David Cronenberg Net Worth

David Cronenberg Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

David Paul Cronenberg net worth is
$15 Million

David Paul Cronenberg Wiki Biography

David Paul Cronenberg, CC OOnt FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter and actor. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. He has been called "the most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world."

Full NameDavid Cronenberg
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 15, 1943
Place Of BirthToronto, Ontario, Canada
Height5' 9" (1.75 m)
ProfessionDirector, Writer, Actor
EducationUniversity of Toronto
SpouseMargaret Hindson
ChildrenBrandon Cronenberg, Caitlin Cronenberg, Cassandra Cronenberg
ParentsEsther Cronenberg, Milton Cronenberg
SiblingsDenise Cronenberg
AwardsCannes Jury Prize, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Screenplay, Golden Screen Award, Bodil Award for Best American Film, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Dire...
NominationsGolden Lion, Grand Jury Prize, Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement in Direction, César Award for Best Foreign Film, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film, BAFTA Award for Best British Film, British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film, British Independent Fi...
MoviesThe Fly, Videodrome, Dead Ringers, Cosmopolis, Scanners, Maps to the Stars, A History of Violence, A Dangerous Method, Shivers, Eastern Promises, The Brood, Existenz, Naked Lunch, The Dead Zone, Rabid, Crash, M. Butterfly, Spider, Crimes of the Future, Fast Company, Nightbreed, Stereo, From the Drai...
TV ShowsAlias Grace
1He often shoots his films in Canada (The Fly (1986), _A History Of Violence (2005)_, Videodrome (1983), Dead Ringers (1988).
2Frequently casts Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel
3Movies about crime families
4Frequently casts Robert A. Silverman
5Frequently uses the music of Howard Shore
6Frequent references to the Flesh or the New Flesh
7Films often include explicit carnage
8Uses dark backgrounds
9His films generally involve the horror caused by a mutation, by a parasite, or by particular medical conditions.
1The Brood (1979) is my version of Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), but more realistic.
2[on being an auteur] But for me, my movie-making is like a diamond, in the sense that it has many facets but when you look in each facet, you are looking into the inner core of the same diamond. That diamond is really my experience of life, that's all it is, and so it's inevitable I return to the same themes and tropes and considerations but from slightly different angles.
3[on philosophy] I consider myself a junior existentialist. When I started to read Jean-Paul Sartre and by association Martin Heidegger I thought, "Oh wow, this is what I've been thinking." There's a great lecture Sartre gave called 'Existentialism is a Humanism'. He basically said, "Look, we humans are really all we've got, forget about the afterlife, it doesn't exist. Forget about God, there is no God. We should accept that and if we did and realised that compassion and humanistic empathy were valuable - more than valuable but crucial - then the world would be a better place." So that's really my approach to life.
4[on his imagination and humor] My imagination is not full of horrors at all. This is the misunderstanding of what my movies are. First of all, I think all my movies are funny. Not everything in them is funny, but they are full of humour. And second, it's not really my imagination. Anybody looking at the news on the internet or in a newspaper, there's horror there every day - compared with that, my imagination is a wonderful playground!
5[on what's the most frightening film ever made] That's totally subjective because what frightens some people is like a laugher to somebody else. For each person there might be a different answer to that question. Bambi (1942) is a terrifying film for a kid because Bambi's mother is killed. When you're a child that's a terrifying thing. So does that qualify? There's a movie called The Blue Lagoon (1949), which was really scary for me as a kid. It's kids on a boat, the boat sinks, the parents drown, the kids are alone on the island with a drunken sailor. There's a scene in a cave with a snake and a skeleton and all that stuff, and that was a scary movie for me. Probably for an adult not so scary. Then, as an adult, for me, Don't Look Now (1973), Nic Roeg's film with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. That really got to me, that was very effective film-making, its anticipation of death was so palpable. On the other hand if the person who asked this question saw it maybe it wouldn't have any effect. There's no absolute universal.
6[on the University of Toronto and Winter Kept Us Warm (1965), 2014] I can't say the University of Toronto led me to horror, but what it did do was lead me to cinema, though I never studied cinema. There was a student called David Secter who was making a movie called Winter Kept Us Warm (1965), which starred some friends of mine. And it never occurred to me that you could make a movie. It was unlike someone growing up in LA where everybody's parents were in the business. In Toronto, no one's parents were in the movie business because there wasn't a movie business.(...) The number of films I've seen that have impressed me is endless. But actually, Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) is the most influential film of my life in a weird way. It wasn't a horror film - it was a drama about students coping with life at the 'University of Toronto' - and it wasn't because of its artistry. It was just the fact it was made. It's hard to reproduce the shock I felt when I saw my classmates on screen in a real movie, acting. It was like magic: you are watching TV and suddenly you are in the TV, acting in some TV series. It was that kind of shock.
7There's an entire generation of Americans who have been spawned in the back seat of a 1954 Ford. So it's not like I invented sex in cars.
8[on a reluctance to revisit his earlier movies for re-editing purposes] I really think of a film as being part of an archaeological dig, you know? And you want it to be as close to what it was in its time as possible.
9I think I can say that the characters in my films don't really I respond to a political stance or a schematic. They're not meant to be an illustration of a theory.. I never really worry about a character being sympathetic or not. That, to me, is a very Hollywood attitude, but it's not an attitude you find in, let's say, European films of that time.
10I'm a totally anti-storyboard person.
11Frankly, I don't like seeing my old films. When you make a movie, it's yours. It's in your control, up to a certain point. And, after that, you let it go. It flies out. It's like having a kid. It's a cliche but your 'kid' becomes an individual creature in the world. It intersects with people you don't know, and it has experiences you don't control anymore, and that's what you want. So, unlike your children, whom you might invite home to dinner, I don't invite my films home to dinner.
