King Vidor Biography
(Film Director and Producer)
Birthday: February 8, 1894 (Aquarius)
Born In: Galveston, Texas, U.S.
King Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter known for films like ‘The Big Parade’ and ‘The Crowd.’ His extensive career spanned nearly seven decades during which he was nominated five times for Academy Award for Best Director, and won eight international film awards. His films are counted amongst the most creative ones produced during his era as he never shied away from taking up unconventional topics and was known to be a risk-taker. Born in Texas, he survived the devastating Galveston Hurricane of 1900 as a little boy. Creative and ambitious from the very beginning, he started working as a ticket collector at a local Galveston theater as a teenager and quickly progressed to projectionist. He made his directorial debut with the short drama film, ‘Hurricane in Galveston’, even before he turned 20. Within years, he was directing full length feature films and had his first taste of success with ‘Peg o' My Heart’ in 1922. The success of ‘The Big Parade’, counted among the most acclaimed war films of the silent era, cemented his position in Hollywood. Over the ensuing years he established himself as a highly creative director and received many accolades for his works. With a career that spanned 67 long years, he entered into Guinness World Records as having "The Longest Career As A Film Director."