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John Waters was born on the 22nd April 1946, in Baltimore, Maryland USA, into a Roman-Catholic family He is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, author, stand-up comedian, and art collector, who came to prominence in the early ’70’s with his transgressive films featuring his regular ensemble of actors including Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, and Edith Massey. Water’s most notable films have been “Pink Flamingos” (1972), “Desperate Living” (1977), “Hairspray” (1988), and “Cry-Baby” (1990). The controversial director with a trademark pencil moustache has made a fortune in the movie industry. His career started in 1964.
Have you ever wondered how rich Jon Waters is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Waters’ net worth is $38 million. In addition to directing, Waters is also a recognized writer and actor, worked on both TV and the big screen, which has helped him generate a significant amount of money.

John Waters Net Worth $38 Million

John Samuel Waters, Jr. is a son of John Samuel Waters, a manufacturer of fire protection equipment, and Patricia Ann. He grew up in the Baltimore suburb of Lutherville; his best friend – the muse Divine – also lived in Lutherville. He went to the private Calvert School in Baltimore, and then attended Towson Jr. High School and Calvert Hall College High School, before Waters matriculated from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.
Waters got an 8mm camera as a present for his 16th birthday and made his unofficial debut with the short film “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket” in 1964. His first feature film was “Eat Your Makeup” (1968), followed soon after by “Mondo Trasho” (1969), “Multiple Maniacs” (1970), “Pink Flamingos” (1972), “Female Trouble” (1974), and “Desperate Living” (1977). All his early films were shot in Baltimore, and Waters used local actors and friends to perform in them. a group called “The Dreamlanders”. They were trash and controversy movies, but Waters still earned a nice amount of money thanks to them. He began leaning toward the mainstream in the early ’80’s.
In 1981, Waters directed “Polyester”, starring Divine and Tab Hunter, but “Hairspray” (1988), with Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown and Divine was different from his early work, as he chose to minimize the thrash and unpleasant scenes. Everything changed when Divine died soon afterwards, and without his muse, Waters changed his style for good. He filmed “Cry Baby” (1990) starring Johnny Depp, “Serial Mom” (1994) with Kathleen Turner, “Pecker” (1998) with Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci, and “Cecil B. DeMented” (2000) starring Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff. Waters’ most recent movie is “Kiddie Flamingos” in 2015.
As an actor, Waters had his debut in Jonathan Demme’s comedy “Something Wild” (1986). He made notable appearances in his “Hairspray” (1988), Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999), Richard Bates Jr. horror “Excision” (2012), and “Suburban Gothic” (2014), from the same director. Waters’ latest movie is the Christmas animated horror movie “Mugworth”, currently in post-production.
Regarding his personal life, John Waters is an openly gay man, and has always supported gay rights and gay pride. He passion is ownship of a collection of over 8,000 books. Waters usually resides in Baltimore, but has residences in New York, San Francisco, and Provincetown as well.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mugworth post-production Sir Butler
Clarence 2016 TV Series Captain Tom
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 2015 First Class Passenger
Mr. Pickles 2014 TV Series Dr. Kelton
Suburban Gothic 2014 Cornelius
Mickey Mouse 2013 TV Series short
The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia 2012 TV Series J.W.
Fish Hooks 2012 TV Series The Yeti Lobster
Excision 2012 William
Mangus! 2011 Jesus Christ
Hairspray 2007 Flasher
In the Land of Merry Misfits 2007 Narrator
Each Time I Kill 2007 Movie Watcher
My Name Is Earl 2007 TV Series Funeral Director
'Til Death Do Us Part 2006-2007 TV Series The Groom Reaper
Seed of Chucky 2004 Pete Peters
Dead Like Me 2004 TV Series Old man in WaffleHouse
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat 2002 The Reverend
Cecil B. DeMented 2000 Reporter (uncredited)
Sweet and Lowdown 1999 Mr. Haynes
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 John Waters
Pecker 1998 Pervert on Phone (voice, uncredited)
Frasier 1998 TV Series Roger
Anarchy TV 1998
The Simpsons 1997 TV Series John
Homicide: Life on the Street 1993-1995 TV Series R. Vincent Smith / Bartender
Serial Mom 1994 Ted Bundy (voice, uncredited)
Family Album 1994 TV Series Vincent
21 Jump Street 1990 TV Series Mr. Bean
Homer and Eddie 1989 Robber #1
Hairspray 1988 Dr. Fredrickson
Something Wild 1986 Used Car Guy
Pink Flamingos 1972 Mr. J (voice, uncredited)
Mondo Trasho 1969 Reporter (voice, uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hairspray Live! 2016 TV Movie original screenplay
Kiddie Flamingos 2015
Hairspray 2007 1988 screenplay
This Filthy World 2006 Documentary written by
John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You 2006 TV Series writer - 13 episodes
A Dirty Shame 2004 written by
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary written by
Cecil B. DeMented 2000 written by
Pecker 1998 written by
Serial Mom 1994 written by
Cry-Baby 1990 written by
Hairspray 1988 written by
Polyester 1981 written by
Desperate Living 1977
Female Trouble 1974 written by
Pink Flamingos 1972
Multiple Maniacs 1970
The Diane Linkletter Story 1970 Short
Mondo Trasho 1969 written by
Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head 1968 Short
Eat Your Makeup 1968 writer
Roman Candles 1966 Short
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket 1964 Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kiddie Flamingos 2015
A Dirty Shame 2004
Cecil B. DeMented 2000
Pecker 1998
Serial Mom 1994
Cry-Baby 1990
Hairspray 1988
Polyester 1981
Desperate Living 1977
Female Trouble 1974
Pink Flamingos 1972
Multiple Maniacs 1970
The Diane Linkletter Story 1970 Short
Mondo Trasho 1969
Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head 1968 Short
Eat Your Makeup 1968
Roman Candles 1966 Short
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket 1964 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hairspray 1988 co-producer
Polyester 1981 producer
Desperate Living 1977 producer
Female Trouble 1974 producer
Pink Flamingos 1972 producer
Multiple Maniacs 1970 producer
The Diane Linkletter Story 1970 Short producer
Mondo Trasho 1969 producer
Eat Your Makeup 1968 producer
Roman Candles 1966 Short producer
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket 1964 Short producer

