Alfred Hitchcock

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  • Birth Name: Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
  • Birth Place: Leytonstone, London, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/13/1899, Leo
  • Date of Death: 04/29/1980
  • Profession: Director; producer; writer; actor
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Alfred Hitchcock 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. 
  • Alfred Hitchcock Relationships:
  • William Hitchcock - Father
  • Alma Reville - Wife
  • Patricia Hitchcock - Daughter
  • Emma Hitchcock - Mother
  • Alfred Hitchcock Awards:
  • 1960 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1957 Emmy: Best Male Personality - Continuing Performance - Nominee
  • 1956 Emmy: Best Director-Film Series - Nominee
  • 1972 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1944 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1954 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1967 Oscar: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award - Winner
  • 1956 Emmy: Best M.C. or Program Host - Male or Female - Nominee
  • 1959 Emmy: Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series-Under One Hour - Nominee
  • 1958 Golden Globe: Television Achievement - Winner
  • 1940 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1945 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • College:
  • School of Engineering and Navigation, London, England; University of London, London, England

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