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Joel Schumacher Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Director, screenwriter, producer, costume designer

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a design and display artist for the Henri Bendel clothing store in New York while attending college
  • Opened his own boutique, Paraphernalia, in the 1960s
  • Broke into the film industry as a costume designer; later wrote the screenplays for Car Wash and The Wiz, among others
  • Made his feature-film directorial debut in 1981 with the Lily Tomlin comedy The Incredible Shrinking Woman
  • Directed music videos such as Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" and INXS's "Devil Inside
  • " In 2008, directed the music video for "World Long Gone" by Scars on Broadway
  • Directed the 2011 film thriller Trespass, featuring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage
  • He had directed Cage in the 2000 crime drama 8MM, and Kidman in the 1995 film Batman Forever


  • Francis Schumacher -- Father
  • Marian Schumacher -- Mother