12[on superhero movies] But a superhero movie, by definition, you know, it's comic book. It's for kids. It's adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying, you know, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is, you know, supreme cinema art, I don't think they know what the fuck they're talking about.
13[on Christopher Nolan] What he is doing is some very interesting technical stuff, which, you know, he's shooting IMAX and in 3-D. That's really tricky and difficult to do. I read about it in American Cinematography Magazine, and technically, that's all very interesting. The movies, to me, they're mostly boring.
14[on The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as 'art'] I don't think they are making them an elevated art form. I think it's still Batman running around in a stupid cape. I just don't think it's elevated. 'Christopher Nolan''s best movie is Memento (2000), and that is an interesting movie. I don't think his Batman movies are half as interesting, though they're 20 million times the expense.
15[on working with Patrick McGoohan on Scanners (1981)] He's a brilliant actor; the voice, the charisma, the presence, the face. Phenomenal. And he was aging so well; he looked so great in that beard. But he was so angry. His self-hatred came out as anger against everybody and everything. He said to me, 'If I didn't drink I'd be afraid I'd kill someone.' He looks at you that way and you just say, 'Keep drinking.' It's all self-destructive, because it's all self-hating. That's my theory. He was also terrified. The second before we went to shoot he said, 'I'm scared.' I wasn't shocked; Olivier said that he was terrified each time he had to go on stage. With Patrick, though, it was just so raw and so scary-full of anger and potent. But he was sensing the disorganization; the script wasn't there, so he was right to worry about it. He didn't know me. He didn't know whether I could bring it off or not. We parted from the film not on very good terms ultimately.
16[on working with Patrick McGoohan on Scanners (1981)] He had extreme Catholic views about sexuality, which came onto the set. My leading lady... came to me incredibly distraught and said, 'Patrick said, 'Are you a whore? Are you a slut?' And he started to lay into her because she'd had, like, five husbands. That was Patrick, and those were the things I had to deal with as a relatively young director. He was probably the most difficult actor I ever worked with, though he gave a fantastic performance.
17[on his son Brandon Cronenberg's developing interest in film-making] I noticed he was incredibly sensitive to the music of film. He knew what scary music was. He'd run away.
18I have no demons. I was always a nature boy. I loved nature and animals and insects. And [Brandon] proved to have that same kind of sensibility, which undoubtedly has something to do with the kind of movies I've made and that he seems to be making as well. It comes from a real affection for the strangeness of animal life on earth. I's very pure and very direct.
19[on embracing digital film recording] I have no particular affection for 'film'. It's about time film died its natural death. However, the filmmaking process is exactly the same. Why would you ever want to shoot film? Well, I don't.
20[on Michael Fassbender] Even with an intellectual character, his approach is visceral. He jokingly likes to say the only research he did was read 'The Idiots Guide to Carl Jung'. He's just so perky it drives you crazy. One day I found him standing out in the sun in his costume and makeup, with this big smile. I said to him, 'Michael, why are you smiling like that?' He said, 'I don't know... life.' I said, 'It's so irritating that you're happy all the time.'
21[on awards] It can be very exhausting if you're nominated, so at a certain moment, part of you is almost praying you don't get any nominations.
22People ask me how is it to direct special effects? Is it fun? And in fact it's kind of like getting a performance out of a bowl of shrimp salad actually, because it lies there and it's kind of you know, it's agonizing and I hate it, directing special effects I like working with actors and it's much more fun.
23[on M. Night Shyamalan] I HATE that guy! Next question.
24When I am doing art, I have absolutely no social responsibilities whatsoever -- it's like dreaming.
25If I were doing a comedy with somebody slipping on a banana peel, I wouldn't show the reality of slipping on a banana peel, which could be quite horrific, involving cracked skulls and broken spines and crippling. You have to do what's appropriate to the movie.
26When we talk about violence, we're talking about the destruction of the human body, and I don't lose sight of that. In general, my filmmaking is fairly body-oriented, because what you're photographing is people, bodies. You can't really photograph an abstract concept, whereas a novelist can write about that. You have to photograph something physical. So that combination of things suggests to me a particular way to deal with violence. And it's not a bad thing that people really understand what violence is. It's not, however, a politically correct thing I do. I'm not a big fan of political correctness. It's very detrimental to art in general. An artist's responsibility is to be irresponsible. As soon as you start to think about social or political responsibility, you've amputated the best limbs you've got as an artist. You are plugging into a very restrictive system that is going to push and mold you, and is going to make your art totally useless and ineffective.
27I identify with the parasites.
28[on being voted the People's Choice Award at the 2007 T.I.F.F.] I feel like I've just been elected prime minister of Canada!
29I don't have a moral plan. I'm a Canadian.
30To me, the life that we live is heaven. My idea of paradise is life on Earth. But we often don't know it, and can't see it that way, until, I'm sure, we start to leave it. I guess that's the way I feel about film.
31We question a country's self-mythology. Perfect town and perfect family are - like Westerns - part of America's mythology, involving notions of past innocence and naïveté. But is it possible for innocence to exist while something heinous transpires elsewhere? What does it take for a country to be rich and prosperous? What does that country do to the world?
32My movies are body-conscious. The first fact of human existence is the human body. If you get away from physical reality, you're fudging, in fantasy land, not coming to grips with what violence does.
33As filmmaker, I ask questions but don't have answers. Moviemaking is a philosophical exploration. I invite the audience to come on the journey and discover what they think and feel.
34We've all got the disease - the disease of being finite. Death is the basis of all horror.
