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Wes Craven Biography

Birth Name:
Wesley Earl Craven
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Director, producer, screenwriter, author

Fast Facts

  • His parents were strict Baptists and he was not allowed to watch horror movies as a kid
  • While in college, he suffered a viral infection of the spine that temporarily paralyzed him from the chest down
  • After grad school, he became a college professor and later taught at a high school
  • Had aspirations to be an author; changed career paths after he saw the 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead
  • Got his start in the movie industry in 1969 as a messenger; later worked at a post-production company as a sound editor
  • Released his debut novel, The Fountain Society, in 1999
  • Directed his first non-horror movie, Music of the Heart, in 1999
  • Was an avid nature and bird lover, and joined the Audubon California Board of Directors in 2010