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Fast Facts

  • His parents were strict Baptists and he was not allowed to watch horror movies as a kid.
  • While in college, he suffered a viral infection of the spine that temporarily paralyzed him from the chest down. 
  • After grad school, he became a college professor and later taught at a high school.
  • Had aspirations to be an author; changed career paths after he saw the 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead.   
  • Got his start in the movie industry in 1969 as a messenger; later worked at a post-production company as a sound editor.  
  • His debut movie was 1972's The Last House on the Left.
  • Received an Independent Spirit Award Best Feature nomination in 1995 for Wes Craven's New Nightmare.  
  • Released his debut novel, The Fountain Society, in 1999.
  • Directed his first non-horror movie, Music of the Heart, in 1999.
  • Is an avid nature and bird lover, and joined the Audubon California Board of Directors in 2010.


  • Bonnie Broecker — Ex-wife
  • Caroline Craven — Mother
  • Millicent Craven — Ex-wife
  • Jessica Craven — Daughter
  • Iya Labunka — Wife
  • Paul Craven — Father
  • Jonathan Craven — Son


  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (BA in Psychology and Education, 1963); Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (MA in Philosophy, 1964)


  • Birth Name: Wesley Earl Craven
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
  • Birthday: August 2, 1939, Leo
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Author
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