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Robert Lee Zemeckis was born on the 14th May 1952, in Chicago, Illinois USA, of Italian and Lithuanian ancestry, and is a director, writer and producer, best known to the world as the lead person behind the camera of the popular franchise film “Back To The Future”. Apart from directing this and it`s sequels, Zemeckis has also directed films such as “Forrest Gump” (1994), “Cast Away” (2004), and “The Walk” (2015), among others. His career has been active since the 1970s.

Have you ever wondered how rich Robert Zemeckis is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Robert`s net worth is as high as $50 million, an amount he has acquired through his successful career in the entertainment industry, using his many talents.

Robert Zemeckis Net Worth $50 Million

Robert is a half Lithuanian from his father`s side, and half Italian from his mother`s side. He went to a Roman Catholic grade school, after which he attended the Fenger Academy High School. Following matriculation, he enrolled at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, from which he graduated in 1973. Ever since he was a small by he was fascinated by television, and often used his parent`s camera to film family holidays and birthdays. It was only a matter of time before he would start to chase his dream, which happened the moment he finished high school.

While in university, Robert wrote and directed the film “the A Field of Honor” (1973), which won him the Student Academy Award, and he presented his creation to one and only Steven Spielberg, who immediately became his mentor. Robert`s first film was released in 1978, entitled “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, co-written by Bob Gale, and although receiving positive critiques it was a commercial failure. Two years later, the two collaborated again, this time on the film “Used Cars”, which, like its predecessor was commercial failure.

In 1984, Robert directed the film “Romancing The Stone”, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner; the film became a complete success, and Robert was encouraged enough to put his own screenplay about a time-travelling teenager onto big screen, which resulted in “Back To The Future”, starring Michael J. Fox, Cristopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. His film garnered positive critiques, and what was more important it grossed enough for Robert to make the sequels “Back To The Future II” (1989), and “Back To The Future III” (1990). His net worth was well set.

With the beginning of the 1990s, Robert started to become more and more popular, and films such as “Death Becomes Her” (1992), and “Forrest Gump” (1994), which became his top film until present day, and “Contact” (1997), all became extremely successful, and increased his net worth by a large margin.

His next project was the film “What Lies Beneath” (2000), starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pheiffer, which became quite successful, and the same year he directed film “Cast Away”, based on the story of the Robinson Crusoe, written by William Broyles Jr. and starring Tom Hanks and Hellen Hunt. Four years later, Robert worked again with Tom Hanks, this time on the animated film “The Polar Express”, which is based on a book of the same name written by Chris Van Allsburg, for which Robert wrote the screenplay, and also featuring Michael Jeter and Chris Copola. The film incorporated a new technique of filming called performance capture, and Robert did an amazing job, receiving positive critiques.

After that, he started working on another performance capture film, the 2007 “Beowulf”, featuring Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins. The film received mostly positive critiques and won two awards, apart from 16 other nominations.

Another Robert`s animations came two years later; a Christmas story written by Charles Dickens was rewritten into movie screenplay by Robert himself, and then directed. With the help of film stars such as Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman, the film received quite positive critiques, however, there were some critics on which the film didn`t have any major impact. Nevertheless, Robert continued with his career, directing films “Flight” (2012), starring Denzel Washington and Nadine Velasquez, “The Walk” (2015), and most recently “Allied” (2016), with stars such as Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

His net worth has also benefited from his work as a producer, putting his name on films such as “Thirteen Ghosts” (2001), “House Of Wax” (2005), and “Real Steel” (2011), among others, all of which added a lot to his net worth.

Thanks to his skills, Robert has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Academy Award in category Best Director for the film “Forrest Gump”, and the Golden Globe for the same film, plus the Directors Guild Award in category Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures. In 2004 he was rewarded with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in motion pictures, among many other awards.

Regarding his personal life, Robert has been married twice; his first wife was Mary Ellen Trainor(1980-2000), with whom he had a son. The next year he married Leslie, and the two now have two children.

