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Also Known As: Larry Wachowski, Wachowski Siblings, Laurence Wachowski, Wachowski Starship Died:
Born: June 21, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, comic book writer, producer, carpenter, house painter

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One half of the fraternal filmmaking duo known as the Wachowski Brothers, Larry Wachowski and sibling Andy were the creative minds behind the "Matrix" trilogy (2000, 2003), one of the most imaginative and influential film series in Hollywood history. Conceived from a childhood steeped in fantasy novels and comic books, the "Matrix" films combined martial arts action with literary and cinematic references and a wide array of world religious and philosophical tenets. The result was a massively popular trio of films that largely redefined the action genre and CGI effects as a whole for a new generation of moviegoers. While the brothers continued to release big-screen epics in its wake, including "V for Vendetta" (2005) and "Ninja Assassin" (2009), Larry Wachowski earned as much press for his personal life, which included a relationship with a dominatrix and rumored gender reassignment, coupled with a new name, Lana Wachowski. Despite the gossip, he and brother Andy remained two of the most successful and mysterious genre directors in Hollywood.

One half of the fraternal filmmaking duo known as the Wachowski Brothers, Larry Wachowski and sibling Andy were the creative minds behind the "Matrix" trilogy (2000, 2003), one of the most imaginative and influential film series in Hollywood history. Conceived from a childhood steeped in fantasy novels and comic books, the "Matrix" films combined martial arts action with literary and cinematic references and a wide array of world religious and philosophical tenets. The result was a massively popular trio of films that largely redefined the action genre and CGI effects as a whole for a new generation of moviegoers. While the brothers continued to release big-screen epics in its wake, including "V for Vendetta" (2005) and "Ninja Assassin" (2009), Larry Wachowski earned as much press for his personal life, which included a relationship with a dominatrix and rumored gender reassignment, coupled with a new name, Lana Wachowski. Despite the gossip, he and brother Andy remained two of the most successful and mysterious genre directors in Hollywood.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Cloud Atlas (2012)
3.
  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
7.
  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 Andy 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:
Co-wrote with brother Andy their first produced screenplay "Assassins"
1996:
Co-wrote and co-directed with brother the neo-noir crime thriller "Bound"
1999:
Co-wrote and co-directed (with brother) sci-fi hit "The Matrix"; film received four Academy Awards in technical categories
2003:
Co-wrote and co-directed with Andy 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 Andy live action film adaptation of 1960s Japanese animated series "Speed Racer"
2012:
With Andy and Tom Tykwer, co-wrote and co-directed "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel
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Education

Bard College: Annandale-on-Hudson , New York -
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School: Chicago , Illinois - 1983

Notes

"You talk to people and they always ask, 'Why are action movies so dumb?' We hope people are more interested in a more intelligent approach. We hope they are not just intertested in what we call McDonald's movies, the standard you-know-what-you-get [films]." --Larry Warchowski quoted in USA Today, April 5, 1999.

"Maybe we'll just retire with a two-film retrospective. We're jsut so tired at this point." --Larry Warchowski quoted in The New York Times, April 5, 1999.

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wife:
Thea Bloom. Married in October 1993; Wachowski filed for a divorce in December 2002.

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father:
Ron Wachowski. Businessman.
mother:
Lynne Wachowski. Nurse, painter.
brother:
Andy Wachowski. Screenwriter, director. Younger.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Art of 'The Matrix'" Newmarket

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