67 Himself 2017-01-29
Movie 2:22 Bill 2017-06-29
Movie Three Summers 2017-08-12
Movie Whatever Happened to Gelitin Himself 2016-03-10
Movie The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin 2015-09-08
Movie Tab Hunter Confidential Himself 2015-03-15
Movie Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment Self 2015-10-30
Movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip First Class Passenger 2015-12-17
Movie Suburban Gothic Cornelius 2014-07-19
Movie I am Divine Himself 2013-03-09
Movie Return to Nim's Island Booker 2013-03-15
Movie Centre Place 2012-02-14
Movie Mansome Himself 2012-05-18
Movie Excision William 2012-09-12
Movie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Mark Frettlby 2012-10-28
Movie These Amazing Shadows himself 2011-01-22
Movie Mangus! 2011-01-01
Movie Blank City Himself 2011-04-06
Movie The Advocate for Fagdom Himself 2011-11-04
Movie Beautiful Darling Himself 2010-04-02
Movie Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore 2010-06-01
Movie William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Himself 2010-11-05
Movie It Came from Kuchar Himself 2009-01-01
Movie For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism Himself 2009-03-01
Movie Not Quite Hollywood 2008-08-28
Movie New Line Cinema: The First Generation and the Next Generation 2008-03-05
Movie Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press Himself 2008-09-26
Movie The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels Narrator 2008-10-31
Movie Each Time I Kill Movie Watcher 2007-03-30
Movie Here's Looking at You, Boy Himself 2007-02-16
Movie Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis Himself 2007-04-11
Movie Hairspray Flasher 2007-07-13
Movie Jackass 2.5 Himself 2007-12-18
Movie Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story Himself 2007-11-08
Movie Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades 2006-03-21
Movie Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes 2006-03-21
Movie Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Himself 2006-01-01
Movie This Film Is Not Yet Rated Himself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame' 2006-01-26
Movie Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Himself 2006-06-20
Movie (buz'be bur'kle) n. A Study in Style Himself 2006-03-21
Movie Jackass Number Two Himself 2006-09-22
Movie The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off & On Broadway Himself 2006-08-01
Movie Inside Deep Throat Himself 2005-02-11
Movie All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' Himself 2005-06-14
Movie Seed of Chucky Pete Peters 2004-11-11
Movie Thinking XXX Himself 2004-10-27
Movie Evil Never Dies Professor Arkin 2003-06-01
Movie Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat The Reverend 2002-03-31
Movie Cecil B. Demented Reporter 2000-05-17
Movie In Bad Taste Himself 2000-01-01
Movie The Sugar Factory Sam Lejeune 1999-03-04
Movie Sweet and Lowdown Mr. Haynes 1999-12-03
Movie Divine Trash Himself 1998-01-18
Movie The Real Macaw Dr. Lance Hagen 1998-09-24
Movie Welcome to Hollywood John Waters 1998-10-01
Movie Pecker Pervert on Phone (voice) 1998-09-25
Movie Ebbtide Michael Suresch 1994-01-01
Movie Serial Mom Ted Bundy (voice) 1994-04-13
Movie Grievous Bodily Harm Morris Martin 1988-10-26
Movie Captain Johnno Frank 1988-04-17
Movie Hairspray Dr. Fredrickson 1988-02-16
Movie Boulevard of Broken Dreams Tom Garfield 1988-10-13
Movie Passion Flower Leslie Gaitland 1987-03-04
Movie Something Wild Used Car Guy 1986-11-07
Movie The Perfectionist Stuart Gunn 1985-12-01
Series All the Rivers Run Brenton Edwards 1983-10-04
Movie Attack Force Z Ted King 1982-06-01
Movie Breaker Morant Captain Alfred Taylor 1980-06-11
Movie Weekend of Shadows Rabbit 1978-06-28
Movie The Getting of Wisdom Rev. Shepherd 1977-08-25
Movie Summerfield David Abbott 1977-09-30
Movie End Play Mark Gifford 1976-01-01
Movie The Adventures of Eliza Fraser David Bracefell 1976-12-16
Movie Pink Flamingos Narrator 1972-03-12
Movie Mondo Trasho Reporter (voice) (uncredited) 1969-03-14
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