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John Waters

John Waters

  • Born on
    • April 22nd, 1946
  • Died on
    • May 5th, 1965
Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns. As his filmmaking grew more polished and his subject matter more shocking, his audiences grew bigger, and his write-ups in the Baltimore papers more outraged. By the early 1970s he was making features, which he managed to get shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas by sheer perseverance. Success came when Pink Flamingos (1972) - a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste - took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actor Divine's infamous dog-crap eating scene. Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray (1988), and although his movies nowadays might now appear cleaned up and professional, they retain Waters' playfulness, and reflect his lifelong obsessions.

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Filmography

Acting (31 Credits)

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2020Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 2: Horror and Sci-Fi as Host
2020Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time - Vol. 1: Midnight Madness as Host
2020Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears as Professor Linnaeus
2017Three Summers as Eamon
20172:22 as Bill
2015Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip as First Class Passenger
2014Suburban Gothic as Cornelius
2013Return to Nim's Island as Booker
2012The Mystery of a Hansom Cab as Mark Frettlby
2012Excision as William
2008Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
2007Hairspray as Flasher
2005Stealth as Black Ops Doctor
2004Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea as Narrator
2004Seed of Chucky as Pete Peters
2002Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat as The Reverend
2000Cecil B. Demented as Reporter
1999Sweet and Lowdown as Mr. Haynes
1998Anarchy TV
1998Pecker as Pervert on Phone (voice)
1998Welcome to Hollywood as John Waters
1994Serial Mom as Ted Bundy (voice)
1989Homer and Eddie as Robber #1
1988Hairspray as Dr. Fredrickson
1986Something Wild as Used Car Guy
1983All The Rivers Run as Brenton Edwards
1981Attack Force Z as Ted King
1980Breaker Morant as Cpt. Alfred Taylor
1977The Getting of Wisdom as Rev. Shepherd
1972Pink Flamingos as Narrator
1969Mondo Trasho as Reporter (voice) (uncredited)

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