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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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Apr 22, 1946 In Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Scalp Merchant
Latest Project:
Movie 2:22 2017-06-29
Known For
Poster of This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Poster of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Poster of The Simpsons
Poster of Something Wild
Movie The Scalp Merchant 2019
Movie All the Rivers Run Brenton Edwards 2019
Movie TURA! 2019
Movie At the Video Store Himself 2018
Movie Mansfield 66/67 2017-01-29
Series John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You Unknown 2017
Movie 2:22 Bill 2017-06-29
Movie Tab Hunter Confidential Himself 2015-03-15
Movie The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin 2015-09-08
Movie Suburban Gothic Cornelius 2014-07-19
Movie The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies Himself 2013-03-27
Movie Return to Nim's Island 2013-03-15
Movie I Am Divine Himself 2013-03-09
Movie Excision William 2012-09-12
Movie Mansome Himself 2012-05-18
Movie Paul Bowles: The Cage Door Is Always Open 2012-09-25
Movie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Mark Frettlby 2012-10-28
Movie Centre Place 2012-02-14
Movie Mangus! 2011-01-01
Movie Kapyong Narrator 2011-04-28
Movie Blank City Himself 2011-04-06
Movie These Amazing Shadows himself 2011-01-22
Movie The Advocate for Fagdom Himself 2011-11-04
Movie Beautiful Darling Himself 2010-04-02
Series Offspring Unknown 2010-08-22
Movie William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Himself 2010-11-05
Movie Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore 2010-06-01
Movie It Came from Kuchar Himself 2009-01-01
Movie Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press Himself 2008-09-26
Movie The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels The Narrator 2008-10-31
Movie New Line Cinema: The First Generation and the Next Generation 2008-03-05
Movie Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner Himself 2007-02-16
Series 'Til Death Do Us Part 2007-03-19
Movie Jackass 2.5 Himself 2007-12-18
Movie Hairspray Flasher 2007-07-13
Movie Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis Himself 2007-04-11
Movie Each Time I Kill Movie Watcher 2007-03-30
Movie Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Himself 2006-01-01
Movie This Film Is Not Yet Rated Himself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame' 2006-01-26
Movie Jackass Number Two Himself 2006-09-22
Movie The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off & On Broadway Himself 2006-08-01
Movie John Waters: This Filthy World Himself 2006-11-24
Series I Love the '70s: Volume 2 2006-07-10
Movie Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Himself 2006-06-20
Series The Henry Rollins Show Unknown 2006-04-01
Movie Plagues & Pleasures On the Salton Sea Narrator 2006-02-24
Movie That Man: Peter Berlin Himself 2005-01-01
Movie Stealth Black Ops Doctor 2005-07-27
Movie All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' Himself 2005-06-14
Movie Seed of Chucky Pete Peters 2004-11-11
Movie Thinking XXX Himself 2004-10-27
Series Fireflies 2004-02-01
Movie Evil Never Dies Professor Arkin 2003-06-01
Movie A History of Sex Himself 2003-01-14
Movie Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat The Reverend 2002-03-31
Movie In Bad Taste Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Sweet and Lowdown Mr. Haynes 1999-12-03
Movie The Real Macaw Dr. Lance Hagen 1998-09-24
Movie Welcome to Hollywood John Waters 1998-10-01
Series So Graham Norton Unknown 1998-07-03
Movie Divine Trash Himself 1998-01-18
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Ebbtide Michael Suresch 1994-01-01
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Series Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Movie Which Way Home Steve Hannah 1991-01-28
Movie Heaven Tonight Johnny Dysart 1990-11-12
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Homer and Eddie Robber #1 1989-08-17
Movie Boulevard of Broken Dreams Tom Garfield 1988-10-13
Movie Grievous Bodily Harm Morris Martin 1988-10-26
Movie Bushfire Moon Patrick O'Day 1987-12-10
Series 21 Jump Street Unknown 1987-04-12
Movie Passion Flower Leslie Gaitland 1987-03-04
Movie Nancy Wake Henri Fiocca 1987-11-04
Movie Something Wild Used Car Guy 1986-11-07
Movie The Perfectionist Stuart Gunn 1985-12-01
Movie Divine Waters Himself 1985-01-01
Series All the Rivers Run Brenton Edwards 1983-10-04
Movie Attack Force Z Sub Lt. Ted 'Kingo' King 1982-06-10
Movie Breaker Morant Captain Alfred Taylor 1980-05-15
Movie Weekend of Shadows Rabbit 1978-06-28
Movie Summerfield David Abbott 1977-09-30
Movie The Getting of Wisdom Rev. Shepherd 1977-08-25
Movie The Adventures of Eliza Fraser David Bracefell 1976-12-16
Movie End Play Mark Gifford 1976-01-01
Movie Love Letter to Edie Himself 1975-01-01
Series Rush 1974-08-20
Movie Mondo Trasho Reporter (voice) 1969-03-14