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Also Known As: Robert Anthony Rodriguez Died:
Born: June 20, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, producer, editor, still photographer, music editor, sound editor, special effects technician, camera operator, cartoonist, medical research subject

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After bursting onto the filmmaking scene with his $7,000 action film, "El Mariachi" (1993), director Robert Rodriguez was second only to friend and frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino in terms of originality and the ability to make the films he wanted. A jack of all trades, Rodriguez frequently directed, photographed, produced, wrote, scored and edited all his films regardless of budget, mostly to the benefit of the film, but sometimes to the detriment of an otherwise collaborative art. Rodriguez followed up "El Mariachi" with "Desperado" (1995) and later rounded out his so-called Mexican Trilogy with "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003). In between, he made the horror-crime thriller "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996) and the sci-fi thriller "The Faculty" (1998), before scoring an international box office hit with "Spy Kids" (2001), which sparked a franchise of sequels over the next decade. Meanwhile, Rodriguez co-directed the well-received "Sin City" (2005) with comic book impresario Frank Miller and directed the "Planet Terror" segment of the exploitation double feature, "Grindhouse" (2007), which also contained Tarantino's "Death Proof" feature. Though he was the center of negative tabloid attention...

After bursting onto the filmmaking scene with his $7,000 action film, "El Mariachi" (1993), director Robert Rodriguez was second only to friend and frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino in terms of originality and the ability to make the films he wanted. A jack of all trades, Rodriguez frequently directed, photographed, produced, wrote, scored and edited all his films regardless of budget, mostly to the benefit of the film, but sometimes to the detriment of an otherwise collaborative art. Rodriguez followed up "El Mariachi" with "Desperado" (1995) and later rounded out his so-called Mexican Trilogy with "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003). In between, he made the horror-crime thriller "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996) and the sci-fi thriller "The Faculty" (1998), before scoring an international box office hit with "Spy Kids" (2001), which sparked a franchise of sequels over the next decade. Meanwhile, Rodriguez co-directed the well-received "Sin City" (2005) with comic book impresario Frank Miller and directed the "Planet Terror" segment of the exploitation double feature, "Grindhouse" (2007), which also contained Tarantino's "Death Proof" feature. Though he was the center of negative tabloid attention in the wake of his split with wife and producing partner of 16 years, Elizabeth Avellán following a dalliance with "Grindhouse" star Rose McGowan, Rodriguez continued to employ his unique brand of economic filmmaking to every project.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Machete (2010)
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  Shorts (2009)
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  Grindhouse (2007)
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  Sin City (2005) Director
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  Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 High Hopes (2006)
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 Champion (2005)
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 Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000) Punk No 2
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 Full-Tilt Boogie (1997) Himself
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 Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter (1998) Interviewee
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 Anatomy of Horror (1995) Interviewee
8.
 Newport Jazz '90 (1990)
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1982:
Began making short films at age 13
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Featured his youngest siblings in "Austin Stories," a video anthology that helped him gain admission to film school
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Made first 16mm short at the University of Texas at Austin
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Created a daily comic strip entitled, "Los Hooligans," which ran for three years in the <i>Daily Texan</i> newspaper
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Directed an eight-minute long short, entitled "Bedhead," starring four of his nine siblings
1991:
Directed first feature, the Spanish language, "El Mariachi"; and wrote and edited the film
1992:
Signed a two-year deal with Columbia Pictures, which also agreed to release "El Mariachi"
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Columbia paid to re-edit "El Mariachi" for a US debut
1993:
"El Mariachi" released by Columbia in Spanish with subtitles; one of the cheapest films ever released by a studio
1994:
Directed TV-movie debut, the remake of "Roadracers," as part of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series; also scripted
1995:
Produced, wrote and directed, "Desperado," a sequel to El Mariachi starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek
1995:
Helmed "The Misbehavers" segment of the anthology film, "Four Rooms"
1996:
Directed the vampire-themed, "From Dusk Till Dawn"; written by and starring Quentin Tarantino
1998:
Directed the teen horror thriller, "The Faculty"; scripted by Kevin Williamson
2001:
Re-teamed with Banderas to direct the family adventure film, Spy Kids"
2002:
Returned to direct "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"
2003:
Again collaborated with Banderas on "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," a sequel to "Desperado"
2003:
Once again directed the third film in the "Spy Kids" series, "Spy Kids 3: Game Over"
2005:
Co-directed (Frank Miller) the film adaptation of "Sin City," based on the comic books and graphic novels created, written, and illustrated by Miller
2005:
Directed "The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D," an advanture film co-scripted by his young son, Racer
2007:
Helmed "Planet Terror," the zombie themed half of the goretastic double feature "Grind House," a collaboration with Quentin Tarantino
2009:
Wrote and directed the adventure film, "Shorts"
2010:
Co-directed, with Ethan Maniquis, the action thriller "Machete"; also shared writing credits with Álvaro Rodríguez
2011:
Returned to direct the fourth installment in the "Spy Kids" series, "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World"
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Education