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Desperate Living 1977
Female Trouble 1974 filmed by
Pink Flamingos 1972
Multiple Maniacs 1970
The Diane Linkletter Story 1970 Short
Mondo Trasho 1969 filmed by
Eat Your Makeup 1968
Roman Candles 1966 Short
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket 1964 Short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Female Trouble 1974
Pink Flamingos 1972
Multiple Maniacs 1970
The Diane Linkletter Story 1970 Short
Mondo Trasho 1969
Eat Your Makeup 1968
Roman Candles 1966 Short
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket 1964 Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cecil B. DeMented 2000 writer: "Bankable Bitch", "No Budget", "Demented Forever"
Pecker 1998 writer: "Straight Boys", "Don't Drop the Soap For Anyone Else But Me"
Serial Mom 1994 writer: "Gas Chamber"
Female Trouble 1974 lyrics: "Female Trouble"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am Divine 2013 Documentary archival material
Hairspray 2007 consultant

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cry-Baby 1990 lyric adapter

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Vixens 2015 very special thanks
Out of Print 2014/I Documentary the director would like to thank
Haunted Trailer 2014 very special thanks
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk 2014 special thanks
Faraday 2013 thanks
Death by VHS 2013 special thanks
First Period 2013 special thanks
I Am Divine 2013 Documentary special thanks
Daisy Derkins, Dogsitter of the Damned 2013 special thanks
The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies 2013 Documentary special thanks
I Used to Be Darker 2013 special thanks
Trashology 2012 special thanks
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! 2010 special thanks
Kaboom 2010 thanks
All About Evil 2010 special thanks
Shine Like Stars 2010 Documentary short special thanks
3rd Shift: Michael's Lament 2009 special thanks
Stiff Jobs 2009 Video special thanks
Little Joe 2009 Documentary thanks
Stupa-Man 2008 special thanks
Abbey of Thelema 2007 special thanks
An American Crime 2007 very special thanks
Madison Class of '64 2006 Short a tribute to the genius of
Yeti: A Love Story 2006 Video special thanks
This Film Is Not Yet Rated 2006 Documentary the producers wish to thank
Small Town Gay Bar 2006 Documentary thanks
All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' 2005 Video documentary very special thanks
That Man: Peter Berlin 2005 Documentary special thanks
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary thanks
Meet Bob Shaye 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Love and Deaf 2004 Short thanks
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 special thanks
Latin Boys Go to Hell 1997 thank you
Headless Body in Topless Bar 1995 special thanks
Homicide: Life on the Street 1995 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Love Four 1994 Video acknowledgment: super duper extra special thanks to
Poison 1991 thanks
Paris Is Burning 1990 Documentary special thanks
The Passing 1985 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Liberation Is My Lover 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Cult Queen Mary Woronov from Warhol to Corman 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
At the Video Store Documentary post-production Himself
Where Is My Needle?! The Brandon Novak Story Documentary filming Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2005-2017 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Panelist
Mansfield 66/67 2017 Documentary Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Himself
The Arts Show 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Beyond the Beyond 2016/II Documentary short Himself
Whatever Happened to Gelitin 2016 Documentary
The New Yorker Presents 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Wall Writers 2016 Documentary Narrator
The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin 2015 Documentary
RuPaul's Drag Race 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Judge
Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story 2015 Documentary
Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 Documentary Himself
Enjoy Your Intermission 2015 Documentary short Himself
Groundbreakers 2015 TV Series Himself - Host
The Playboy Morning Show 2015 TV Series Himself
The Colbert Report 2010-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
HitRECord on TV 2014 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The Last Impresario 2013 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
The Daily Show 1997-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
I Am Divine 2013 Documentary Himself
The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies 2013 Documentary Himself
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Director
The Rep 2012 Documentary Himself
Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open 2012 Documentary Himself
Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film 2012 Documentary Himself
Mansome 2012 Documentary Himself
Of Dolls and Murder 2012 Documentary Himself - Narrator
CQC: Custe o Que Custar 2012 TV Series Himself
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Announcer
Días de cine 2011 TV Series Himself
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The Advocate for Fagdom 2011 Documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 2011 TV Series Himself
These Amazing Shadows 2011 Documentary Himself
Late Review 2010 TV Series Himself - Cultural Highlights Interviewee
The Graham Norton Show 2007-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hour 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore 2010 Video documentary Himself
Uncle Bob 2010 Documentary Himself
Festivals SUNcovered 2010 TV Series Himself
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Blank City 2010 Documentary
Beautiful Darling 2010 Documentary Himself
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 2010 Documentary Himself
The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! 2010 TV Special documentary Himself
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
It Came from Kuchar 2009 Documentary Himself
Séries express 2009 TV Series Himself
Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself - Filmmaker
The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels 2008 Documentary Himself / Narrator
Sex: The Revolution 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself - Film Director
