Robert Zemeckis Biography

Director, Producer(1952–)
Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis is behind Romancing the Stone, the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, Tales from the Crypt and Cast Away.

Synopsis

Robert Zemeckis was born on May 14, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois. In film school, he won a Student Academy Award. His breakthrough film was Romancing the Stone. He followed with the Back to the Future trilogy. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for Forrest Gump in 1994. He also helmed the HBO series Tales from the Crypt from 1989–1996. He re-teamed with Tom Hanks for Cast Away in 2000.

Early Life

Director, producer and writer Robert Lee Zemeckis was born on May 14, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Art, where his film A Field of Honor won a Student Academy Award.

Career Highlights

His breakthrough film was the popular Michael Douglas adventure comedy Romancing the Stone. He followed with the hugely successful Back to the Future trilogy starring Michael J. Fox.

Known for his innovative use of special effects, Zemeckis has never been afraid to experiment in his films, as seen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and the CGI-animated The Polar Express. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for Forrest Gump in 1994. He re-teamed with Tom Hanks for the 2000 blockbuster Cast Away.

Zemeckis also helmed the popular if macabre HBO series Tales From the Crypt from 1989 to 1996. In 1999, he founded the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts at USC.

Personal Life

Zemeckis and ex-wife Mary Ellen Trainor have a son, Alexander. Zemeckis is currently married to actress Leslie Harter Zemeckis.

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