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David Lean (I) (1908–1991)

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927. He worked as tea ... See full bio »


(age 83) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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3 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Sir David Lean


6' 1" (1.86 m)

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I like making films about characters I'd like to have dinner with. See more »


According to Sarah Miles, Lean enjoyed pushing his actors to their personal limits and then breaking them, just for his own amusement. See more »


Often collaborated with composer Maurice Jarre See more »

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