35I have no rules. For me, it's a full, full experience to make a movie. It takes a lot of time, and I want there to be a lot of stuff in it. You're looking for every shot in the movie to have resonance and want it to be something you can see a second time, and then I'd like it to be something you can see 10 years later, and it becomes a different movie, because you're a different person. So that means I want it to be deep, not in a pretentious way, but I guess I can say I am pretentious in that I pretend. I have aspirations that the movie should trigger off a lot of complex responses.
36The versions of The Dead Zone (1983) and The Fly (1986) that you find on video carry my name, and they are the films that I made, but I hate the way they look on tape. Too bright.
37If religion is used to allow you to come to terms with death, and also to guide you in how you live your life, then I think art can do the same thing. But in a schematic way, in a much less rigid and absolute way, which is why it appeals to me and religion doesn't.
38You need language for thought, and you need language to anticipate death. There is no abstract thought without language and no anticipation. I think the anticipation of death without language would be impossible.
39Civilization is repression. You don't get civilization without repression of the unconscious, of the id. And the basic appeal of art is to the unconscious. Therefore, art is somewhat subversive of civilization. And yet at the same time it seems necessary for civilization. You don't get civilization without art.
40If you look at a baby, the most fascinating thing to a baby, a newborn, is the human face. The baby will look at your face and watch your face move and want to touch it. If it's a fantastic head and what it's talking about is fantastic, then you can't have anything better. It's the best!
41I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontations. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you're making a horror film doesn't mean you can't make an artful film.
42Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion.
43All stereotypes turn out to be true. This is a horrifying thing about life. All those things you fought against as a youth: you begin to realize they're stereotypes because they're true.
44When you're in the muck, you can only see muck. If you somehow manage to float above it, you still see the muck, but you see it from a different perspective. And you see other things, too. That's the consolation of philosophy.
45[on the exploding head in Scanners (1981)] Yeah, it is isn't just a special effect in a vacuum.
46Drugs and creativity don't go together for me. Like everybody in the '60s, I had one acid trip and some cocaine and hash, you know, the stuff everyone did. But it's been 30 or 40 years since I bothered to do that. What I need is clarity. Even not having enough sleep is a problem for me, never mind doing any kind of drugs.
47Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
48You have to believe in God before you can say there are things that man was not meant to know. I don't think there's anything man wasn't meant to know. There are just some stupid things that people shouldn't do.
49My dentist said to me the other day: I've enough problems in my life, so why should I see your films?
50Since I see technology as being an extension of the human body, it's inevitable that it should come home to roost.
51It's my conceit that perhaps some diseases perceived as diseases that destroy a well-functioning machine actually turn it into a new but still well-functioning machine with a different purpose. The AIDS virus: look at it from its point of view. Very vital, very excited, really having a good time. It's really a triumph if you're a virus. See the movies from the disease's point of view. You can see why they would resist all attempts to destroy them. These are all cerebral games, but they have emotional correlatives as well.
1Inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999.
2He once said that Scanners (1981) was the most frustrating directing job he'd ever had.
3Has directed 2 actors to Oscar nominations: William Hurt (Best Supporting Actor, A History of Violence (2005)) and Viggo Mortensen (Best Actor, Eastern Promises (2007)).
4Profiled in "American Classic Screen Interviews" (Scarecrow Press). [2010]
5Has often referred to The Brood (1979) as his own twisted version of Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
6His father was a journalist and his mother played the piano. These roles are reversed in The Fly (1986), in which Jeff Goldblum plays the piano to impress Geena Davis, who plays a journalist.
7His regular cinematographer until 1988 was Mark Irwin until Dead Ringers (1988), on which Irwin was unable to work because of his commitment to The Blob (1988). Cronenberg then hired Peter Suschitzky, who became his regular cinematographer, and Cronenberg and Irwin have not worked together since then.
8Turned down the chance to direct RoboCop (1987).
9Turned down the chance to direct Top Gun (1986).
10At one point he was in line to direct The Singing Detective (2003), with Al Pacino in the lead.
11Has admired bugs and insects since childhood. This fascination has lingered on, and can be felt through many of his films.
12Cites Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) as his inspiration for becoming a filmmaker. It was screened at the University of Toronto when he was a student.
13Father of Assistant Director Cassandra Cronenberg.
14Deferred his own salary to make Spider (2002).
15Father died at age 61.
16Father was a bookstore owner and sometime columnist for the Toronto Telegram. Mother was a piano rehearsal accompanist for the National Ballet.
17His crew referred to the final Brundlefly monster seen in the climax of The Fly (1986) as the Space Bug.
18Was offered the chance to direct Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) but he declined.
19Directed an episode of Friday the 13th: The Series (1987), The Services, called Faith Healer. 13 years later, he appeared in the Friday the 13th film (unreleated to the series), Jason X (2001).
20President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 52nd Cannes International Film Festival in 1999.
21John Carpenter paid homage to him in Escape from New York (1981). One of the United States Police Force guards is on the line with Hauk, then adds that Cronenberg is on the line for him. Another person paid homage to in the movie was George A. Romero, who had Isaac Hayes's right-hand man named after him.
22His father was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and his mother was born in Toronto, Ontario. All of his grandparents were Lithuanian Jewish immigrants.
23Uncle of Aaron Woodley
24Father of Caitlin Cronenberg and Brandon Cronenberg.
25Brother of costume designer Denise Cronenberg.
26Was set to direct Total Recall (1990). He even wrote a few drafts of the script before Paul Verhoeven took over.
27Costumes in his films are usually designed by his sister Denise Cronenberg.


