Fast Facts

  • Developed a lifelong fear of police when he was a young child and his father sent him to the police station; the police chief locked him in a cell for a few minutes, saying, "This is what we do to naughty boys."
  • Began his movie career in 1919, illustrating title cards for silent films in London.
  • Made a cameo appearance in almost all of his movies, starting with The Lodger in 1927.
  • Directed the first British sound film, the 1929 thriller Blackmail.
  • His wife was a film editor and screenwriter who collaborated with him on many of his movies.
  • Often stated that his favorite of his own films was Shadow of a Doubt (1943).
  • Considered one of the greatest directors of all time, but never won a competitive Oscar; when he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the 1967 Oscars, his acceptance speech was simply, "Thank you."
  • Was granted a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth in 1980, shortly before his death.
  • In 2008, four of his movies were named in AFI's Top 10 Mystery Films of all time: Dial M for Murder (No. 9), North by Northwest (No. 7), Rear Window (No. 3) and Vertigo (No. 1).
  • Appeared on a commemorative U.S. postage stamp in 2009.

Awards

  • 1944, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1957, Emmy — Best Male Personality - Continuing Performance: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1956, Emmy — Best M.C. or Program Host - Male or Female: Nominee
  • 1967, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1940, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1945, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1954, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1958, Golden Globe — Television Achievement: Winner
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1956, Emmy — Best Director-Film Series: Nominee
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series-Under One Hour: Nominee

Relationships

  • Alma Reville — Wife
  • Patricia Hitchcock — Daughter
  • Emma Hitchcock — Mother
  • William Hitchcock — Father

College

  • School of Engineering and Navigation, London, England; University of London, London, England

Details

  • Birth Name: Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
  • Birth Place: Leytonstone, London, England
  • Birthday: August 13, 1899, Leo
  • Died: April 29, 1980
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Writer, Actor
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