Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant

  • Born on
    • July 24th, 1952
Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Directing for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting and his 2008 film Milk, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant. He lives in Portland, Oregon. His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures. His filmography as writer and director includes an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d. lang, with cameos by William S. Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others); and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Reeves as well as River Phoenix. He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink. A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.

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Acting (10 Credits)

2019Zeroville as Film Archive Curator
2018Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot as Willamette Week Editor
2013The Canyons as Dr. Campbell
2007Paranoid Park as Guy Reading Newspaper (uncredited)
2005Last Days as Phone Voice (voice)
2001Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back as Gus Van Sant
2000Finding Forrester as Library Assistant (uncredited)
1998Psycho as Man Talking to Man in Cowboy Hat (uncredited)
1991My Own Private Idaho as Man Behind Hotel Counter (uncredited)
1986Mala Noche as Guy at Hotel (uncredited)


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