David Lynch (I)

David Lynch (I)


Missoula, Montana, USA

Birth Name

David Keith Lynch



Also Known As

David Keith Lynch, Judas Booth
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David Lynch, born David Keith Lynch on January 20, 1946 in Missoula, Montana, is an avant-garde American filmmaker. Originally intending to be a painter, Lynch attended both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. While at the latter, Lynch made…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • David Lynch decided to take the job of directing "Dune" after producer Dino De Laurentiis agreed to give Lynch complete control on the next film Lynch decided to do. Even though "Dune" was a commercial failure, De Laurentiis kept his promise and Lynch got full control to make "Blue Velvet."

    • David Lynch's film Mulholland Dr. was originally intended to be the pilot for an ongoing TV series for fall of 2000. When it was rejected, he shot additional scenes to resolve most of the plot and the film was released in 2001.

    • In the "Stories" feature on the Eraserhead DVD, Lynch mentions that he ate french fries and grilled cheese almost every day while on the set.

    • His Astrological sign is Aquarius.

    • He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall.

    • In 1970, David enrolled in the American Film Institutes's Center for Advanced Film Studies in Los Angeles and made the short film entitled The Grandmother.

    • David was very close friends with actor John Nance until Nance was murdered in 1996.

    • In 1967, he was awarded an American Film Institute Grant because of the two short student films he had made.

    • David had a solo exhibition at the Rodger La Pelle Galleries in Philadelphia in 1987.

    • David's 1986 film Blue Velvet was the film that established Lynch as an internationally-renowned director.

    • From 1972-1976, David literally lived on the set of his film Eraserhead as he put all his time and money into the project.

    • David wrote the Gordon Cole character from Twin Peaks with himself in mind.

    • David sometimes goes into the chat area of his site under a different name to see what people think his movies are actually about.

    • David reportedly ate lunch at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles nearly every day for almost eight years in a row.

    • David says his favorite band is Rammstein.

    • In 1992, David had a son with his frequent film editor Mary Sweeney, named Riley.

    • While in college, David roomed with Peter Wolf, the former lead singer of the J. Geils Band.

    • David dated and lived with actress Isabella Rossellini from 1986-1991.

    • David attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, PA.

    • David's daughter, Jennifer Lynch, is also a filmmaker.

    • David actually drew and wrote the comic strip, The Angriest Dog in the World that ran in the Los Angeles Reader newspaper throughout the 1980's.

    • David cites directors Luis Buñuel, Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick and Roman Polanski as some of his influences.

    • David was once offered the chance to direct the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but he turned it down saying it wasn't for him.

    • David was the president of the grand jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

    • He was an Eagle Scout.

  • Quotes

    • David Lynch: I sort of go by a duck when I work on a film because if you study a duck, you'll see certain things. You'll see a bill, and the bill is a certain texture and a certain length. Then you'll see a head, and the features on the head are a certain texture and it's a certain shape and it goes into the neck. The texture of the bill for instance is very smooth and it has quite precise detail in it and it reminds you somewhat of the legs. The legs are a little bit bigger and a little more rubbery but it's enough so that your eye goes back and forth. Now, the body being so big, it can be softer and the texture is not so detailed, it's just kind of a cloud. And the key to the whole duck is the eye and where the eye is placed. And it has to be placed in the head and it's the most detailed, and it's like a little jewel. And if it was fixed, sitting on the bill, it would be two things that were too busy, battling, they would not do so well. And if it was sitting in the middle of the body, it would get lost. But it's so perfectly placed to show off a jewel right in the middle of the head like that, next to this S-curve with the bill sitting out in front, but with enough distance so that the eye is very very very well secluded and set out. So when you're working on a film, a lot of times you can get the bill and the legs and the body and everything, but this eye of the duck is a certain scene, this jewel, that if it's there, it's absolutely beautiful. It's just fantastic." "Film exists because we can go and have experiences that would be pretty dangerous or strange for us in real life. We can go into a room and walk into a dream. If we didn't want to upset anyone, we would make films about sewing, but even that could be dangerous. But I think finally, in a film, it is how the balance is and the feelings are. But I think there has to be those contrasts and strong things withing a film for the total experience.

    • David Lynch: Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.

    • David Lynch: I like things to be orderly. For seven years I ate at Bob's Big Boy. I would go at 2:30, after the lunch rush. I ate a chocolate shake and four, five, six, seven cups of coffee--with lots of sugar. And there's lots of sugar in that chocolate shake. It's a thick shake. In a silver goblet. I would get a rush from all this sugar, and I would get so many ideas! I would write them on these napkins. It was like I had a desk with paper. All I had to do was remember to bring my pen, but a waitress would give me one if I remembered to return it at the end of my stay. I got a lot of ideas at Bob's.