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Birth Place: Profession: documentarian, director, musician, comic book publisher

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San Francisco-based documentarian Terry Zwigoff is best known for his 1994 film "Crumb," a frankly intimate portrait of the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb and his extended family. The film was not only hailed by critics and dissected by pundits and psychologists for exposing an intensely dysfunctional family unit, it also won virtually every major award for documentaries in 1995, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as citations from the New York and Los Angles Film Critics and the Directors Guild of America. Its failure to earn an Oscar nomination caused an uproar and a demand for change in the way the Academy selected its documentary nominees. (The film had been submitted to the Academy in 1994, but failed to impress the nominating committee.)

San Francisco-based documentarian Terry Zwigoff is best known for his 1994 film "Crumb," a frankly intimate portrait of the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb and his extended family. The film was not only hailed by critics and dissected by pundits and psychologists for exposing an intensely dysfunctional family unit, it also won virtually every major award for documentaries in 1995, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as citations from the New York and Los Angles Film Critics and the Directors Guild of America. Its failure to earn an Oscar nomination caused an uproar and a demand for change in the way the Academy selected its documentary nominees. (The film had been submitted to the Academy in 1994, but failed to impress the nominating committee.)

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DIRECTOR:

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  Bad Santa (2003) Director
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  Ghost World (2001) Director
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  Louie Bluie (1985) Director

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Raised in Chicago
1976:
Zwigoff joined Robert Crumb's band The Cheap Suit Serenaders (date approximate)
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During the 1970s, published several of Robert Crumb's comics
1985:
First won attention with documentary "Louie Bluie"
1994:
Directed documentary, "Crumb"
1996:
Abandonded planned documentary on Woody Allen "for personal reasons"
2001:
Direct fiction film "Ghost World"; also co-scripted, based on Daniel Clowes' comic book; shared Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay with Clowes
2003:
Helmed the dark comedy "Bad Santa" starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox as conmen
2006:
Helmed an adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential," with John Malkovich and Jim Broadbent
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Notes

The Cheap Suit Serenaders, a string band with which both Zwigoff and Crumb played, recorded three albums of blues and jazz in the 1970s.

"This was never to me a film about Robert Crumb. It was always the story of these three brothers, and how one made it and the others didn't. . . . I'm very comfortable with the film, but what I can't control is how people interpret [it]. I spent a lot of time with that family on film because I wanted people to get past that initial reaction of, 'Oh, here we have . . . people who are sort of crazy.' I thought they were a very brilliant family." --Terry Zwigoff in DAILY NEWS, April 24, 1995

"I've got a chance to make a documentary on Woody Allen, but I might just do a feature instead because documentarians get treated like such second-class citizens." --Zwigoff quoted in VARIETY, January 21, 1996

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wife:
Melissa Axelrod. Worked at a comic book company.

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