Starz Inside: In the Gutter 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero 2008 Documentary Himself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2008 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Cry-Baby
Guest of Cindy Sherman 2008 Documentary Himself
SqueezeBox! 2008 Documentary Himself
New Line Cinema: The First Generation and the Next Generation 2008 Video documentary Himself
Speechless 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
You Can't Stop the Beat: The Long Journey of 'Hairspray' 2007 Video documentary Himself
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story 2007 Documentary Himself
Jessica the Hippo 2007 TV Movie documentary voice
Ace of Cakes 2007 TV Series Himself
Obscene 2007 Documentary Himself
The Junior Defenders 2007 Himself
HBO First Look 1994-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Henry Rollins Show 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Shootout 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Happy Birthday Elton! From Madison Square Garden, New York 2007 TV Movie Himself
Queens of Disco 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner 2007 Documentary Himself
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
The Roots of 'Hairspray' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' 2006 Video documentary Himself
Jackass Number Two 2006 Documentary Himself
This Filthy World 2006 Documentary Himself
The Wire: It's All Connected 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off and on Broadway 2006 Video Himself
50 Films to See Before You Die 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 2006 TV Series Himself
Mommie Dearest: Joan Lives On 2006 Video short Himself
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis 2006 Documentary Himself
(buz'be bur'kle)n. A Study in Style 2006 Video short Himself
Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes 2006 Video short Himself
Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades 2006 Video short Himself
Joe Does the Oscars 2006 TV Movie Himself
The Bigger Picture 2006 TV Series Himself
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema 2006 Documentary Himself
John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You 2006 TV Series Himself
This Film Is Not Yet Rated 2006 Documentary Himself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame'
I Love the Holidays 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
I Love the 80's 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
It Came from... Baltimore!! 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Conceiving the 'Seed of Chucky' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream 2005 Documentary Himself
Tracks 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter: Best First Screenplay
That Man: Peter Berlin 2005 Documentary Himself - FIlmmaker
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary Himself - Filmmaker
X-Rated 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Thinking XXX 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
SexTV 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Blondie: Live by Request 2004 TV Movie Himself (voice)
The Graham Norton Effect 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Class of '80 Debbie Harry 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dinner for Five 2004 TV Series Himself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea 2004 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Larry Clark, Great American Rebel 2003 Documentary Himself
Abby Singer 2003 Himself
Art in the Twenty-First Century 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Totally Gay! 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood High 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
V Graham Norton 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
A History of Sex 2003 Documentary Himself
Sylvester: Mighty Real 2002 Documentary short Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1999-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
So Graham Norton 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Cockettes 2002 Documentary Himself
Independent View 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Celtic Crevasse 2002 Short Himself
All About Desire: The Passionate Cinema of Pedro Almodovar 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Save Our History 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Memories of Oz 2001 TV Special short documentary Himself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Indie Sex: Taboos 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Murmurs of the Hearth 2001 Video short Himself
In Bad Taste 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 5 - Cannes 2000 & SXSW 2000 Video documentary Himself
Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story 2000 Documentary Himself
Politically Incorrect 2000 TV Series Himself - panelist
Forever Hollywood 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
El Magacine 1999 TV Series Himself
Intimate Portrait 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Home Movie on John Waters 1998 Documentary short Himself
Little Castles 1998 Documentary short Himself
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1994-1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Divine Trash 1998 Documentary Himself
Anthem 1997 Documentary Himself
Split Screen 1997 TV Series Himself
Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! 1996 Documentary Himself
American Cinema 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Ricki Lake 1994 TV Series Himself
Last Dance 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
Eurotrash 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Gastronomic Getaway 1991 Video short Himself
Hotels 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1988 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Incredibly Strange Film Show 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Divine Waters 1985 Documentary Himself
Emerald City 1977 TV Series Himself
Edith's Shopping Bag 1976 Documentary Himself
Love Letter to Edie 1975 Short documentary Himself
Lady Divine 1975 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Graham Norton Show 2008-2011 TV Series Himself
Carta blanca 2006 TV Series Himself
Silenci? 2005 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 Stephen F. Kolzak Award GLAAD Media Awards
2003 Copper Wing Tribute Award Phoenix Film Festival Phoenix Film Foundation Awards
1999 Filmmaker on the Edge Award Provincetown International Film Festival
1997 Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement Award Chicago Underground Film Festival

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album For the album "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America."
1998 Grand Prix Asturias Gijón International Film Festival Best Feature Pecker (1998)
1989 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Hairspray (1988)
1989 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Hairspray (1988)
1988 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Hairspray (1988)


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#Fact
1 Was good friends with Russ Meyer, the sexploitation filmmaker. As a fan of his work he would often go see his films in the theatre with Divine.
2 Is a well known bibliophile and owns over 8,000 books.
3 Favorite movies are The Wizard of Oz (1939), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), Boom! (1968), Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), I Stand Alone (1998), and Maps to the Stars (2014).
4 In 2008, Waters was planning to make a children's Christmas film called Fruitcake, starring Johnny Knoxville and Parker Posey. Filming was planned for November 2008, but it was shelved in January 2009. In 2010, Waters told the Chicago Tribune that "Independent films that cost $5 million are very hard to get made. I sold the idea, got a development deal, got paid a great salary to write it-and now the company is no longer around, which is the case with many independent film companies these days".
5 Through Richard Owings and his wife Rachel, he is a sixth cousin once removed to Maria Shriver.
6 Has released a collection of his scripts called Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs (Thunder's Mouth Press). [September 2005]
7 Owns a house in San Francisco. [January 2009]
8 His musical, "Hairspray" at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award for Production of a Musical (Large).
9 Son of John Waters Sr. and Pat Waters.
10 Brother-in-law of Sharon Waters.
11 Was considered for the role of Det. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street (1993).
12 Attended Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland.
13 Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002.
14 One of his closest friends is Baltimore based casting director Pat Moran.
15 Maintains a home in north Baltimore, Maryland.
16 Was supposed to have a cameo in American Splendor (2003), as the David Letterman guest holding a alligator.
17 There is a special section of his immense book collection devoted to Liberace.
18 Waters originally wanted a man named "Mr. Ray" to be the narrator of Pink Flamingos (1972). Mr. Ray was famous for his hair-weave radio ads and for his Baltimore accent. Mr. Ray refused, so Waters recorded the voice-over himself, imitating Mr. Ray's voice as "Mr. J."
19 Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 48th Cannes International Film Festival in 1995.
20 Grew his thin pencil-line mustache in honor of Little Richard.
21 Big fan of 1950s director Douglas Sirk and actually got to meet him while in Europe.
22 Bears such a strong resemblance to actor Steve Buscemi that as a joke, John Waters sent out cards with a photo of Buscemi made up to look like Waters.
23 As a youth, he made as much as $50 a week doing puppet shows for the neighborhood children, and was often hired to entertain at birthday parties. He stated that many of his puppet shows were inspired by the gimmick-heavy films of William Castle.
24 Waters has always been very gracious in acknowledging his creative influences, such as Russ Meyer, Otto Preminger, Liberace, William Castle, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Jayne Mansfield, Robert Bresson, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
25 Has taught classes at the Patuxent Institution, a correctional facility located halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The classes are meant as rehabilitation therapy for convicted killers, in which they learn to write about their violent fantasies rather than act them out.
26 Subscribes to more than 80 magazines. Also goes to see just about every movie that comes out and hardly ever rents movies.
27 Older brother of Steve Waters.
28 He is obsessed with true-crime and used to regularly attend gory trials all over the US, where he often saw the same faces in the public galleries.
29 As a youth he would watch adult-only films at the local drive-in, with binoculars.
30 His favorite childhood memory was seeing real blood on the seat of a wrecked car when visiting a scrap yard and fantasizing about lethal car crashes.

