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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 5, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hewlett, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, editor, screenwriter, door-to-door cable TV salesman, private investigator

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One of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers of the late 20th century and beyond, Oscar-winning director Errol Morris sought to uncover the truth, or various truths, behind unusual and controversial subjects in such films as "The Thin Blue Line" (1988), "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr." (1999), "The Fog of War" (2003) and "Tabloid" (2010). An avowed fan of film noir, Morris approached his films like a detective might, examining all the evidence, assembling hypotheses, and using decidedly non-documentary approaches like re-enactments, animation and found footage to assemble all the facts for viewers, who were then allowed to draw their own conclusions rather than adhere to Morris' own theories. The results were some of the most visually stunning documentaries ever made and, in the case of "The Thin Blue Line," a groundbreaking, genre-bending effort that resulted in the reversal of a life sentence for murder. Morris' work eventually transformed the way in which documentaries were produced, with re-enactments and his signature interview method, which had subjects directly address the camera becoming the norm for fact-based film and television projects. His passion for the truth...

One of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers of the late 20th century and beyond, Oscar-winning director Errol Morris sought to uncover the truth, or various truths, behind unusual and controversial subjects in such films as "The Thin Blue Line" (1988), "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr." (1999), "The Fog of War" (2003) and "Tabloid" (2010). An avowed fan of film noir, Morris approached his films like a detective might, examining all the evidence, assembling hypotheses, and using decidedly non-documentary approaches like re-enactments, animation and found footage to assemble all the facts for viewers, who were then allowed to draw their own conclusions rather than adhere to Morris' own theories. The results were some of the most visually stunning documentaries ever made and, in the case of "The Thin Blue Line," a groundbreaking, genre-bending effort that resulted in the reversal of a life sentence for murder. Morris' work eventually transformed the way in which documentaries were produced, with re-enactments and his signature interview method, which had subjects directly address the camera becoming the norm for fact-based film and television projects. His passion for the truth behind perceptions made Morris one of the most vital filmmakers in the industry.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Tabloid (2010)
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  Fog of War, The (2003) Director
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  Stairway To Heaven (1997) Director
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  Parrot, The (1994) Director
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 Life Itself (2014)
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 Hotel New York (1984)
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Worked as consultant to Werner Herzog and Volker Schlondorff
1978:
Directed first feature, "Gates of Heaven" a documentary about two California pet cemetaries
1981:
Completed second documentary, "Vernon, Florida" an account of an eccentric American town (aired on PBS in 1983)
1988:
Breakthrough feature, "The Thin Blue Line"; film led to release of its subject, the unjustly imprisoned Randall Dale Adams
1991:
Narrative feature directorial debut, "The Dark Wind"; produced by Robert Redford and released directly on video
1992:
Directed the documentary film, "A Brief History of Time" about the physicist Stephen Hawking
1997:
Profiled four esoteric professionals in "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control"
1999:
Helmed the documentary, "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr." about the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier
2003:
Directed the documentary, "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara"; based on the life of the Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations
2008:
Filmed the documentary "Standard Operating Procedure," which explores the events surrounding the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse
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Education

University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley , California -
The Putney School: Putney , Vermont -
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison , Wisconsin - 1969
Princeton University: Princeton , New Jersey - 1972

Notes

Awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

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wife:
Julia Sheehan.

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son:
Hamilton Morris.

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