Robert is also a pilot, and has more than 1,500 hours in flight; his most used aircraft is the Cirrus SR20.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flight 2012/I producer
Back for the Future 2011 Short executive producer
Real Steel 2011 executive producer
Mars Needs Moms 2011 producer
Behind the Burly Q 2010 Documentary executive producer
A Christmas Carol 2009 producer
Beowulf 2007 producer
The Reaping 2007 producer
Monster House 2006 executive producer
Last Holiday 2006 executive producer
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio 2005 producer
House of Wax 2005 producer
The Polar Express 2004 producer
Gothika 2003 producer
Matchstick Men 2003 executive producer
Ghost Ship 2002 producer
Ritual 2002 producer
Thir13en Ghosts 2001 producer
Cast Away 2000 producer
What Lies Beneath 2000 producer
House on Haunted Hill 1999 producer
Perversions of Science 1997 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Contact 1997 producer
Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House 1996 TV Series executive producer - 1997
Bordello of Blood 1996 executive producer
Tales from the Crypt 1989-1996 TV Series executive producer - 93 episodes
The Frighteners 1996 executive producer
W.E.I.R.D. World 1995 TV Movie executive producer
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight 1995 executive producer
Tales from the Cryptkeeper 1993-1994 TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
Johnny Bago 1993 TV Series producer
Trespass 1992 executive producer
The Public Eye 1992 executive producer
Death Becomes Her 1992 producer
Two-Fisted Tales 1992 TV Movie executive producer
Used Cars 1984 TV Movie executive producer
Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer 2016 Documentary executive producer post-production
School for Scumbags executive producer pre-production
The Ark TV Series executive producer announced
Allied 2016 producer - produced by
The Walk 2015/II producer
Bound by Flesh 2012 Documentary executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doc and Marty Teach Climate Change 2016 Short characters
Arthur 2015 TV Series 1 episode
Back to the Future: Doc Brown Saves the World 2015 Video short
Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition 2015 Video Game characters
The Walk 2015/II screenplay
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 5, Outatime 2011 Video Game characters
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 4, Double Visions 2011 Video Game characters
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 3, Citizen Brown 2011 Video Game characters
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 2, Get Tannen 2011 Video Game characters
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 1, It's About Time 2010 Video Game characters
A Christmas Carol 2009 screenplay
The Polar Express 2004 screenplay
Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure 2001 Video Game concept: Back to the Future
Bordello of Blood 1996 story
Back to the Future 1991-1992 TV Series creator - 26 episodes
Trespass 1992 written by
Back to the Future Part III 1991 Video Game characters
Back to the Future... The Ride 1991 Short characters - uncredited
Back to the Future Part III 1990 characters / story
Back to the Future Part II 1989 characters / story
Back to the Future 1985 written by
Used Cars 1984 TV Movie creator
Used Cars 1980 written by
1941 1979 screenplay / story
I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 written by
Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1975 TV Series story - 1 episode
A Field of Honor 1973 Short written by
The Lift 1972 Short written by

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Allied 2016 directed by
Back to the Future: Doc Brown Saves the World 2015 Video short
The Walk 2015/II
Flight 2012/I
A Christmas Carol 2009
Beowulf 2007
The Polar Express 2004
Cast Away 2000
What Lies Beneath 2000
Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness 1999 TV Movie documentary
Contact 1997
Tales from the Crypt 1989-1995 TV Series 3 episodes
Forrest Gump 1994
Johnny Bago 1993 TV Series 1 episode
Death Becomes Her 1992
Two-Fisted Tales 1992 TV Movie segment "Yellow"
Back to the Future Part III 1990
Back to the Future Part II 1989
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988
Amazing Stories 1986 TV Series 1 episode
Back to the Future 1985
Romancing the Stone 1984
Used Cars 1980
I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978
A Field of Honor 1973 Short
The Lift 1972 Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Director's Chair 2015 TV Series
Make It Happen 1991 Video short

