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Also Known As: Henry Neill, Roger William Corman Died:
Born: April 5, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: director, executive, producer, screenwriter, distributor, literary agent, story analyst, messenger

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Ever since the early 1950s, famed indie producer and sometime director Roger Corman turned out hundreds of low-budget genre flicks while revolutionizing the way films were made and distributed. Working outside the studio system, Corman established a record as one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in Hollywood history, having had about 90 percent of his films turn a profit. Though he had made over 200 films in his career, there were a few that stood out as classics of their genre, including "Not of This Earth" (1957), "The Little Shop of Horrors" (1960), "The Raven" (1963), "Death Race 2000" (1975) and "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980). Perhaps more important than being a success himself, Corman was singlehandedly responsible for launching numerous Hollywood careers, boasting some of the biggest names of the latter half of the 20th century as his protégés - Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, Curtis Hanson and James Cameron, among many others, all of whom started their careers with Corman. Meanwhile, in the 1970s, he helped such foreign directors as Akira Kurosawa, Francois Truffaut and Ingmar Bergman...

Ever since the early 1950s, famed indie producer and sometime director Roger Corman turned out hundreds of low-budget genre flicks while revolutionizing the way films were made and distributed. Working outside the studio system, Corman established a record as one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in Hollywood history, having had about 90 percent of his films turn a profit. Though he had made over 200 films in his career, there were a few that stood out as classics of their genre, including "Not of This Earth" (1957), "The Little Shop of Horrors" (1960), "The Raven" (1963), "Death Race 2000" (1975) and "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980). Perhaps more important than being a success himself, Corman was singlehandedly responsible for launching numerous Hollywood careers, boasting some of the biggest names of the latter half of the 20th century as his protégés - Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, Curtis Hanson and James Cameron, among many others, all of whom started their careers with Corman. Meanwhile, in the 1970s, he helped such foreign directors as Akira Kurosawa, Francois Truffaut and Ingmar Bergman gain a distribution foothold in the United States when no one else would take the chance. Having been one of the first producers to recognize the financial advantages of shooting in Europe while he used sets discarded from other lavish, expensive movies for his own films, it was no wonder that Corman, once dubbed the "King of the B's," had become one of the most prolific and successful producers of his day.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Slaughter Studios (2002) Director
2.
  Frankenstein Unbound (1990) Director
3.
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  Gas-s-s-s! (1970) Director
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  Bloody Mama (1970) Director
7.
  De Sade (1969) Uncredited addl dir
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  How To Make It (1969) Director
9.
  The Trip (1967) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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6.
 Searchers 2.0 (2007)
9.
 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Hollywood Director
10.
 Galaxy Far, Far Away, A (2000) Himself
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1960:
Directed the original version of "The Little Shop of Horrors" in only two days
1962:
Directed William Shatner in "The Intruder," based on a short story by Charles Beaumont
1954:
First film distributed by American International Pictures, "The Fast and the Furious"
1990:
Returned to directing with the poorly received, "Frankenstein Unbound"
1949:
Became story analyst for Fox
1954:
First film as co-producer (also co-story), "Highway Dragnet"
1975:
Through his company New World Pictures, produced and distributed "Death Race 2000"
1974:
Acted in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Part II" as one of the senators on the congressional committee
1955:
Feature directing debut (also producer), "Five Guns West"
1954:
First film as producer for own production company (Palo Alto), "Monster from the Ocean Floor"
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Joined 20th Century-Fox as messenger
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Made a series of adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories starring Vincent Price, including "The House of Usher/The Fall of the House of Usher" (1960), "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), "Premature Burial" (1962), "Tales of Terror" (1962) "The Raven" (1963), "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964) and "The Tomb of Ligeia" (1964)
1983:
Sold New World Pictures for $16.5 million (January) which had become the largest independent production and distribution company in the US
1983:
Founded Concorde/New Horizons, a production company
1971:
Retired from directing to concentrate on production and distribution through his company New World Pictures
2001:
Created his first TV series "Black Scorpion"
2008:
Was the executive producer of "Death Race"
2015:
Produced the TV movie "Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf"
2015:
Voiced a role in the animated film "Extraordinary Tales"
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Education

Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills, California -
Balliol College, Oxford University: -
Stanford University: Stanford, California - 1947

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wife:
Julie Corman. Producer.

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father:
William Corman.
mother:
Anne Corman.
brother:
Gene Corman. Producer. Born on September 24, 1927.

Bibliography close complete biography

"How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime" Random House
"Roger Corman: Brilliance on a Budget" Arco Press
"Roger Corman: The Best of the Cheap Acts" McFarland
"The Films of Roger Corman: 'Shooting My Way Out of Trouble'" Batsford
"Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Bioography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking" Renaissance Books
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