Maps to the Stars2014
The Nest2013/IIShort
A Dangerous Method2011
Eastern Promises2007
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence2007segment "At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World"
A History of Violence2005
Short62001segment "Camera"
M. Butterfly1993
Naked Lunch1991
Scales of Justice1990-1991TV Series 2 episodes
Dead Ringers1988
Friday the 13th: The Series1988TV Series 1 episode
The Fly1986
The Dead Zone1983
The Brood1979
Fast Company1979
Teleplay1976TV Series 1 episode
Peep Show1976TV Series 2 episodes
Don Valley1972TV Short
Fort York1972TV Short
In the Dirt1972TV Short
Lakeshore1972TV Short
Scarborough Bluffs1972TV Short
Winter Garden1972TV Short
Programme X1972TV Series 1 episode
Jim Ritchie Sculptor1971TV Movie
Letter from Michelangelo1971TV Movie
Tourettes1971TV Movie
Crimes of the Future1970
From the Drain1967Short


Consumed2014Video screenplay / story
Short62001segment "Camera"
eXistenZ1999written by
Crash1996written by
Scanner Cop II1995Video characters
Scanner Cop1994Video characters
Naked Lunch1991written by
Scanners III: The Takeover1991Video characters
Scanners II: The New Order1991characters
Dead Ringers1988written by
The Fly1986screenplay
Videodrome1983written by
Scanners1981written by
The Brood1979written by
Fast Company1979screenplay
Rabid1977written by
Teleplay1976TV Series written by - 1 episode
Shivers1975written by
Don Valley1972TV Short
Fort York1972TV Short
In the Dirt1972TV Short
Lakeshore1972TV Short
Scarborough Bluffs1972TV Short
Winter Garden1972TV Short
Jim Ritchie Sculptor1971TV Movie
Letter from Michelangelo1971TV Movie
Tourettes1971TV Movie
Crimes of the Future1970
From the Drain1967Short