University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas -
University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas -

Notes

Erroneously called "Richard Rodriguez" in a February 1, 1993 The New York Times article entitled "The Winners and Losers at Sundance".

Rodriguez's short "Bedhead" won numerous film festival prizes including first place at the Atlanta Film and Video Competition, the Marin County Film Festival, the 11th Annual Edison Black Maria Film Festival, the Charlotte Film Festival and the ninth annual 3rd Coast Film Festival. It also won awards at the Melbourne International Film Festival and at the Fine Arts Film and Video Competition.

" ... A key detail somehow got overlooked in most of the press coverage after "El Mariachi" hit theaters in early 1993: The ending of this fairy tale wasn't nearly so happy as most people assumed.

"'El Mariachi' wound up grossing 'only about $1.8 million', producer [Bill] Borden says. 'Now, if you look at it in terms of percentages--the movie only cost $7000, and then Columbia put a couple of hundred thousand into finishing it, bringing it up to 35mm and re-dubbing it so you could release it in big theaters. Well, you know, to invest a couple of hundred thousand dollars into a movie that returned $1.8 million was not such a bad investment. ... But the reality of that investment is it didn't make them any money. Because by the time you put in the cost of (prints and advertising), and flying Robert around for all the publicity trips and all that stuff, it was a break-even proposition.'" --From "Cranking Up the Volume" by Joe Leydon, Los Angeles Times Calendar, November 27, 1994.

The press release for Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series, for which the precocious filmmaker directed an outstanding installment entitled "Roadracers", states that "Rodriguez has also been honored for additional short film and video works and has won several awards for cartooning, including two prestigious Columbia University Awards, one for "Los Hooligans" and one for political cartooning. Rodriguez, who began making films at age 13, is completing studies in communications at the University of Texas at Austin."

"My feeling is, your first impulse is almost always the best one. So you make a decision and you stick with it, instead of trying to make everything perfect. I don't want my movies to be perfect. Perfect is the enemy of creativity. Art should be flawed." --Rodriguez to The New York Times, July 29, 2002

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wife:
Elizabeth Avellan. Producer. Were college sweethearts; resides with Rodriguez in Austin, Texas.

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mother:
Rebecca Rodriguez. Nurse. Catholic.
father:
Cecilio Rodriguez. Sales manager. Catholic; works for a cookware firm.
brother:
David Rodriguez.
sister:
Elizabeth Rodriguez.
sister:
Christina Rodriguez.
sister:
Maricarmen Rodriguez.
sister:
Rebecca Rodriguez.
son:
Rocket Valentino Rodriguez. Born on September 14, 1995.
son:
Racer Maximiliano Rodriguez. Born on April 16, 1997.
son:
Rebel Antonio Rodriguez. Born in January 1999.
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