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Idle 2003 Short project mentor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk 2014 special thanks
Consumed 2014/I Short special thanks
Star Wars Droids: The Jawa Adventure 2012 Short special thanks
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 5, Outatime 2011 Video Game special thanks
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 4, Double Visions 2011 Video Game special thanks
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 3, Citizen Brown 2011 Video Game special thanks
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 2, Get Tannen 2011 Video Game special thanks
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 1, It's About Time 2010 Video Game special thanks
Payback in Bolts 2010 Short special thanks for inspiration
The Macabre World of Lavender Williams 2009 Short very special thanks
Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion 2009 special thanks
Looking Back to the Future 2009 Video documentary special thanks
Weird Science Whatever 2008 Short special thanks for inspiration
A Hero's Journey: The Making of Beowulf 2008 Video documentary short special thanks
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert 2008 Documentary special thanks
Call This a Cry for Help 2007 Video very special thanks
Enfants terribles 2005 special thanks
Back to the Future: Making the Trilogy 2002 Video documentary special thanks
S1m0ne 2002 special thanks
Tales from the Cryptkeeper 1999 TV Series special thanks - 13 episodes
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Crypt Keeper Presents: A Spine-Tingling Look at Tales from the Crypt 1995 Documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
First Steps: Learning to Walk the Wire 2016 Video documentary short Himself
The Amazing Walk 2016 Video documentary short Himself
The Walk: Pillars of Support 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Back in Time 2015 Documentary Himself
Milius 2013 Documentary Himself
Cinema 3 2013 TV Series Himself
AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Morning America 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Charlie Rose 1994-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hour 2012 TV Series Himself
Brian May's Brief History of 3D 2011 Documentary Himself
Ace of Cakes 2011 TV Series Himself
Tales from the Future 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Xposé 2009 TV Series Himself
Looking Back to the Future 2009 Video documentary Himself
A Hero's Journey: The Making of Beowulf 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Beasts of Burden Designing the Creatures of Beowulf 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Beowulf: Mapping the Journey 2008 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Creating the Ultimate Beowulf 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Art of Beowulf 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Origins of Beowulf 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Rekindling the Romance: A Look Back at 'Romancing the Stone' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Looking Back at the Future 2006 Documentary Himself
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
4Pop 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
HBO First Look 1997-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Shootout 2004 TV Series Himself
Behind the Ears: The True Story of Roger Rabbit 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: On Set! 2003 Video short Himself
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Toon Stand-Ins 2003 Video short Himself
Back to the Future: Making the Trilogy 2002 Video documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks 2002 TV Special Himself
The Island 2001 Video short Himself
The Making of 'Cast Away' 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Wilson: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra 2001 Video documentary short Himself
MADtv 2001 TV Series Himself
Gomorron 1994-2001 TV Series Himself - Regissör
Behind the Scenes: Cast Away 2000 Video documentary Himself
From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'The Frighteners' 1998 Video documentary Himself
The Directors 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Mundo VIP 1997 TV Series Himself
Bl!tz 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of '1941' 1996 Video documentary Himself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Director
Lights, Camera, Action!: A Century of the Cinema 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special 1995 TV Special Himself - Interviewee
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Director
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Director
Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Director
Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects 1994 TV Special documentary Himself
Parker Lewis Can't Lose 1991 TV Series Himself
The Media Show 1991 TV Series Himself
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy 1990 TV Special documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Back to the Future III' 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Back to the Future Part II Behind-the-Scenes Special Presentation 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
First Works 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'Back to the Future II' 1989 Video short Himself
Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
Citizen Steve 1987 Documentary short Himself - Writer
The Making of 'Back to the Future' 1985 TV Short documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Some Jerk with a Camera 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Goldbergs 2014 TV Series Himself
A to Z 2014 TV Series Himself
Persistence of Vision 2012 Documentary Himself
Troldspejlet 2011 TV Series Himself - Director
Waking Sleeping Beauty 2009 Documentary Himself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing 2004 Documentary Himself
Who Made Roger Rabbit 2003 Video documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Director of the Year Award Palm Springs International Film Festival Flight (2012)
2012 Founder's Award Chicago International Film Festival Flight (2012)
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Publicists Guild of America
2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Visual Effects Society Awards
2004 Career Achievement Award Chicago International Film Festival
2004 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 5 November 2004. At 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
2001 Christopher Award Christopher Awards Feature Films Cast Away (2000) · William Broyles Jr. (screenwriter)
· Steve Starkey (producer)
· Tom Hanks (producer)
· Jack Rapke (producer)
· Joan Bradshaw (executive producer)
2001 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Film What Lies Beneath (2000)
