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Eli Roth Biography

Birth Name:
Eli Raphael Roth
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Director, actor, screenwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • Inspired in part by Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien, he shot more than 50 short films on his Super 8 camera as a child
  • During college, worked as an online sex operator for Penthouse in order to finance his student films
  • Worked as a production assistant on the 1997 Howard Stern biopic Private Parts and as a creator of short films for director David Lynch's Web site
  • His debut feature, 2002's Cabin Fever, about a group of college kids who catch a flesh-eating disease, was inspired by his own experience of contracting an infection that caused the skin to peel off his face
  • Was a curator, along with Roger Corman and John Landis, for the exhibition "Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film" at Seattle's EMP museum
  • Supports PETA and has appeared in a television PSA and print ads for the organization


  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner