Curtis Harrington

Curtis Harrington

director, writer, actor

Curtis Harrington was born on Sep 17, 1926 in USA. Curtis Harrington's big-screen debut came with Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome directed by Kenneth Anger in 1954, strarring Cesare / Slave / Sleep-walker. Curtis Harrington is known for Gods and Monsters directed by Bill Condon, Ian McKellen stars as James Whale and Brendan Fraser as Clayton Boone. Curtis Harrington has got 1 awards and 1 nominations so far. The most recent award Curtis Harrington achieved is Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA. The upcoming new movie Curtis Harrington plays is Gods and Monsters which will be released on Nov 04, 1998.

Curtis Harrington was an excellent and shamefully underrated writer and director who specialized in marvelously offbeat and atmospheric low-budget independent horror pictures. Harrington was born on September 17, 1926, in Los Angeles and grew up in Beaumont, California. A hardcore film buff from a very young age, Harrington worked as a movie theater usher, a messenger at Paramount and a stagehand during his younger days. He made his first 8mm effort at age 14 and attended UCLA. In the 1940s and 1950s Harrington made a string of experimental avant-garde underground shorts, such as Picnic (1949), Fragment of Seeking (1946), "The Assignation" and "Wormwood Star". He was the cinematographer on Kenneth Anger's Puce Moment (1949) and acted in Anger's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954).Harrington also was involved with fellow avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren. He began working for Jerry Wald Productions at 20th Century-Fox in 1957 and served as a producer's assistant on several big-budget pictures, including Les Plaisirs de l'enfer (1957) and Les feux de l'été (1958). In 1961 he made a strong--and impressive--feature-film debut with the nicely moody and quirky Marée nocturne (1961)_. His follow-up features were a pleasingly diverse, idiosyncratic and often entertaining bunch, and included the nifty sci-fi/horror Alien - Le 8ème passager (1979) precursor Queen of Blood (1966) and the delightfully campy Shelley Winters vehicles Mais qui a tué tante Roo? (1972) and What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) (the latter was Harrington's personal favorite of all his films), the perverse The Killing Kind (1973) and the immensely fun Ruby (1977). Moreover, Harrington directed a handful of solid and satisfying made-for-TV offerings: Vengeance en différé (1970), The Cat Creature (1973), La révolte des abeilles (1974), The Dead Don't Die (1975) and the hilariously horrible Les chiens de l'enfer (1978). In addition, Harrington directed episodes of such popular TV shows as Dynastie (1981), La quatrième dimension (1959), Dynastie II: Les Colby (1985), Hôtel (1983). Wonder Woman (1975) and Drôles de dames (1976). Harrigton's final film was the typically oddball short Usher (2000).Curtis Harrington died at age 80 from complications following a stroke on May 6th, 2007.

  • Birthday

    Sep 17, 1926
  • Place of Birth

    Los Angeles, California, USA

Known For


1 wins & 1 nominations

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
Special Achievement in Television
Winner - Golden Scroll