John Waters

Birthday:
04/22/1946
Place of birth:
Baltimore, Maryland, USA:
Biography:
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.

Credits

Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 2: Horror and Sci-Fi (2020)
as Host
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time - Vol. 1: Midnight Madness (2020)
as Host
Obscene Dogma 19 (2019)
as Lars von Queer
Sickies Making Films (2018)
as Self
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution (2017)
as Himself
Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
as Nick Castle
Mansfield 66/67 (2017)
as Himself
In Conversation With Director John Waters, Actress Kathleen Turner and Actress Mink Stole (2016)
as himself
Whatever Happened to Gelitin (2016)
as Himself
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
as First Class Passenger
Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment (2015)
as Self
The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin (2015)
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)
as Himself
Suburban Gothic (2014)
as Cornelius
The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies (2013)
as Himself
I am Divine (2013)
as Himself
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth (2012)
as Self - Director
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012)
as Mark Frettlby
Paul Bowles: The Cage Door Is Always Open (2012)
Excision (2012)
as William
Charles Manson, The Church of Satan, The Universal Order & The Process Church of Final Judgment (2012)
Mansome (2012)
as Himself
Centre Place (2012)
The Advocate for Fagdom (2011)
as Himself
Kapyong (2011)
as Narrator
Blank City (2011)
as Himself
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
as himself
Mangus! (2011)
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)
as Himself
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010)
Beautiful Darling (2010)
as Himself
It Came from Kuchar (2009)
as Himself
The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (2008)
as Narrator
Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press (2008)
as Himself
Starz Inside: In the Gutter (2008)
as Himself
New Line Cinema: The First Generation and the Next Generation (2008)
Coven of the Heathenites (2008)
as Himself
Jackass 2.5 (2007)
as Himself
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
as Himself
There's a Hippo in my House (2007)
as Narrator (Voice)
Hairspray (2007)
as Flasher
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2007)
as Himself
Each Time I Kill (2007)
as Movie Watcher
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner (2007)
as Himself
John Waters: This Filthy World (2006)
as Himself
Jackass Number Two (2006)
as Himself
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off & On Broadway (2006)
as Himself
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2006)
as Himself
Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes (2006)
Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades (2006)
(buz'be bur'kle) n. A Study in Style (2006)
as Himself
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2006)
as Narrator
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
as Himself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame'
That Man: Peter Berlin (2006)
as Himself
I, of the Cyclops (2006)
Meet The Kuchar Brothers (2006)
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)
as Himself
Stealth (2005)
as Black Ops Doctor
All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' (2005)
as Himself
It Came from... Baltimore!! (2005)
as Himself
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
as Himself
Seed of Chucky (2004)
as Pete Peters
Thinking XXX (2004)
as Himself
Abby Singer (2003)
as Himself
A History of Sex (2003)
as Himself
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)
as The Reverend
The Cockettes (2002)
as Himself
The Cockettes (2002)
as Self
Memories of Oz (2001)
as Himself
Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story (2000)
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
as Reporter
In Bad Taste (2000)
as Himself
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
as Mr. Haynes
Forever Hollywood (1999)
as Himself
Welcome to Hollywood (1998)
as John Waters
Pecker (1998)
as Pervert on Phone (voice)
Divine Trash (1998)
as Himself
Anthem (1997)
as Self
Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! (1996)
Serial Mom (1994)
as Ted Bundy (voice)
Growing Up with John Waters (1993)
as Himself
Gastronomic Getaway (1991)
Homer and Eddie (1989)
as Robber #1
Hairspray (1988)
as Dr. Fredrickson
Way USA! (1988)
Something Wild (1986)
as Used Car Guy
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986)
Divine Waters (1985)
as Himself
Edith's Shopping Bag (1976)
as Himself
Love Letter to Edie (1975)
as Himself
Pink Flamingos (1972)
as Narrator
Mondo Trasho (1969)
as Reporter (voice)
Mugworth
as Sir Butler
The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo
as Himself
TURA!
At the Video Store
as Himself
30/30 Vision: Three Decades of Strand Releasing
Director
Obscene Dogma 19
Director
Kiddie Flamingos
Director
Kiddie Flamingos
Writer
An American Crime
Thanks
Hairspray
Screenplay
John Waters: This Filthy World
Screenplay
A Dirty Shame
Director
A Dirty Shame
Screenplay
Cecil B. Demented
Director
Cecil B. Demented
Screenplay
Pecker
Director
Pecker
Screenplay
Serial Mom
Director
Serial Mom
Writer
Cry-Baby
Director
Cry-Baby
Screenplay
Hairspray
Director
Hairspray
Co-Producer
Hairspray
Screenplay
Polyester
Director
Polyester
Producer
Polyester
Screenplay
Desperate Living
Cinematography
Desperate Living
Series Writer
Desperate Living
Director
Desperate Living
Producer
Desperate Living
Screenplay
Female Trouble
Director of Photography
Female Trouble
Director
Female Trouble
Editor
Female Trouble
Producer
Female Trouble
Screenplay
Pink Flamingos
Director of Photography
Pink Flamingos
Director
Pink Flamingos
Editor
Pink Flamingos
Producer
Pink Flamingos
Screenplay
Multiple Maniacs
Director of Photography
Multiple Maniacs
Director
Multiple Maniacs
Editor
Multiple Maniacs
Producer
Multiple Maniacs
Screenplay
The Diane Linkletter Story
Director of Photography
The Diane Linkletter Story
Director
The Diane Linkletter Story
Editor
The Diane Linkletter Story
Producer
The Diane Linkletter Story
Writer
Mondo Trasho
Director of Photography
Mondo Trasho
Director
Mondo Trasho
Editor
Mondo Trasho
Producer
Mondo Trasho
Screenplay
Eat Your Makeup
Director
Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head
Director
Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head
Writer
Roman Candles
Director
Roman Candles
Writer
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket
Director

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