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David Cronenberg

DOB: March 15, 1943

Background: Cronenberg was born and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in literature and cites William S. Burroughs and Valdimir Nabokov as creative influences.

Filmography: After a pair of art house features --"Stereo" (1969) and "Crimes of the Future" (1970) -- he directed several TV movies and shorts and then achieved international success with "Rabid" (1977), famous for its casting of pornographic film star Marilyn Chambers. Afterwards he directed the racing film "Fast Company" (1979) and the sci-fi/horror films "The Brood" (1979), which was partly inspired by the collapse of his first marriage, and "Scanners" (1980). He became well known for dark sci-fi and horror films like "The Dead Zone" (1983), "The Fly" (1986), "Dead Ringers" (1988), and "eXistenZ" (1999), as well as boundary-pushing dramas like "Naked Lunch" (1991) and "Crash" (1996). His most recent films, "A History of Violence" (2005) and "Eastern Promises" (2007) both starred Viggo Mortensen earned both the actor and director widespread critical acclaim. His latest film -- again featuring Mortensen, as well as Michael Fassbender -- is "A Dangerous Method," which explores the birth of psychoanalysis and will be released later this year.

BAFTA Awards: Nomination - Best British Film ("Eastern Promises," 2008)

Cannes Film Festival: Wins - Golden Coach (2006); Special Jury Prize ("Crash," 1996). Nominations - Palme d'Or ("A History of Violence," 2005; "Spider," 2002; "Crash," 1996)

National Society of Film Critics: Wins - Best Director ("A History of Violence," 2006; "Naked Lunch," 1992); Best Screenplay ("Naked Lunch," 1992)

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