2001 Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award American Cinema Editors, USA
1998 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Contact (1997) · James V. Hart (screenplay)
· Michael Goldenberg (screenplay)
· Carl Sagan (story/based on the novel by)
· Ann Druyan (story)
1998 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Picture Contact (1997) · Steve Starkey
1996 CINE Golden Eagle CINE Competition Broadcast Division: Entertainment - Drama Tales from the Crypt (1989)
1995 Czech Lion Czech Lions Best Foreign Language Film (Nejlepsí zahranicní film) Forrest Gump (1994)
1995 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Forrest Gump (1994) · Charles Newirth (unit production manager plaque)
· Bruce Moriarty (first assistant director plaque)
· Cherylanne Martin (second assistant director plaque)
· Dana J. Kuznetzkoff (second assistant director plaque)
1995 Showmanship Award Publicists Guild of America Motion Picture
1995 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Director of the Year
1995 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Forrest Gump (1994)
1995 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Forrest Gump (1994)
1995 George Pal Memorial Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1995 Amanda Amanda Awards, Norway Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm) Forrest Gump (1994)
1990 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
1989 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
1989 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) · Jeffrey Price (screenplay)
· Peter S. Seaman (screenplay)
· Gary K. Wolf (based on the novel)
1989 Audience Award Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
1988 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
1988 Special Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
1988 Children and Cinema Award - Special Mention Venice Film Festival Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
1986 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura Straniera) Back to the Future (1985) · Bob Gale
1986 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Back to the Future (1985) · Bob Gale (written by)
1985 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Film Back to the Future (1985)
1985 Young Venice Award - Special Mention Venice Film Festival Back to the Future (1985)
1975 Special Jury Award Student Academy Awards, USA Dramatic A Field of Honor (1973)
1973 CINE Golden Eagle CINE Competition Short Films A Field of Honor (1973)
1972 CINE Golden Eagle CINE Competition Short Films The Lift (1972)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Flight (2012) · John Gatins
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film Flight (2012) · Laurie MacDonald
· Walter F. Parkes
· Jack Rapke
· Steve Starkey
2005 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Animated Picture The Polar Express (2004) · Gary Goetzman
· Steve Starkey
· William Teitler
2005 BAFTA Children's Award BAFTA Awards Best Feature Film The Polar Express (2004) · Steve Starkey
2003 DVD Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary, Library Release Used Cars (1980) · Kurt Russell
· Bob Gale
2001 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Cast Away (2000)
2001 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director What Lies Beneath (2000)
2000 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Cast Away (2000)
1998 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Contact (1997)
1997 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Audience Participation Show/Game Show Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House (1996) · Eytan Keller (executive producer)
· Jack Wohl (executive producer)
· Richard Donner (executive producer)
· David Giler (executive producer)
· Walter Hill (executive producer)
· Joel Silver (executive producer)
· Grant Johnson (supervising producer)
· Stephanie Keane (senior coordinating producer)
· Philip Wallnutt (coordinating producer)
· Julia Gilbert (co-producer)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Dramatic Series Tales from the Crypt (1989) · Richard Donner (executive producer)
· David Giler (executive producer)
· Walter Hill (executive producer)
· Joel Silver (executive producer)
· Gilbert Adler (producer/co-producer/writer)
· A L Katz (producer/co-producer/writer)
· William Malone (director)
· Russell Mulcahy (director)
· Dick Beebe (writer)
· Ron Finley (writer)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Directing a Dramatic Special or Series Tales from the Crypt (1989)
1995 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Forrest Gump (1994)
1995 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Forrest Gump (1994)
1995 Guldbagge Guldbagge Awards Best Foreign Film (Bästa utländska film) Forrest Gump (1994)
1995 David Lean Award for Direction BAFTA Awards Forrest Gump (1994)
1995 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film Forrest Gump (1994) · Wendy Finerman
· Steve Tisch
· Steve Starkey
1995 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Forrest Gump (1994)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Dramatic Series Tales from the Crypt (1989) · Richard Donner
· David Giler
· Walter Hill
· Joel Silver
1994 CableACE CableACE Awards Dramatic Series Tales from the Crypt (1989) · Richard Donner (executive producer)
· David Giler (executive producer)
· Walter Hill (executive producer)
· Joel Silver (executive producer)
· Gilbert Adler (producer)
· A L Katz (producer)
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Dramatic Series Tales from the Crypt (1989) · Richard Donner (executive producer)
· David Giler (executive producer)
· Walter Hill (executive producer)
· Joel Silver (executive producer)
· Gilbert Adler (producer)
1993 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Death Becomes Her (1992)
1991 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Back to the Future Part III (1990) · Bob Gale (story/screenplaybased on characters created by)
1991 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Back to the Future Part III (1990)
1989 César César Awards, France Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
1989 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
1986 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Back to the Future (1985) · Bob Gale
1986 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Back to the Future (1985) · Bob Gale
1986 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Back to the Future (1985) · Bob Gale
1986 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film Back to the Future (1985) · Bob Gale
· Neil Canton
1986 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Original Back to the Future (1985) · Bob Gale
1986 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Back to the Future (1985)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Forrest Gump (1994)
1994 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Director Forrest Gump (1994)


