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Born: October 14, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Middlesex, England, GB Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, executive

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A writer, producer and occasional director of highly entertaining genre fare of the 1980s and 90s, Pen Densham specialized in action-adventure with a minor in sci-fi. The son of a lighting camera operator, Densham was born and raised in England. He initially showed an interest in photography, studied at art schools in Bournemouth and Salisbury and eventually made his way to Toronto, Canada in the mid-60s. Shortly after his arrival, he began making short films, some with media guru Marshall McLuhan. He met John Watson and the duo formed Insight Productions, creating films and TV commercials. After earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Subject for "Life Times Nine" (1973), Densham and Watson were lured to Hollywood by fellow Canadian Norman Jewison. Through working with Jewison on "F.I.S.T." (1978), Densham met Sylvester Stallone for whom Densham was consultant and montage supervisor on "Rocky II" (1979). Watson and Densham earned a second Oscar nod for Best Short Subject with 1980's "Don't Mess With Bill".

A writer, producer and occasional director of highly entertaining genre fare of the 1980s and 90s, Pen Densham specialized in action-adventure with a minor in sci-fi. The son of a lighting camera operator, Densham was born and raised in England. He initially showed an interest in photography, studied at art schools in Bournemouth and Salisbury and eventually made his way to Toronto, Canada in the mid-60s. Shortly after his arrival, he began making short films, some with media guru Marshall McLuhan. He met John Watson and the duo formed Insight Productions, creating films and TV commercials. After earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Subject for "Life Times Nine" (1973), Densham and Watson were lured to Hollywood by fellow Canadian Norman Jewison. Through working with Jewison on "F.I.S.T." (1978), Densham met Sylvester Stallone for whom Densham was consultant and montage supervisor on "Rocky II" (1979). Watson and Densham earned a second Oscar nod for Best Short Subject with 1980's "Don't Mess With Bill".

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Houdini (1998) Director
2.
  Moll Flanders (1996) Director
3.
  Kiss, The (1988) Director
4.
  Quicksilver (1986) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
5.
  Zoo Gang, The (1985) Director

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Born and raised in England
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Sold photographs to magazines
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While still a teenager, enrolled in art colleges in England
1966:
Moved to Toronto (date approximate)
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Directed and produced numerous short films, including several with Marshall McLuhan
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Founded Insight Productions with John Watson
1973:
Made short film, "Life Times Nine"; earned Oscar nomination
1979:
Creative consultant to Sylvester Stallone on "Rocky II"
1981:
Insight Productions earned second Oscar nomination with short film "Don't Mess With Bill!"
1985:
With Watson, co-directed, co-wrote, and co-produced "The Zoo Gang"
1986:
Founded Trilogy Entertainment Group with Richard Barton Lewis and Watson
1988:
First solo directing credit, "The Kiss" (also produced)
1991:
With Lewis and Watson, produced "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (also co-wrote) and "Backdraft"
1993:
Created and produced CBS series "Space Rangers"
1995:
At Cannes Film Festival, Trilogy announced joint venture with production companies Majestic and RCS called TRM; venture abandoned in fall
1995:
Launched and was executive producer of "The Outer Limits" for Showtime
1995:
In November, Trilogy announced three-year, six-picture deal with Spelling Pictures
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Was executive producer of "Poltergeist: The Legacy" series for Showtime, The Sci-Fi Channel and syndication
1996:
Co-produced, directed and wrote feature "Moll Flanders" starring Robin Wright
1998:
Served as an executive producer of "The Magnificent Seven" (CBS)
1998:
Trilogy's deal with Spelling ended when Spelling abandoned motion picture production; in March, Trilogy signed a three-year, first-look deal with MGM
1998:
Wrote, directed and executive produced the TNT biopic, "Houdini"
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Education

Bournemouth Art College: -
Salisbury Art College: -

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wife:
Wendy Savage. Married on May 24, 1975.

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father:
Raymond Philip Densham. Lighting camera operator.
mother:
Edna Noreen Densham.
son:
Nevin Philip Densham.
daughter:
Victoria Elizabeth Densham.
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