Fast Facts

  • Was an Eagle Scout as a teen.
  • Trained to be a painter.
  • Was accepted into the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies in 1970.
  • Turned down George Lucas' offer to direct Return of the Jedi (1983) in favor of making Dune (1984).
  • In the 1980s, he went to the same Bob's Big Boy restaurant every day for years where he drank a chocolate shake, several cups of coffee and scribbled ideas on napkins.
  • Refused to allow DVDs of his movies to include chapter stops.
  • In 2010 and 2011, he provided the voice of Gus, a bartender, on the animated sitcom The Cleveland Show.
  • Also in 2011, directed a concert film, streamed via computer, featuring Duran Duran. Lead singer Simon Le Bon gushed that he and the rest of the guys in the band were major Lynch fans.
  • Designed a nightclub, Silencio, that opened in Paris in 2011. It was inspired by his 2001 film Mulholland Dr.

Awards

  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, Cannes Film Festival — Best Director: Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1990, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
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  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics: Nominee
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: Nominee
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1981, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Nominee
  • 2000, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1980, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1999, European Film Awards — Screen International Award - Best Non-European Film: Winner
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2006, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 1987, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
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  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Isabella Rossellini — Ex-significant Other
  • Sunny Lynch — Mother
  • Donald Lynch — Father
  • Mary Sweeney — Ex-wife
  • Riley Sweeney Lynch — Son
  • Austin Jack Lynch — Son
  • Mary Fisk — Ex-wife
  • Jennifer Chambers Lynch — Daughter
  • Peggy Reavey — Ex-wife
  • Emily Stofle — Wife

College

  • Attended Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC; attended Boston Museum School, Boston, MA; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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  • Birth Name: David Keith Lynch
  • Birth Place: Missoula, MT
  • Birthday: January 20, 1946, Capricorn
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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