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#Fact
1 Named Bonnie and Clyde (1967) as his favorite film in an AFI poll.
2 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 5, 2004.
3 Though many of his movies are rife with CGI effects, his personal favorite 'special effect' is the good old-fashioned closeup due to its uniqueness to filmmaking.
4 He and his writing partner Bob Gale considered Wendie Jo Sperber a good luck charm and often cast her in their movies.
5 He directed Marc McClure and Wendie Jo Sperber in four films: I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future Part III (1990). Wendie Jo Sperber also appeared in all four films. Although McClure filmed a scene for Back to the Future Part II (1989), this was cut.
6 Five of his films were nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs: Used Cars (1980), Romancing the Stone (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Forrest Gump (1994). None of them made the list.
7 Has directed three actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Tom Hanks (twice), Gary Sinise and Denzel Washington. Hanks won for his first nominated performance in a Zemeckis feature, Forrest Gump (1994).
8 Resides in Santa Barbara, California with his second wife, Leslie Zemeckis, and their two children (2010).
9 Has an affinity for Italy. His mother was of Italian descent, he and his second wife Leslie Zemeckis were married in Italy, and they have a vacation home (a villa) in Tuscany, Italy.
10 He is rated an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) private pilot.
11 Has in his archives a letter of rejection from every studio rejecting Back to the Future (1985), because they thought it was too soft for the type of teen movie at the time, except for Disney who thought it was too racy.
12 Ranked #18 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood (2007).
13 Spent one year developing Cocoon (1985), but was fired by 20th Century Fox when he screened the final cut of Romancing the Stone (1984) for studio executives, who thought it was a disaster and destined to become Zemeckis' third straight box office failure.
14 Interviewed in "Directors Close Up: Interviews with Directors Nominated for Best Film by the Directors Guild of America," ed. by Jeremy Kagan, Scarecrow Press (2006).
15 Three of the actors he has worked with have acted on camera for one of his films and provided a character voice in another film. Kurt Russell, who appeared in Used Cars (1980), provided the voice of Elvis Presley in Forrest Gump (1994). He has also played Elvis in a made-for-TV film for John Carpenter. Charles Fleischer, who voiced Roger Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), also played a mechanic in the past and future sequences of Back to the Future Part II (1989). Kathleen Turner, the voice of Jessica Rabbit, played the lead role in Romancing the Stone (1984).
16 Is good friends with director Peter Jackson. The two of them have used four of the same actors: Michael J. Fox, who appeared in the Back to the Future trilogy, played the lead role in Jackson's The Frighteners (1996), which Zemeckis produced; Peter Dobson, who also appeared in The Frighteners, also played Elvis Presley in Forrest Gump (1994), although Kurt Russell provided the voice; Elijah Wood made his film debut in Back to the Future Part II (1989), then went on to play Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy; Miranda Otto, who played a distraught neighbor in What Lies Beneath (2000), played Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
17 His father was of Lithuanian descent and his mother was of Italian ancestry.
18 Owns two production companies - ImageMovers and DarkCastle Entertainment (which he co-owns with Joel Silver).
19 Father, with Mary Ellen Trainor, of Alexander Zemeckis.
20 Announced through his company ImageMovers that he will direct a film adaptation of the popular horror/fantasy comic book "Route 666". The comic, published by CrossGen Comics, centers on a young woman who is besieged by demons and other strange creatures during the Cold War. [August 2002]
21 His first wife, Mary Ellen Trainor, appeared in four of his films: Romancing the Stone (1984) (as Joan Wilder's kidnapped sister, Elaine), Back to the Future Part II (1989) (as Officer Reese), Death Becomes Her (1992) (as Vivian Adams), and Forrest Gump (1994) (as Jenny's babysitter).
22 First television script that he and Bob Gale sold in Hollywood was for Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Chopper (1975).
23 Attended University of Southern California, School of Cinema. Former classmates included George Lucas, John Milius and others.
24 Sits on USC School of Cinema-Television's Board of Councilors.

