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David Lynch was born on the 20th January 1946, in Missoula, Montana USA, of Finnish descent, and is a film director, writer, actor, visual artist, musician and author, but probably best known for producing the movie “Eraserhead” (1977), and directing the critically acclaimed “The Elephant Man” (1980), and “Blue Velvet” (1986). Lynch was also a creator of the cult TV series called “Twin Peaks” (1990-1991). He has four Oscar nominations since his career started in 1966.

Have you ever wondered how rich David Lynch is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that David Lynch’s net worth is as high as $60 million, an amount earned through his successful career as a director and screenwriter. In addition to being one of the most distinguished filmmakers in the history of cinema, Lynch has also worked as an actor, and is a multitalented artist; he is also a renowned visual artist and musician. All of his talents have helped him to increase his net worth.

David Lynch Net Worth $60 Million

David Lynch is a son of Edwina “Sunny”, an English language tutor, and Donald Walton Lynch, a research scientist working for the US Department of Agriculture; he was raised as a Presbyterian. The family moved a lot because of Donald’s assignments, so they lived in Idaho, North Carolina, and Virginia during David’s childhood. He was schooled largely at Francis C. Hammond High School in Alexandria, Virginia, but wasn’t a great student, but he was a member of the Boy Scouts too. Soon after, he decided to move to Boston and enrol at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1964.

With an interest in being an artist, and inspired by the famous painter Oskar Kokoschka, Lynch went to the latter’ss school in Salzburg, Austria, and, but his planned stay of three years finished after only 15 days because Kokoschka wasn’t there, and so returned to the US. In 1966, David began his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he started his directing career with a short film called “Six Men Getting Sick”. He made three more shorts: “Absurd Encounter with Fear” (1967), “The Alphabet” (1968), and “The Grandmother” (1970) before moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at the AFI Conservatory in 1971.

After five years of production and many financial problems to complete his projects, Lynch finally released his debut feature film called “Eraserhead” (1977) starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, and Allen Joseph. Numerous producers were impressed with Lynch’s style and ideas, so he got the opportunity to make another movie in 1980 called “The Elephant Man”, with Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, and Anne Bancroft; the film was an instant hit, with eight Oscar nominations, and grossed over $30 million at the box office.

Now, Lynch was an acclaimed director, and his net worth rose with his success. He continued to create unique movies such as “Dune” (1984) starring Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, and Francesca Annis, and “Blue Velvet” (1986) with Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, and Dennis Hopper. Both movies earned Oscar nominations while Lynch established his connection with Kyle MacLachlan, who became his leading actor in more projects to come. He also has his favourite actress – Laura Dern, and she had her first collaboration with Lynch in “Wild at Heart” (1990) with Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Diane Ladd. David and Mark Frost created the cult TV series “Twin Peaks” in 1990, and Lynch again chose Kyle MacLachlan to play the main character, an idiosyncratic FBI Agent Dale Cooper. The show won three Golden Globe awards and is one of the most popular series of our time. Lynch’s net worth continued to rise.

Two years later, Lynch made a movie based on the series called “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me”, and “Lost Highway” in 1997, one of his most underrated films starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and John Roselius. In 1999, he directed an Oscar-nominated drama “The Straight Story” with Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek in leading roles, and in 2001, Lynch wrote and directed the enigmatic mystery called “Mulholland Drive” starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. A year later, David made “Rabbits”, based on his short film from earlier in his career, while his latest featured films are “Inland Empire” (2006) with Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, and Justin Theroux, and “Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces” (2014) starring Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, and C.H. Evans. He is currently in the post-production of the remake of “Twin Peaks”, which will be out in 2017.

David Lynch also appeared in several of his own movies such as “The Elephant Man” (1980), “Dune” (1984), and “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” (1992), usually having a small role, while he also played in Tina Rathborne’s “Zelly and Me” (1988), and “Nadja” (1994). Although known as a filmmaker, Lynch also had over 20 exhibitions as a painter, and he stated that Francis Bacon is his hero artist, while he is a fan of photographers such as William Eggleston, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Diane Arbus.

This multi-talented artist has also released two studio albums called “Crazy Clown Time”(2011) and “The Big Dream”(2013) – both of them were commercially successful and additionally improved Lynch’s wealth.

