Robert Zemeckis

  • Birth Name: Robert Lee Zemeckis
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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  • Won a Special Jury Award for the 1973 short A Field of Honor at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Second Annual Student Film Awards.
  • Made his feature-film directing debut in 1978 with the Beatles-themed comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
  • Received the Saturn Awards' George Pal Memorial Award in 1994.
  • Made What Lies Beneath (2000) while waiting for Tom Hanks to lose weight in the middle of filming Cast Away; he used the same crew for both movies.
  • Went into business with Disney when they opened ImageMovers Digital in 2007, but Disney closed the studio, which specialized in the director's pioneering motion-capture technology, in 2010 after disappointing box office for Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol (2009).
  • Received the Order of Arts and Letters medal from France in 2016.

Awards

  • 1994, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1988, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1994, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
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  • 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1986, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Rose Zemeckis — Mother
  • Rhys Zemeckis — Son
  • Alphonse Zemeckis — Father
  • Alexander Francis Zemeckis — Son
  • Leslie Zemeckis — Wife
  • Mary Ellen Trainor — Ex-wife
  • Zsa Zsa Rose Zemeckis — Daughter
  • Zane Zemeckis — Son

College

  • Attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, United States; University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in Film, 1973)

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  • Birth Name: Robert Lee Zemeckis
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter