Robert Zemeckis Biography

Robert Lee Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an American movie director, producer and writer. Born in Chicago, Illinois to a Lithuanian family, Zemeckis graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. Propelled forward after winning a Student Academy Award for his film, A Field of Honor, he went on to write and direct many films which have won numerous awards.

After his first films proved to be box-office flops, Zemeckis directed Romancing the Stone starring Michael Douglas. The film was a big success, and Zemeckis went on to direct the Back to the Future trilogy of films. These films established him as a leading director in Hollywood. He is known for his innovative use of special effects, especially in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which combined live action seamlessly with traditional animation, and Forrest Gump, in which he placed Tom Hanks in scenes with well-known historical figures such as John F. Kennedy. His most recent project, 2004's The Polar Express, based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, utilized a revolutionary computer animation technique known as performance capture, whereby the movements of the actors are captured digitally and used as the basis for the animated characters.

Since becoming a well-known Hollywood director, he has been nominated for and won several awards, including an Academy Award for directing Forrest Gump in 1994. In 1999, Zemeckis donated $5 million towards the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts at USC, which today hosts many film school classes and much of the Interactive Media Division. He often works with composer Alan Silvestri and writer Bob Gale.



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Marion Cotillard was only choice for 'Allied'

    Updated On : Nov 24,2016   1:36 am
Los Angeles, Nov 24 (IANS) Actress Marion Cotillard was filmmaker Robert Zemeckis' "only choice" to portray French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour in "Allied". View More..

Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard film to release in 2016

    Updated On : Nov 04,2015   12:56 pm
Los Angeles, Nov 4 (IANS) Actors Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard's upcoming drama film, which will be directed by Robert Zemeckis, will release on November 23 next year. View More..

'The Walk' - gripping with electrifying performances (IANS Rating: ****)

    Updated On : Oct 09,2015   1:26 pm
Film: "The Walk"; Language: English; Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kinsley, James Badge Dale, Clement Sibony and Cesar Domboy; Director: Robert Zemeckis; (IANS Rating: ****) View More..

Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't scared of heights

    Updated On : Sep 28,2015   2:42 pm
New York, Sep 28 (IANS) Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose forthcoming biographical drama film "The Walk" kicked off the 53rd New York Film Festival, says he is not scared of heights, much like his character in the film Philippe Petit. View More..

I've always admired Robert Zemeckis: Ben Kingsley

    Updated On : Sep 20,2015   9:58 am
Los Angeles, Sep 20 (IANS) Veteran Hollywood actor Ben Kingsley, who won an Oscar for his performance in 1982's "Gandhi", is now starring in filmmaker Robert Zemeckis' epic new 3D film "The Walk". The actor says that although he never worked with Zemeckis before, he has "always admired him" for his "great body of work". View More..

How Gordon-Levitt learnt to walk on wire?

    Updated On : Sep 14,2015   5:36 am
Los Angeles, Sep 14 (IANS) Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will be portraying the role of the french high wire artist -- Philippe Petit in "The Walk", has been trained to walk on wire by the artist himself. View More..

'The Walk' to release in India on October 9

    Updated On : Sep 10,2015   11:24 pm
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) "The Walk", a movie based on the true story of French high wire artiste Philippe Petit, will release in India in English and Hindi on October 9. View More..

Tokyo film festival to open with Zemeckis's 'The Walk'

    Updated On : Jul 28,2015   10:28 pm
Tokyo, July 28 (IANS/EFE) The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival in October will open with US filmmaker Robert Zemeckis' latest film "The Walk" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the organisers announced on Tuesday. View More..

Gordon-Levitt to star in 'To Walk the Clouds'

    Updated On : Feb 25,2014   5:58 pm
Los Angeles, Feb 25 (IANS) Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will feature in filmmaker Robert Zemeckis' big screen adaptation of documentary "Man on Wire". View More..