The Grace of God1998Psychiatrist
Last Night1998/IDuncan
Extreme Measures1996Hospital Lawyer
The Stupids1996Postal Supervisor
Henry & Verlin1996Doc Fisher
Crash1996Auto Wreck Salesman (voice, uncredited)
Moonshine Highway1996TV MovieClem Clayton
Blood & Donuts1995Crime Boss
To Die For1995Man at Lake
Trial by Jury1994Director
Boozecan1994Stan Coleburn
Nightbreed1990Dr. Philip K. Decker
Dead Ringers1988Obstetrician (uncredited)
The Fly1986Gynecologist
Into the Night1985Group Supervisor
Videodrome1983Max Renn in helmet (uncredited)
Shivers1975Infected in the crowd / The stabbed shoulder (uncredited)
Alias Grace2017TV Series post-production
Tomorrow's Shadows2016Short completedG.O.D.
Pig Goat Banana Cricket2017TV SeriesDr. Cronenbird
Ape Sodom2016ShortNarrator (voice)
Consumed2014VideoInterviewer (voice)
The Nest2013/IIShortDr. Molnar (voice)
Rewind2013TV MovieRourke
Happy Town2010TV SeriesDr. Leichman
Barney's Version2010O'Malley Director #2
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence2007The suicidal man (segment "At the suicide of the last Jew in the world in the last cinema in the world")
Alias2003TV SeriesDr. Brezzel
Jason X2001Dr. Wimmer
The Judge2001TV MovieDet. Stobel
Resurrection1999Father Rousell


