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M. Night Shyamalan Biography

Birth Name:
Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan
Birth Place:
Pondicherry, India
Director, writer, actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • His father is a retired cardiologist, his mother is a retired obstetrician, and his wife is a psychologist
  • Nine other members of his family are M
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  • Was given a Super-8 camera as a child and began making films at age 10; by age 16 had completed over 45 short films
  • Raised Hindu, but attended Catholic and Episcopal schools before going to NYU
  • Films are shot in or around and take place in his hometown of Philadelphia
  • Often appears in cameo performances in his films
  • Adopted the middle name "Night" while in college


  • 2000BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2000BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2000Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1999Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1999Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1999Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated


  • Ishana Shyamalan -- Daughter
  • Saleka Shyamalan -- Daughter
  • Nelliate C. Shyamalan -- Father
  • Jayalakshmi Shyamalan -- Mother
  • Veena Loftus -- Sister
  • Bhavna Vashani -- Wife