Robert Zemeckis

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  • Name: Robert Zemeckis ( Robert Lee Zemeckis )
  • Date of birth: 14 may 1952
  • Age: 64 years
  • Place of birth: Chicago
  • Growth: 183
  • Activity: American film Director, screenwriter and producer
  • Marital status: married

    Robert Zemeckis biography

    Robert Zemeckis was born in may 1952 in Illinois. His childhood and youth were spent in the suburbs of Chicago. Parents of the future Hollywood celebrities belonged to the working class. The whole life of the family revolved around a single problem: how to make money and make ends meet.

    Robert, as he later bitterly shared in an interview, «not shining» to jump from your class in some other world. In the house Zemekisa space to literature and art was not. The son was raised in a strict Roman Catholic tradition, supporters of which were the father, a native of Lithuania, and mother, had Italian roots.

    The only outlet and source of inspiration for the young Zemeckis had a TV. He looked at the screen, as if it were a window into another world.

    This turning point in the life of Robert was when he got a little camera of his father. The guy enthusiastically looked through her peephole at the world and filmed everything I saw: family holidays, parents, home gatherings. Soon Robert Zemeckis began making little Amateur films in which he combined different effects.

    Future film Director once saw a picture of «Bonnie and Clyde» and realized that with anything other than cinema, do not bind their future life. The idea to enroll in film school at the parents didn’t like. But the son was firm. He entered the school of cinema, who worked at the University of South Carolina.


    At the University Robert Zemeckis met the future writer Bob Gale. Later this friendship resulted in close cooperation and co-writing scripts.

    At the undergraduate Zemeckis received the Student academic award for his academic painting «Field of honor». This work he showed Steven Spielberg, who was impressed by what he saw. He liked the creativity of novice colleagues, that he took him under his wing. Moreover, the famous Hollywood Director undertook to produce the first draft of Robert Zemeckis. Thus, on the screens out his first draft of «Back to the future» and «Who framed Roger rabbit», the scripts for which were written by Zemeckis and Gale.

    Surprisingly, cooperation with the masters of world cinema Spielberg did not bring Zemeckis very popular.

    A breakthrough in the career of the master occurred in the mid-1980s, when Michael Douglas turned to him with an offer to make his film «romancing the stone». Starring romantic story starred Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Contrary to pessimistic expectations, the project was more than successful. Finally Zemekisa talking about an accomplished film Director. Working on this film, Robert met with Alan Silvestri, the composer, who later wrote the music to all his films.

    After the first resounding success of the elated Director took up shooting adventure pictures Back to the future, where the main roles were played by Michael J. Fox. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The project had such a warm welcome that Zemeckis shot two sequels, which were released in 1989 and 1990. The film received 4 Oscars and huge box office.

    In the 1990s, Robert Zemeckis is the undisputed authority in the world of Hollywood cinema and recognized star. Of projects this period should note the Comedy film «Death to the person» where the main characters played by Meryl Streep, Goldie hawn and Bruce Willis, and the film-drama with elements of Comedy «Forrest Gump» with Tom Hanks in the title role. Drama brought Zemeckis 6 figurines «Oscar», one of which for best Director.

    In the 2000s, a meter develops a revolutionary digital shooting technique, investing in its development, huge amounts of money. So in 1999, Zemeckis has invested $ 5 million in the Center for digital art, which bears his name at southern California University. The opening took place in 2001. The Director is confident that the digital technologies of shooting future.

    In the new century Robert Zemeckis has directed several films using an innovative technique of computer animation, which was called «motion capture». The point is that the camera captures the movements of the actor, using them to animated characters. Debut film, in which Zemeckis clearly demonstrated the new technique was «the Polar Express».

    From the works of the famous Director in recent years the most famous picture of «Outcast», «What lies beneath», «the Crew» and «Walk».

    Personal life

    Once the master of the Hollywood film Academy admitted that obtained in 44 years «Oscar» paid back in 20 years. This meant that for many the formative years of the personal life of Robert Zemeckis was sidelined.

    The first time the famous Director married in the 1980s. His wife was the actress Mary Ellen Trainer, who gave birth to Zemeckis only son Alexander. But the pair briefly lived together. The young Robert had no money, no free time, no life. All selected work, which he gave it 100 percent.

    The second time Robert Zemeckis married in 2001, when he was 49. Wife of the master was the actress Leslie Harter, with whom the Director has finally found marital happiness.


    • Back to the future
    • «Who framed Roger rabbit»
    • «I want to hold your hand»
    • «What lies beneath»
    • «The death of her face»
    • «Forrest Gump»
    • «Beowulf»
    • «A Christmas story»
    • «The crew»
    • «Walk»


    Robert Zemeckis

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