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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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Born:
Apr 22, 1946 In Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
83
First Appeared:
In the movie At the Video Store
Latest Project:
Series All the Rivers Run 2018
Known For
Poster of Offspring
Poster of 'Til Death Do Us Part
Poster of This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography

At the Video Store (2018)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
10 1 votes

All the Rivers Run (2018)

Drama
Series

John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You (2018)

Series
as Unknown

2:22 (2017)

Thriller
Movie
as Bill

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
7.5 6 votes

The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin (2015)

Documentary
Movie

Suburban Gothic (2014)

Horror Comedy
Movie
as Cornelius
5.1 32 votes

Return to Nim's Island (2013)

Family Adventure
Movie
4.9 28 votes

The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies (2013)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
7.3 3 votes

I Am Divine (2013)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
6.4 9 votes

Centre Place (2012)

Movie
6 1 votes

Mansome (2012)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5 34 votes

Paul Bowles: The Cage Door Is Always Open (2012)

Movie
5 1 votes

Excision (2012)

Horror
Movie
as William
5.9 114 votes

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012)

Mystery TV Movie
Movie
as Mark Frettlby
5.3 5 votes

These Amazing Shadows (2011)

Documentary
Movie
as himself
7.6 20 votes

Mangus! (2011)

Comedy
Movie

Blank City (2011)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
6.3 3 votes

Kapyong (2011)

War Documentary TV Movie
Movie
as Narrator

The Advocate for Fagdom (2011)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5 1 votes

Beautiful Darling (2010)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
6 1 votes

Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010)

Documentary Horror
Movie
6.5 5 votes

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5.8 4 votes

Offspring (2010)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.7 5 votes

It Came from Kuchar (2009)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5 1 votes

New Line Cinema: The First Generation and the Next Generation (2008)

Documentary
Movie
10 1 votes

Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press (2008)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself

The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (2008)

Documentary
Movie
as The Narrator
6.5 2 votes

The Graham Norton Show (2007)

Comedy Talk
Series
as Himself
6.4 26 votes

'Til Death Do Us Part (2007)

Mystery Drama
Series

Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner (2007)

Movie
as Himself
6 1 votes

Each Time I Kill (2007)

Movie
as Movie Watcher
5 1 votes

Hairspray (2007)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Flasher
6.3 503 votes

Jackass 2.5 (2007)

Comedy Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5.9 108 votes

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame'
7.3 89 votes

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
6 2 votes

Plagues & Pleasures On the Salton Sea (2006)

Documentary
Movie
as Narrator
8 3 votes

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2006)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
7.4 10 votes

This Filthy World (2006)

Documentary Comedy
Movie
as Himself
7.2 6 votes

The Henry Rollins Show (2006)

Talk Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off & On Broadway (2006)

Documentary Music
Movie
as Himself

I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (2006)

Series

That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
8 1 votes

Stealth (2005)

Action
Movie
as Black Ops Doctor
4.9 255 votes

All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' (2005)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself

Fireflies (2004)

Drama
Series

Thinking XXX (2004)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
4.4 13 votes

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Comedy Drama Horror
Movie
as Pete Peters
4.9 196 votes

A History of Sex (2003)

Movie
as Himself
5.7 3 votes

Evil Never Dies (2003)

Thriller Horror
Movie
as Professor Arkin
4 2 votes

Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)

Horror
Movie
as The Reverend
5.5 8 votes

In Bad Taste (2000)

Movie
as Himself
8 1 votes

Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Mr. Haynes
6.8 77 votes

Divine Trash (1998)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5.7 3 votes

So Graham Norton (1998)

Talk Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.5 1 votes

The Real Macaw (1998)

Family Foreign
Movie
as Dr. Lance Hagen
7 2 votes

E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

Documentary
Series
as Unknown
6.3 3 votes

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)

News Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 76 votes

Frasier (1993)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.7 122 votes

Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)

Mystery Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.3 30 votes

Which Way Home (1991)

Drama
Movie
as Steve Hannah

Heaven Tonight (1990)

Movie
as Johnny Dysart

Homer and Eddie (1989)

Drama Comedy
Movie
as Robber #1
4.8 5 votes

The Simpsons (1989)

Animation Comedy Family
Series
as Unknown
7.2 705 votes

Grievous Bodily Harm (1988)

Mystery Thriller Foreign Crime Drama
Movie
as Morris Martin
5.5 2 votes

Boulevard of Broken Dreams (1988)

Movie
as Tom Garfield
5 1 votes

Passion Flower (1987)

TV Movie Crime Drama
Movie
as Leslie Gaitland

21 Jump Street (1987)

Crime Mystery Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.1 14 votes

Nancy Wake (1987)

Drama War
Movie
as Henri Fiocca

Bushfire Moon (1987)

Movie
as Patrick O'Day

Something Wild (1986)

Action Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Used Car Guy
6.7 58 votes

Divine Waters (1985)

Movie
as Himself

The Perfectionist (1985)

Movie
as Stuart Gunn

All the Rivers Run (1983)

TV Movie Adventure Romance
Movie
as Brenton Edwards
1 2 votes

Breaker Morant (1980)

Drama History War
Movie
as Captain Alfred Taylor
7 26 votes

Weekend of Shadows (1978)

Movie
as Rabbit

The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Drama
Movie
as Rev. Shepherd
6.1 4 votes

Summerfield (1977)

Drama Mystery
Movie
as David Abbott
5.9 6 votes

End Play (1976)

Thriller
Movie
as Mark Gifford

The Adventures of Eliza Fraser (1976)

Adventure Comedy Drama
Movie
as David Bracefell
6 2 votes

Love Letter to Edie (1975)

Movie
7 1 votes

Rush (1974)

Drama
Series

Mondo Trasho (1969)

Movie
as Reporter (voice)
5.7 7 votes