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Edward Davis Wood Jr. (October 10, 1924 - March 7, 1998) was an American filmmaker, actor, writer, producer and director, best remebered for his various collaborations with Bela Lugosi on several films, such as the critically acclaimed Glen or Glenda (1953), Bride of The Monster (1955), and Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959), as well as his collaborations with Steven Spielberg in the following decades.
Peak years (1967 - 1993)
After a short hiatus, Ed Wood wrote a 600 page story called Pulp Fiction (1967), which starred Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe, which was awarded for their perfomances.
Wood later collarborated with the then unknown director Steven Spielberg on the horror movie Jaws in 1974. The film is noted for its distinct and channeling references to Alfred Hitchcock's ability to create suspense, of whom both Wood and Spielberg were heavily influenced by. After several months of difficult filming, Jaws was completed and was released in the summer of 1975. It was awarded several awards for innovative filming and helped to establish Spielberg as a household name. Wood and Spielberg would later collaborate on two other films; Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) and Jurassic Park (1993).
Death and Legacy
Wood died of a cerebral hemmorhage at his Los Angeles mansion on March 7 1998. Many famous actors and directors paid tributes, including Quentin Tarantino, who said "We lost a Great one" in a later interview.
A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was posthumously placed in tribute to Wood in 2003. In 2008, Spielberg produced the film Batman: Year One, a film that Wood was developing before died. The film was an adaption of Frank Miller's version of The Dark Knight, starring Christan Bale as the Dark Knight, Gary Oldman as Comissioner Gordon, and Keira Knightly as Gordon's Wife. This film garnered many awards for its allusions to Wood's style of directing and film noir influences. At the end credits of the film, a memorial caption was placed, reading "For You , Mr.Wood ".
Glenn or Glenda (1953)
Bride of The Monster (1955)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Pulp Fiction (1967)
War of The Undead (1970)
Jaws (1975) (also Producer)
Raiders of The lost Ark (1981)
Shotgun Blues (1984)
Jurassic Park (1993) (producer and Actor)
Last Dollar (1998) (Director, Writer, Actor, and producer, posthumously released)
Batman: Year One (2008) (writer's credit, posthumously released)
Where Was I ? (2009) (based on a script he wrote, posthumously released)