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Born: October 26, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: director, painter, cook

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A darling of the New York art scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Julian Schnabel rose to prominence as a sculptor and painter of oversized canvases that overflowed with raw energy and emotion. A tireless self-promoter, Schnabel's work reflected his personality and his work ethic, which could be comfortably described as larger-than-life. His interests expanded to film in the late Nineties with "Basquiat" (1996), a biopic of his late friend, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which received mixed reviews. His talent behind the camera developed quickly, leading to positive reviews for his subsequent features, "Before Night Falls" (2000), which introduced the world to Spanish actor Javier Bardem, and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007), a highly praised film about journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby's life after a debilitating stroke that earned Schnabel an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. He followed up with the rather disappointing "Miral" (2010), but always maintained a steady presence on the art scene. In fact, Schnabel considered himself primarily an artist despite directing films with some degree of consistency. Despite such self-protestations, Schnabel was a gifted director whose audacious...

A darling of the New York art scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Julian Schnabel rose to prominence as a sculptor and painter of oversized canvases that overflowed with raw energy and emotion. A tireless self-promoter, Schnabel's work reflected his personality and his work ethic, which could be comfortably described as larger-than-life. His interests expanded to film in the late Nineties with "Basquiat" (1996), a biopic of his late friend, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which received mixed reviews. His talent behind the camera developed quickly, leading to positive reviews for his subsequent features, "Before Night Falls" (2000), which introduced the world to Spanish actor Javier Bardem, and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007), a highly praised film about journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby's life after a debilitating stroke that earned Schnabel an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. He followed up with the rather disappointing "Miral" (2010), but always maintained a steady presence on the art scene. In fact, Schnabel considered himself primarily an artist despite directing films with some degree of consistency. Despite such self-protestations, Schnabel was a gifted director whose audacious style crafted beautifully rendered films that were evocative of the human spirit.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Miral (2011)
4.
  Before Night Falls (2001) Director
5.
  Basquiat (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

4.
 Rockets Redglare! (2004) Himself
5.
 Art of Merry-Go-Round, The (1991) Himself
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1973:
Studied at Whitney Museum in NYC
1975:
Received first solo art show at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston
1979:
Had first one-person show at Mary Boone's Soho art gallery
1980:
Participated at the Venice Biennale
1981:
First met fellow artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
1987:
Schnabel published autobiography, <i>CVJ: Nicknames of Maitre D's & Other Excerpts From Life</i>
1988:
Jean-Michel Basquiat died
1995:
Released the album <i>Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud</i> on Island Records
1996:
Made feature directorial debut with "Basquiat"; also scripted
2000:
Directed second film "Before Night Falls," starring Javier Bardem as the Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas
2007:
Directed "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," an adaptation of the French memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby; earned a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film; also received an Oscar nomination for Best Director
2008:
Directed the concert film "Berlin: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse" featuring Lou Reed
2011:
Directed the biographical film "Miral," starring Freida Pinto as a Palestinian orphan
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Education

University of Houston: Houston , Texas - 1969 - 1973
Whitney Museum: New York , New York - 1973 - 1974

Notes

"Why do I paint so big? Do you really mean that question?" --Julian Schnabel in New York, August 12, 1996

"O.K. I am an artist. I don't know a whole lot about anything else, but I know about making art and I know what it's like to live in this world and to try to work on what you do. I know what it's like to be attacked as an artist. I know what it's like to be judged as an artist . . ." --Schnabel in Interview, July 1996

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wife:
Jacqueline Schnabel. Clothing designer. Belgian; divorced.
wife:
Olatz Lopez Garmendia. Actor. Second wife.

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father:
Jack Schnabel. Meat wholesaler, used-clothes dealer.
mother:
Esther Schnabel.
brother:
Stephen Schnabel. Accountant. Older.
daughter:
Stella Schnabel. Mother, Jacqueline Schnabel.
daughter:
Lola Montes Schnabel. Painter. Born c. 1982; mother, Jacqueline Schnabel.
son:
Vito Maria Schnabel. Played teenage Reinaldo in father's "Before Night Falls".
son:
Cy Schnabel. Mother, Olatz Schnabel; fraternal twin of Olmo.
son:
Olmo Schnabel. Mother, Olatz Schnabel; fraternal twin of Cy.
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"CVJ: Nicknames of Maitre D's & Other Excerpts From Life"

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