Don Valley1972TV Short
Fort York1972TV Short
In the Dirt1972TV Short
Lakeshore1972TV Short
Scarborough Bluffs1972TV Short
Winter Garden1972TV Short
Jim Ritchie Sculptor1971TV Movie
Letter from Michelangelo1971TV Movie
Tourettes1971TV Movie
Crimes of the Future1970
From the Drain1967Short


Don Valley1972TV Short
Fort York1972TV Short
In the Dirt1972TV Short
Lakeshore1972TV Short
Scarborough Bluffs1972TV Short
Winter Garden1972TV Short
Jim Ritchie Sculptor1971TV Movie
Letter from Michelangelo1971TV Movie
Tourettes1971TV Movie
Crimes of the Future1970
From the Drain1967Short


Consumed2014Video executive producer
The Plan2008/IShort executive producer
I'm Losing You1998executive producer
Dead Ringers1988producer
Jim Ritchie Sculptor1971TV Movie producer
Crimes of the Future1970producer
Transfer1966Short producer

Production Manager

Across This Land with Stompin' Tom Connors1973Documentary assistant production manager

Sound Department

Transfer1966Short sound


Mental Saboteur2014Video short special thanks
The Scanners Way: Creating the Special Effects in 'Scanners'2014Video documentary short special thanks
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
Candy2013/IShort special thanks
The Double2013thanks
Pacific Rim2013special thanks
Citizens of Cosmopolis2012Video documentary very special thanks
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter2011special thanks
Down to Sleep2011special thanks
Crank Up2010Short special thanks
Tub2010Short special thanks
Skinwalkers2006the producers wish to thank
Fear of the Flesh: The Making of 'The Fly'2005Video documentary very special thanks
Imagining 'Total Recall'2001Video documentary short special thanks
Resolving Power2001Short thanks
The Directors1999TV Series documentary acknowledgment - 1 episode
Highway 611991special thanks
Escape from New York1981special thanks


Le petit journal2016TV SeriesHimself
Breakthrough2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinema 31989-2015TV SeriesHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
Katie Chats2014TV SeriesHimself
Tales from the Organ Trade2013TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
In Studio: Genie Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Citizens of Cosmopolis2012Video documentaryHimself
The Hour2012TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
Kulturzeit2012TV SeriesHimself
Une journée particulière2012DocumentaryHimself
Film '722012TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2005-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Días de cine2011TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHimself
55th BFI London Film Festival2011TV SpecialHimself
At the Movies2011TV SeriesHimself
Produce Your Own Damn Movie!2011Video documentaryHimself
Long Story Short: CBC Turns 752011TV SpecialHimself
Cronenberg: The Early Years2011Video documentary shortHimself
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within2010DocumentaryHimself
Jornal Nacional2009TV SeriesHimself
Deutschland, deine Künstler2008TV Series documentaryHimself
28th Annual Genie Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
On Screen!2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Eastern Promises: Secrets and Stories2007Video shortHimself
Eastern Promises: Two Guys Walk Into a Bathhouse2007Video shortHimself
The Culture Show2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Ceremonia de apertura - 55º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2007TV MovieHimself
El blog de Cayetana2007TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Tracks2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Memories from 'The Dead Zone'2006Video shortHimself
The Look of 'The Dead Zone'2006Video shortHimself
The Politics of 'The Dead Zone'2006Video shortHimself
Visions and Horror from 'The Dead Zone'2006Video shortHimself
Torrent2006TV SeriesHimself
L'hebdo cinéma2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Too Commercial for Cannes2006ShortHimself
Acts of Violence2006Video documentaryHimself
The Unmaking of Scene 442006Video shortHimself
Violence's History: United States Version vs. International Version2006Video documentary shortHimself
Dusty Wright's Culture CatchCulture Catch2005TV SeriesHimself
SexTV2003-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Tout le monde en parle2005TV SeriesHimself
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
Go' morgen Danmark2005TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentary shortHimself
Comme au cinéma2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Best of Secter & the Rest of Secter2005DocumentaryHimself
Je t'aime... moi non plus: Artistes et critiques2004DocumentaryHimself
La caja negra2004TV Series documentaryHimself
100 Greatest Sexy Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Open Mike with Mike Bullard2003TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2003TV Series
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Jason X'2002Video short documentaryHimself
Masters of Horror2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Record Man: The Life and Times of Sam Sniderman2002Documentary shortHimself
Festival Pass with Chris Gore2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The American Nightmare2000DocumentaryHimself
Royal Canadian Air Farce1999TV SeriesHimself
Cinéma, de notre temps1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Festival international de Cannes1996-1999TV SeriesHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Cronenberg Interview: Rabid1998Video documentary shortHimself
Cronenberg Interview: Shivers1998Video documentary shortHimself
David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme1997TV Short documentaryHimself
The Newsroom1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Review1996TV SeriesHimself - Interview at London Film Festival
Naked Making Lunch1992DocumentaryHimself
Maniac Mansion1992TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Untitled 'Naked Lunch' Featurette1991ShortHimself
The Media Show1988-1989TV Series documentaryHimself
Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
De película1987TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Take One: Fear on Film1982TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Welcome to the Basement2013TV SeriesHimself
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics2010Video documentaryHimself
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Un écran nommé désir2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fear of the Flesh: The Making of 'The Fly'2005Video documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
X-Rated2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentaryDuncan
The Fly Papers: The Buzz on Hollywood's Scariest Insect2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
To the Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nightbreed: The Interactive Movie1990Video GameDr. Philip K. Decker