Regarding his personal life, David Lynch was married to Peggy Lentz from 1967 to 1974 and has a daughter with her.. He then married Mary Fisk in 1977, but they divorced in 1987 after having a son. Lynch dated Isabella Rossellini, was briefly married to Mary Sweeney(2006-07), but married his third wife, Emily Stofle, in 2009, and has a daughter with her. David currently lives in Los Angeles.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 20, 1946
Birth place: Missoula, Montana, United States
Height:1.8 m
Profession:Film director, writer, actor, visual artist, musician
Education:Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts, Design AFI Conservatory
Nationality:American
Spouse:Emily Stofle (m. 2009), Mary Sweeney (m. 2006–2007), Mary Fisk (m. 1977–1987), Peggy Lynch (m. 1967–1974)
Children:Jennifer Lynch, Austin Jack Lynch, Riley Lynch, Lula Boginia Lynch
Parents:Edwina Lynch, Donald Walton Lynch
Siblings:Martha Lynch, John Lynch
Awards:Palme d'Or (1990), Cannes Best Director Award (2001), Saturn Award, César Award for Best Foreign Film (2002 (2002), 1982), Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), Bodil Award for Best American Film (2000 (2000), 2003)
Movies:“Eraserhead” (1977), “The Elephant Man” (1980), “Blue Velvet” (1986), “The Straight Story” (1999), "Lost Highway" (1997), "Mulholland Drive" (2001), "Inland Empire" (2006), “Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces” (2014)
TV shows:“Twin Peaks” (1990-1991), “The Elephant Man” (1980), “Dune” (1984), “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” (1992), "DumbLand" (2002), "Rabbits" (2002)
Albums:“Crazy Clown Time” (2011), “The Big Dream” (2013)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1At the 1986 Montreal Film Festival, where Blue Velvet first premiered, he met Giulietta Masina, wife & frequent muse of Federico Fellini, one of his favorite film directors.
2In the late 1980s, he directed 4 TV commercials for Calvin Klein's Obsession perfume based on excerpts from novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence and Gustave Flaubert and featuring Benicio Del Toro, Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, James Marshall, Rodney Harvey and Ian Buchanan.
3Disowned Dune (1984), considering it the only real failure of his career. To this day, he refuses to talk about the production in great detail, and has refused numerous offers to work on a special edition DVD. Lynch claims revisiting the film would be too painful an experience to endure.
4Was asked to direct Manhunter (1986).
5Sheryl Lee credits him as one of the most incredible teachers that she's ever had in terms of filmmaking.
6Lodz, Poland. Discussing his plans for building post production film studio in an old factory on Targowa street. [May 2004]
7In 2002, Lynch paid $1 million to spend a month studying Transcendental Meditation along with a few other well-heeled adherents in a compound in the Netherlands with the movement's founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Maharishi was living in the house, but only communicated with the group via TV conferencing.
8Has three siblings, including brother John Lynch.
9Among the places he lived in his rootless childhood were Missoula, Montana (his birth place), Sandpoint, Idaho (where his family moved when he was only 2 months old), Spokane, Washington, Durham, North Carolina, Boise, Idaho and Alexandria, Virginia (where he attended high school).
10Has said that he is an admirer of Ronald Reagan, and supported the Natural Law Party in the 2000 Presidential Election. In both the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections, he supported Barack Obama.
11Directed 3 actors in Oscar nominated performances: John Hurt, Diane Ladd, and Richard Farnsworth.
12His ancestry is Finnish, German and Irish. His Irish Ancestry can be traced to Galway and as far back as being descended from Rollo, a Viking King.
13Has worked with real-life father-son pair José Ferrer and Miguel Ferrer in Dune (1984) and Twin Peaks (1990); and real-life mother-daughter pair Diane Ladd and Laura Dern in Wild at Heart (1990) and Blue Velvet (1986).
14The car accident scene in Wild at Heart (1990) came from his impression of actress Sherilyn Fenn as a china doll, and from the idea of seeing a porcelain doll breaking. He told her, "I envisioned this broken China doll, all bloody, and ranting and raving, and it was you".
15He was so impressed by Sheryl Lee's performance as the dead Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks (1990)' pilot episode that he wrote the role of Maddy Ferguson for her, in order to bring her back in the series.
16Sherilyn Fenn, who worked with him in Twin Peaks (1990) and Wild at Heart (1990), later starred in his daughter Jennifer Lynch's directorial debut Boxing Helena (1993).
17Some of his favorite films of all time are: (1963), La Strada (1954), Sunset Blvd. (1950), The Apartment (1960), Lolita (1962), Persona (1966), Hour of the Wolf (1968), Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953), Mon Oncle (1958), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Stroszek (1977) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
18Frequently works with Crispin Glover.
19Born to Donald Lynch, a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and his wife Sunny, an English language tutor.
20Served as an usher at the Presidential Inauguration of John F. Kennedy (20 January 1961).
21Although having planned to study with painter Oskar Kokoschka in Austria for three years, he returned to the US after only 15 days.
22Has practiced Transcendental Meditation for at least 20 minutes each day since 1973. Now very actively leads his own worldwide organization, the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, that is the midst of a campaign to raise $7 billion to further its goals. As a result, Lynch has not made a film since 2006's Inland Empire (2006).
23Being an avid coffee drinker, he has own line of special organic blends.
24Is mentioned in German author Patrick Roth's short story "Lynch for Lunch" (2008).
25Is friends with Mädchen Amick.
