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Also Known As: Wachowski Siblings, Andrew Wachowski, Wachowski Starship Died:
Born: December 29, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, comic book writer, producer, carpenter, house painter

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The younger half of the writing-directing-producing team formerly known as The Wachowski Brothers, Andy Wachowski emerged alongside brother Larry - later to have sexual reassignment surgery and be rechristened Lana - from the comic book world to direct "The Matrix" (1999), one of the most successful and influential film franchises of all time. Prior to "The Matrix," The Wachowskis entered Hollywood by way of writing "Assassins" (1995) for Richard Donner before directing their steamy neo-noir, "Bound" (1995). That film paved the way for "The Matrix," which blended religion, philosophy, martial arts and science fiction into a highly popular film that had a considerable effect on the cultural landscape. The massive success of the film sparked a franchise that included animated shorts, video games and two sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003), both of which were big hits at the box office, but failed to live up to the aspirations of the original. At the time, however, Larry was the subject of rumors that he was undergoing a sex change operation, which were vehemently denied, but eventually confirmed in 2012. The siblings went on to direct the disappointing "Speed...

The younger half of the writing-directing-producing team formerly known as The Wachowski Brothers, Andy Wachowski emerged alongside brother Larry - later to have sexual reassignment surgery and be rechristened Lana - from the comic book world to direct "The Matrix" (1999), one of the most successful and influential film franchises of all time. Prior to "The Matrix," The Wachowskis entered Hollywood by way of writing "Assassins" (1995) for Richard Donner before directing their steamy neo-noir, "Bound" (1995). That film paved the way for "The Matrix," which blended religion, philosophy, martial arts and science fiction into a highly popular film that had a considerable effect on the cultural landscape. The massive success of the film sparked a franchise that included animated shorts, video games and two sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003), both of which were big hits at the box office, but failed to live up to the aspirations of the original. At the time, however, Larry was the subject of rumors that he was undergoing a sex change operation, which were vehemently denied, but eventually confirmed in 2012. The siblings went on to direct the disappointing "Speed Racer" (2008) and the ambitious epic fantasy "Cloud Atlas" (2012), though both Larry and Lana's continuing avoidance of the spotlight marked them both as two of Hollywood's more mysterious, but nonetheless inventive writer-directors.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Cloud Atlas (2012)
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  Speed Racer (2008)
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  Matrix Revolutions, The (2003) Director
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  Matrix Reloaded, The (2003) Director
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  (1999) Director
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  Bound (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Side by Side (2012)
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Raised in the Midwest
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While running a carpentry business with brother Larry in Chicago, began creating comic books
1993:
Wrote (with brother) for Marvel Comics' Razorline imprint <i>Ectokid</i>
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Wrote (with brother) for EPIC Comics <i>Clive Barker's Hellraiser</i> and <i>Clive Barker's Nightbreed</i> comic series
1995:
First screenplay produced, "Assassins"; co-written with brother Larry
1996:
Co-wrote and co-directed with Larry the neo-noir crime thriller "Bound"
1999:
Co-wrote and co-directed with Larry sci-fi hit "The Matrix"; film received four Academy Awards in technical categories
2003:
Co-wrote and co-directed (with brother) the second and third films in trilogy "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions"
2006:
Co-produced and co-wrote (with brother) "V for Vendetta," based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore
2007:
Hired to write (with brother) additional scenes for "The Invasion," starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig
2008:
Co-wrote and co-directed with Larry the live action adaptation of 1960s Japanese animated series "Speed Racer"
2008:
Brother and film collaborator Larry underwent male-to-female sex-change operation and changed name to Lana after "Speed Racer"
2012:
With Lana and Tom Tykwer, co-wrote and co-directed "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel
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Education

Emerson College: Boston , Massachusetts -
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School: Chicago , Illinois - 1985

Notes

"We wanted to make an independent feature, something that could push the boundaries of a genre film and still remain entertaining." --the Wachowski brothers quoted in the press kit for "Bound"

"We don't like the idea of selling ourselves. We hate the 'film by' credit at the top of a movie. It is so egotistical." --Andy Wachowski quoted in USA Today, April 5, 1999.

About writing "The Matrix": Andy Warchowski told The New York Times (April 5, 1999): "The script was a synthesis of ideas that sort of came together at a moment when we were interested in a lot of things: making mythology relevant in a modern context, relating quantum physics to Zen Buddhism, investigating your own life. . . . We started out thinking of this as a comic book. We filled notebook after notebook with ideas. Essentially, that's where the script came from."

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wife:
Alisa Blasingame.

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father:
Ron Wachowski. Businessman.
mother:
Lynne Wachowski. Nurse, painter.
brother:
Larry Wachowski. Screenwriter, director. Older.

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"The Art of 'The Matrix'" Newmarket

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