#Quote
1 [when asked by a reporter why crossdresser Divine ate a piece of dog dirt in his film Pink Flamingos] It was just a little piece of dogshit, and it made her a star.
2 [on Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)]: Not since Freaks (1932) has there been such a harrowing pairing of a star (the sensational Juliette Binoche) with a cast of genuinely handicapped actors. Once again, the great Bruno Dumont proves he is the ultimate master of cinematic misery.[2013]
3 No film can come near The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)'s snuff-like power to horrify. Just saying that great title out loud should give even real serial killers the creeps.
4 (On The Wizard of Oz (1939)) When they throw the water on the witch, she says, "Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness". That line inspired my life. I sometimes say it to myself before I go to sleep, like a prayer.
5 Irony ruined everything. I wish my movies could have played at drive-ins, but they never did, because of irony. Even the best exploitation movies were never meant to be 'so bad they were good'. They were not made for the intelligentsia. They were made to be violent for real, or to be sexy for real. But now everybody has irony. Even horror films now are ironic. Everybody's in on the joke now. Everybody's hip. Nobody takes anything at face value anymore.
6 Pink Flamingos - I don't think it's my best movie, but God knows the day I die it will be in the first paragraph of my obituary. It helped make trash more respectable. It lasted longer than I ever would have imagined. I still meet young kids who have just seen it and they react with the same disbelief that people did the first time. I'm proud of it. It was made to make fun of censorship laws at the time. All that has kind of faded. If I hadn't done the scene where Divine ate dog shit, Johnny Knoxville would have done it in Jackass. The Jackass movies are the closest in spirit to Pink Flamingos than anything else.
7 No matter what your sexual preference or gender, no one likes a man who is fussy about his looks. You can spend as much time as you want looking good. But don't do it in public.
8 A movie star is someone you want to either get drunk with or have sex with.
9 Sometimes I wish I was a woman, just so that I could get an abortion.
10 I'm 100% gay and about 20% in gay society. Sometimes I'm more comfortable in punk rock clubs than gay clubs. There are just as many rules I rebel from in the gay world as the straight one. I'm gaily incorrect, but I do vote gay.
11 As a child, I always wanted to sit in William Castle's lap, not Santa's!
12 I would never do hard-core pornography, because it looks too much like open-heart surgery.
13 My favorite movie idea is to do a movie where everything's fake -- the trees, the grass, even the sun.
14 If someone threw up at one of my screenings, it would be like a standing ovation.
15 I'll never be able to do a sequel to Pink Flamingos (1972) because it would have to end with Divine taking a shit and the dog eating it.
16 Who on earth would want to assassinate Danny Thomas? It wouldn't even make the front page!
17 I love Judy Garland, but if a reporter were coming to my home, I wouldn't have her music playing. A gay man loving Judy would be like a black person watching a minstrel show.
18 As far as socially redeeming value, I hope I don't have any. [1983]
19 Oh, Squeaky Fromme, where were you when we needed you? [1977: when asked about Anita Bryant]
20 I would love to make a movie for very neurotic children. But then perhaps, I've already done that. I've shown my films at children's birthday parties. They just love them, like Punch and Judy shows.
21 I pride myself on the fact that my work has no socially redeeming value.
22 To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation. But one must remember that there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste.
23 Strive for art in reverse.
24 Some call me director, producer, filmmaker. I prefer to call myself pube-king.
25 "If you can make someone laugh who's dead set against you, that's the first step to winning them over to your side." (2000)
26 "My hobby is extreme Catholic behavior -- BEFORE the Reformation." (2000)

#Trademark
1 Pencil-thin moustache and camp personality
2 Many of his characters have alliterated names (Dawn Davenport, Francine Fishpaw, Tracy Turnblad, Penny Pingleton, Sylvia Stickles).
3 Films combine outrageous subject matter with a sense of humor
4 Casts Mink Stole in nearly all of his films
5 Frequently casts Patricia Hearst
6 All his movies are set in Baltimore

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