Won Awards

2015DGC Lifetime Achievement AwardDirectors Guild of Canada
2014Filmmaker on the Edge AwardProvincetown International Film Festival
2012DGC Craft AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaDirection - Feature FilmA Dangerous Method (2011)
2012DGC Team AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaFeature FilmA Dangerous Method (2011)
2012VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director - Canadian FilmA Dangerous Method (2011)
2011Tribute AwardGotham Awards
2008DGC Team AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaFeature FilmEastern Promises (2007)
2008DGC Craft AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaDirection - Feature FilmEastern Promises (2007)
2008Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Eastern Promises (2007)
2008Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Eastern Promises (2007)
2008VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director in a Canadian FilmEastern Promises (2007)
2007Douglas Sirk AwardHamburg Film Festival
2007People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalEastern Promises (2007)
2006Golden CoachCannes Film Festival
2006COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2006CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2006DGC Craft AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaOutstanding Direction - Feature FilmA History of Violence (2005)
2006DGC Team AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaOutstanding Feature FilmA History of Violence (2005)
2006Critics AwardFrench Syndicate of Cinema CriticsBest Foreign FilmA History of Violence (2005)
2006ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2006NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2006OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2006Sonny Bono Visionary AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
2006Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)A History of Violence (2005)
2006Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)A History of Violence (2005)
2006BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)A History of Violence (2005)
2005Billy Wilder AwardNational Board of Review, USA
2005Lifetime Achievement AwardStockholm Film Festival
2005TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2005VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2003DGC Team AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaOutstanding Achievement in a Feature FilmSpider (2002)
2003DGC Craft AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaOutstanding Achievement in Direction - Feature FilmSpider (2002)
2003GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionSpider (2002)
2003Audience AwardJeonju Film FestivalSpider (2002)
2002Special Jury PrizeGhent International Film FestivalFor his whole work as a film maker.
2002Time-Machine Honorary AwardSitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
2002Best DirectorSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalSpider (2002)
2002Best Canadian Feature FilmToronto International Film FestivalSpider (2002)
1999Silver Scream AwardAmsterdam Fantastic Film FestivaleXistenZ (1999)
1999Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalOutstanding Artistic ContributioneXistenZ (1999)
1996Jury Special PrizeCannes Film FestivalCrash (1996)
1996GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionCrash (1996)
1996GenieGenie AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedCrash (1996)
1996Golden Reel AwardGenie AwardsCrash (1996)
1992GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionNaked Lunch (1991)
1992NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorNaked Lunch (1991)
1992NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayNaked Lunch (1991)
1991BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ScreenplayNaked Lunch (1991)
1991NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayNaked Lunch (1991)
1989GenieGenie AwardsBest Motion PictureDead Ringers (1988)
1989GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionDead Ringers (1988)
1989GenieGenie AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedDead Ringers (1988)
1989Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Foreign DirectorDead Ringers (1988)
1989Grand PrizeAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalDead Ringers (1988)
1989C.S.T. AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalDead Ringers (1988)
1988LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorDead Ringers (1988)
1987Special Jury AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe Fly (1986)
1984Best Science-Fiction FilmBrussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF)Videodrome (1983)
1984Best FilmFantafestivalThe Dead Zone (1983)
1984Audience AwardFantafestivalThe Dead Zone (1983)
1984GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionVideodrome (1983)
1984Suspense AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe Dead Zone (1983)
1984Critics AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe Dead Zone (1983)
1984Antennae II AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe Dead Zone (1983)
1983International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmScanners (1981)
1981Prize of the International Critics' Jury - Special MentionSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalThe Brood (1979)
1977Medalla Sitges en Plata de LeySitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest ScreenplayRabid (1977)
1975Medalla Sitges en Oro de LeySitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest DirectorShivers (1975)

