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Terrence Malick Biography

Birth Name:
Ottawa, Illinois, Estados Unidos
Birth Place:
Ottawa, Illinois, United States
Director, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Worked on farms and oil wells growing up in Texas and Oklahoma
  • Was a star linebacker on his prep-school football team
  • Did graduate work in philosophy at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship; studied literature at the Sorbonne in Paris
  • Taught philosophy at MIT and worked as a magazine writer (for Life and Newsweek) in the late 1960s
  • Was a member of the AFI Center for Advanced Film Studies' first graduating class
  • Wrote an early draft of Dirty Harry (1971)
  • Financed directorial debut (1973's Badlands) independently, with help from one of his brothers
  • Much of Days of Heaven, the 1978 Oscar winner for cinematography, was filmed between sunset and nightfall because of the rich and fleeting quality of the natural light at that time of day
  • Took a 20-year directing hiatus after Days of Heaven, living in Paris much of the time; his comeback film, 1998's The Thin Red Line, earned seven Oscar nominations (but didn't win any)
  • Hobbies include birdwatching


  • 2012David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2012Bodil Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2012Robert Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2011L.A. Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2011Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or: winner
  • 2011Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2011National Society of Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 2011San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: nominated
  • 2000César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1999Berlin Film Festival-Golden Bear: winner
  • 1998Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1998National Society of Film Critics-Best Director (Runner-up): winner
  • 1998Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1998New York Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 1998Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 1998Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 1979Cannes Film Festival-Best Director: winner
  • 1979Writers Guild Awards-Original Drama: nominated
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1978National Society of Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 1978New York Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner


  • Chris Malick--Brother
  • Larry Malick--Brother
  • Jill Jakes--Ex-wife
  • Michèle Morette--Ex-wife
  • Emil Malick--Father
  • Irene Malick--Mother
  • Alexandra Wallace--Wife