- His mother was once a film critic for the Akron Beacon Journal.
- Played keyboards and sang in a No Wave band called the Del-Byzanteens.
- While doing graduate work at New York University, worked as an assistant to filmmaker Nicholas Ray.
- Submitted his first film, Permanent Vacation, as his thesis film at NYU. They refused to grant him a degree.
- Frequently uses musicians as actors in his films.
- The use of a stationary camera, or "deadpan," is a trademark in his films.
- Owns the negatives for all of his films except Year of the Horse, a concert film he made for Neil Young.
- Refuses to let his films be dubbed for foreign markets; he only allows subtitles.
- Founded a society called "Sons of Lee Marvin" with Tom Waits, John Lurie, Thurston Moore and Nick Cave. Members had to resemble Marvin enough to be rumored to be his sons.
- 1984, Cannes Film Festival — Caméra d'Or: Winner
- 1985, Sundance Film Festival — Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: Winner
- 1990, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 2017, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
- 1989, Cannes Film Festival — Best Artistic Contribution: Winner
- 2018, Bodil Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
- 2001, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
- 2005, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner
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- 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
- 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 1990, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
- 1993, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or - Short Film: Winner
- 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
- Sara Driver — Significant Other
- Tom Jarmusch — Brother
- Ann Jarmusch — Sister
- Betty French Jarmusch — Mother
- Attended Northwestern University, Merrill School of Journalism, Chicago, Illinois, United States; Columbia University, New York, New York, United States (BA in English, 1975); attended New York University, New York, New York, United States