Fast Facts

  • Briefly lived outside of San Francisco in grade school, while the infamous Zodiac Killer murders were occurring.  Later directed the 2007 film Zodiac about the murders.
  • Lived two doors down from George Lucas while growing up, and worked at the director's Industrial Light & Magic visual-effects company for a few years in the early '80s.
  • Directed a controversial commercial for the American Cancer Society that featured a fetus smoking a cigarette.
  • Directed well-known music videos for Madonna ("Vogue"), Paula Abdul ("Cold Hearted"), Aerosmith ("Janie's Got a Gun") and George Michael ("Freedom '90").
  • Made his feature-film directorial debut in 1992 with the sci-fi sequel Alien³.
  • Cast Rooney Mara as the lead in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) after she played a small role in his previous film, The Social Network (2010).

Awards

  • 1994, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2008, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2010, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2011, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Winner
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  • 2011, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2008, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Grammy — Best Music Video: Winner
  • 2015, BAFTA Television Awards — Best International: Nominee
  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2014, BAFTA Television Awards — Best International: Nominee

Relationships

  • Erica — Sister
  • Emily — Sister
  • Cean Chaffin — Significant Other
  • Claire Fincher — Mother
  • Donya Fiorentino — Ex-wife
  • Phelix Imogen Fincher — Daughter
  • Jack Fincher — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: David Andrew Leo Fincher
  • Birth Place: Denver, CO
  • Birthday: August 28, 1962, Virgo
  • Profession: Director, Producer
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