#Quote
1 I guess you can say, I have been remaking my student films forever.
2 From where I sit, I see the digital cinema creating sloppiness on the part of filmmakers because they know if they really get in trouble they can fix it later. So they don't pay that much attention, and of course it costs a lot of money.
3 It's the most unrealistic thing you can do to shoot a close-up, and it's the most unrealistic place you can be as a performer. And yet, actors grouse about having to do visual effect shots. But they love close-ups.
4 No matter how many obstacles that are thrown in our path, there are ways to accept them and to live through them. Understand life's mysteries, - as mysteries to be lived.
5 I was raised a Catholic on the South Side of Chicago, and I felt I had to undo a lot of serious damage. But as I was getting older, I began coming off my absolutely young, arrogant, agnostic beliefs. I was thinking more about coming to terms with human spirituality.

#Trademark
1 [officer names] Frequently has police officers named Foley and/or Reese in his movies. See _Back To The Future II (1989)_ and The Walk (2015) as examples.
2 Uses 90-degree angle shots, looking straight up at subjects from below the floor level.
3 A main protagonist that unwittingly inspire real-life people, events and things (Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Forrest Gump (1994)).
4 During scenes in his films which are shot at night, and outside, he has all cement fixtures and streets soaked with water, for dramatic effect
5 Often uses a scene in a restaurant/bar, with the main character starting a fight and then fleeing out into the street, where a complicated chase ensues (Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990)).
6 [Music] Often uses Alan Silvestri for his pictures
7 Almost never makes a fixed shot, his camera always moves
8 [Opening long-take] Often utilizes long, complicated opening shots (Back to the Future (1985), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997)).
9 [State-of-the-art] Often produces movies at the fore-front of technology (Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), The Polar Express (2004)).
10 [Celebrities] Frequently includes actual celebrities as characters, generally through the use of archival footage or look-alikes (Forrest Gump (1994)).
11 [Citation] Likes to cite/imitate famous movies/commercial spots
12 Frequently casts Tom Hanks, Christopher Lloyd and Robin Wright. Generally finds a role for Wendie Jo Sperber and/or Marc McClure.
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