Nominated Awards

2015Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in DirectionMaps to the Stars (2014)
2014Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalMaps to the Stars (2014)
2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAdapted ScreenplayCosmopolis (2012)
2013ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayCosmopolis (2012)
2013OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayCosmopolis (2012)
2013VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director - Canadian FilmCosmopolis (2012)
2012Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalCosmopolis (2012)
2012GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionA Dangerous Method (2011)
2012MariaSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest Motion PictureCosmopolis (2012)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest DirectorCosmopolis (2012)
2011Golden LionVenice Film FestivalA Dangerous Method (2011)
2011VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest DirectorA Dangerous Method (2011)
2011Black Pearl AwardAbu Dhabi Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureA Dangerous Method (2011)
2008CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Eastern Promises (2007)
2008GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionEastern Promises (2007)
2008IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Picture (Miglior film)Eastern Promises (2007)
2008IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Director (Miglior regia)Eastern Promises (2007)
2008OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorEastern Promises (2007)
2008Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsEastern Promises (2007)
2008BodilBodil AwardsBest Non-American Film (Bedste ikke-amerikanske film)Eastern Promises (2007)
2007British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest DirectorEastern Promises (2007)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorEastern Promises (2007)
2007TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorEastern Promises (2007)
2006CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)A History of Violence (2005)
2006DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)A History of Violence (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureA History of Violence (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2006IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Director (Miglior regia)A History of Violence (2005)
2006ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearA History of Violence (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureA History of Violence (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2006Scream AwardScream AwardsBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2006VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2005Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalA History of Violence (2005)
2005Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest FeatureA History of Violence (2005)
2005SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2002Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalSpider (2002)
2002Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsSpider (2002)
2002GenieGenie AwardsBest Live Action Short DramaCamera (2000)
2002Grand PrixGhent International Film FestivalSpider (2002)
2002Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalSpider (2002)
2000Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ScreenplayeXistenZ (1999)
2000GenieGenie AwardsBest Motion PictureeXistenZ (1999)
1999Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivaleXistenZ (1999)
1999Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivaleXistenZ (1999)
1996Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalCrash (1996)
1996GenieGenie AwardsBest Motion PictureCrash (1996)
1992International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmNaked Lunch (1991)
1992Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalNaked Lunch (1991)
1990Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingDead Ringers (1988)
1989International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmDead Ringers (1988)
1989Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Dead Ringers (1988)
1987International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmThe Fly (1986)
1987HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationThe Fly (1986)
1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Fly (1986)
1984GenieGenie AwardsBest ScreenplayVideodrome (1983)
1984Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Dead Zone (1983)
1984Grand PrizeAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe Dead Zone (1983)
1982GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionScanners (1981)
1982GenieGenie AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalScanners (1981)

2nd Place Awards

2005LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
2005NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorA History of Violence (2005)
1989NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayDead Ringers (1988)

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