Roger Corman

Roger Corman Brief Biography

Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926) is an American independent filmmaker, producer, entertainment businessman, and actor. He has been called "The Pope of Pop Cinema" and is known as a trailblazer in the world of independent film. Much of Corman's work has an established critical reputation, such as his cycle of low budget cult films adapted from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Admired by members of the French New Wave and Cahiers du cinma, in 1964 Corman was the youngest filmmaker to have a retrospective at the Cinmathque Franaise, as well as the British Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art. He was the co-founder of New World Pictures, a prolific multimedia company that helped to cement Fox as a major American television network, and is a long-time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award "for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers."

Corman mentored and gave a start to many young film directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, and James Cameron, and was highly influential in the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 70s. He also helped to launch the careers of actors like Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Sylvester Stallone, Diane Ladd, and William Shatner.

Roger Corman News

• The Almanac for April 5, the 95th day of 2019
• The Almanac for April 5, the 95th day of 2018
• The Almanac for April 5, the 95th day of 2017
• Filmmaker Roger Corman gives $100,000 to UCLA film students

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