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Also Known As: Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan Died:
Born: August 6, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mahé, Pondicherry, IN Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, producer

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One of the most successful and controversial filmmakers of the late 1990s and into the next millennium, M. Night Shyamalan was the writer and director of such supernaturally themed dramas as "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Signs" (2002) and "The Village" (2004). Like his idol, Steven Spielberg, Shyamalan's films concerned ordinary people who must draw on faith, family and friendship to help them contend with overwhelming and often unnatural forces. He was also known for ending his pictures with an ironic "sting" that, for better or worse, left audiences reeling at the final fade-out. Though "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs" were blockbuster hits, his other efforts received mixed or even hostile reviews from critics and audiences, and a much-publicized clash with Disney over the production of 2006's "Lady in the Water" diminished his profile by the time he released his first R-rated film, "The Happening," in 2008. Although given more shots at helming big-budget fare with "The Last Airbender" (2010) and "After Earth" (2013), both films fell considerably short of expectations, leaving Shyamalan's next career move uncertain. However, the success of the limited television series "Wayward Pines" (Fox 2015) and the...

One of the most successful and controversial filmmakers of the late 1990s and into the next millennium, M. Night Shyamalan was the writer and director of such supernaturally themed dramas as "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Signs" (2002) and "The Village" (2004). Like his idol, Steven Spielberg, Shyamalan's films concerned ordinary people who must draw on faith, family and friendship to help them contend with overwhelming and often unnatural forces. He was also known for ending his pictures with an ironic "sting" that, for better or worse, left audiences reeling at the final fade-out. Though "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs" were blockbuster hits, his other efforts received mixed or even hostile reviews from critics and audiences, and a much-publicized clash with Disney over the production of 2006's "Lady in the Water" diminished his profile by the time he released his first R-rated film, "The Happening," in 2008. Although given more shots at helming big-budget fare with "The Last Airbender" (2010) and "After Earth" (2013), both films fell considerably short of expectations, leaving Shyamalan's next career move uncertain. However, the success of the limited television series "Wayward Pines" (Fox 2015) and the horror film "The Visit" (2015) showed that the filmmaker's career was capable of its own unexpected twists.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Split (2016)
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  Visit, The (2015)
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  After Earth (2013)
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  Village, The (2004) Director
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  Signs (2002) Director
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  Unbreakable (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Split (2016)
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 Happening, The (2008)
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 Village, The (2004) Guard At Desk
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 Signs (2002) Ray Reddy
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 Unbreakable (2000) Stadium Drug Dealer
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 Sixth Sense, The (1999) Dr Hill
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 Praying With Anger (1992) Dev Raman
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1992:
Made first film, the semiautobiographical drama "Praying with Anger," while still an NYU student
1993:
Sold screenplay "Labor of Love" to Fox Entertainment for $750,000; was attached to direct, but project was shelved
1995:
Directed (also wrote) second feature, "Wide Awake"; was not theatrically released until 1998
1997:
Hired to rewrite script for the live-action film, "Stuart Little" (1999)
2004:
Re-teamed with Joaquin Phoenix to direct "The Village"
2004:
Featured in the Sci-fi channel documentary, "The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan
2006:
Directed (also wrote) Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard in "Lady in the Water"; also co-starred
2008:
Wrote and directed the apocalyptic film, "The Happening" starring Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel
2010:
Produced, wrote, and directed the action adventure film, "The Last Airbender"
2010:
Produced the supernatural thriller, "Devil"
2013:
Directed and co-wrote "After Earth," starring Will and Jaden Smith
2015:
Served as executive producer of the Fox limited series "Wayward Pines"; also directed the pilot
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Education

Waldron Academy: Merion Station , Pennsylvania -
The Episcopal Academy: Merion , Pennsylvania -
New York University: New York , New York - 1993

Notes

His last name is pronounced SHAH-ma-lawn.

"My biggest fear in life is to be average." --M Night Shyamalan quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, March 8, 1999.

"I'm not a big spiritual guy. But I think that what it is, is the remnants of my being Indian. I've seen a lot of spiritual people and cultures. The Hindu culture is very spiritual. And I almost take it for granted--that that's a part of my life. I think that's what's infusing the movies." --Shyamalan quoted in Fade In, Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 1999.

"To call me an Indian filmmaker is a misrepresentation. My wife loves the Bollywood movies but they go against my philosophy of film-making because they're just made for an Indian audience. I want to make movies everyone wants to see, movies for the whole world." --M Night Shyamalan quoted in London's Evening Standard, November 5, 1999.

"... I'm a social guy. I enjoy communicating. I'm not that quiet, whispery director who is mumbling. When I'm at a table at a party, I'm usually the guy telling the story or creating the laughter."---Shyamalan on having a public persona as quoted in Premiere July/August 2004

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wife:
Bhavna Shyamalan. Met at NYU; married in 1993; as of 2000 was writing PhD thesis in child psychology.

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father:
Nelliate Shyamalan. Cardiologist. Received credit as producer on Shyamalan's debut film.
mother:
Jayalakshmi Shyamalan. Obstetrician. Recieved credit as producer on Shyamalan's debut film.
sister:
Veena Shyamalan. Born in 1964.
daughter:
Saleka Shyamalan. Born in 1996.
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