26Claims one of his favorite films to be The Wizard of Oz (1939), and has many references to the classic in his films, the most obvious are in Wild at Heart (1990). He has also cited Vertigo (1958) and Glen or Glenda (1953) as his other favorites.
27Was engaged to Italian actress Isabella Rossellini from 1986 to 1990.
28Though on the surface his alliance with Mel Brooks on The Elephant Man (1980) would seem unlikely to many, a number of Lynch's films are interpreted as being satirical of traditional Hollywood clichés (Mulholland Dr. (2001), Wild at Heart (1990), Blue Velvet (1986) albeit in a much darker and artistic way than in the films that made Brooks a success (Young Frankenstein (1974), Blazing Saddles (1974), etc.).
29His grandmother was German.
30He was introduced to Isabella Rossellini at a restaurant by a mutual friend when he was in the process of casting Blue Velvet (1986). Struck by her serene European beauty, he told her, "You could be Ingrid Bergman's daughter." 'You idiot,' my friend said to me," Lynch recalled, "'she is Ingrid Bergman's daughter!'"
31Is friends with Kyle MacLachlan.
32Was very good friends with Jack Nance.
33He was offered the chance to direct Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), but he turned it down, saying that the script was funny, but it wasn't his thing.
34Is famous (or infamous) for not saying anything on Eraserhead (1977). He lets the viewers decide what it means.
35President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.
36He drew and wrote the comic strip, "The Angriest Dog in the World" that ran in the Los Angeles Reader newspaper throughout the 1980s.
37Announced at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival that he has been shooting a feature length project on digital video called Inland Empire (2006) for over a year. He also announced that he was so impressed with digital that he was giving up directing projects on film.
38In addition to excluding chapter breaks in his approved DVD releases of his movies, he hasn't recorded an audio commentary in any of his films. This is because he believes that films speak for themselves.
39Has cited Luis Buñuel, Werner Herzog, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, and Roman Polanski as some of his influences.
40Insisted his name be struck from the 190-minute Extended Cut of Dune (1984), which was prepared specially for television. That version credits the pseudonymous "Judas Booth" as writer/director. Yet in 2009 - the movie's 25th anniversary - Lynch (by a fan's request) actually signed Booth's name to a vintage "Making of Dune (1984) paperback at West Hollywood's famous Book Soup.
41Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985," pp. 621-626 (as David K. Lynch). New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
42He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia
43His son, Austin Jack Lynch, appeared in an episode of Twin Peaks (1990) as Pierre Tremond, or the Creamed-Corn Kid. The role (billed as Pierre Tremond/Chalfont) went to Jonathan J. Leppell in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). It is widely rumored that Jonathan is Lynch's nephew, but Jonathan and his mother had never heard of Lynch or the TV show when he was cast in Seattle. Julee Cruise, who appears in Twin Peaks (1990), is his musical protégée. Lynch wrote the lyrics on her first album, some of the lyrics of her second album, and occasionally plays an instrument on her recordings.
44While in college, roomed with Peter Wolf, former lead singer with the J. Geils Band. Lynch kicked him out, however, because he thought Wolf was "too weird."
45Daughter, Director Jennifer Lynch (b. 1968), with first wife actress Peggy Lynch. Son, Austin Jack Lynch (b. 1982), with second wife Mary Fisk. Son, Riley Lynch (b. 1992), with film editor Mary Sweeney (she later became his third wife).
46After George Lucas saw Eraserhead (1977), he offered Lynch the chance to direct Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) but Lynch turned him down. Lynch felt the film would be more Lucas's vision than his own.
47After the financial disaster that was Dune (1984), Lynch and Dino De Laurentiis were almost ready to part company but Lynch showed Dino the script for Blue Velvet (1986), which he had been working on for some time, and the two combined talents to make the seminal 1986 classic.
48Wrote the Gordon Cole character (from Twin Peaks (1990)) with himself in mind.
49Producer Dino De Laurentiis offered him the chance to direct "Hand-Carved Coffins" based on a Truman Capote work, but Lynch turned it down; to date the project has not been produced.
50Projects he has written but to date has not produced include "Ronnie Rocket," "Up at the Lake," and "One Saliva Bubble."
51He is also an artist working in paint and such dynamic elements as live ants and rotting flesh. He also frequently designs and builds the furniture in his films. These can be seen in the documentary about him, Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997).
52Personally approved DVD releases of his movies do not have any chapter stops. This is done because he believes that films are meant to be viewed from beginning to end.
53Currently (2002) runs his own personally authorized Web site, www.davidlynch.com and has been rumored to appear in the chat area of the site under a more than obvious name.
54His father had Scottish, Irish, and English ancestry. His mother was of half Finnish and half German descent. His Irish ancestry can be traced to Galway and as far back as being descended from Rollo, a Viking King.
55Is an Eagle Scout.
56Ate lunch at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles, California, nearly every day for almost eight years in a row.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
The Alphabet (1968)$1,000


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Frequently wiggles his fingers while he is talking
2Very heavy use of black and dark lighting in order to augment colorful objects in scenes.
3Never explains the meaning of his movies
4Many of his films examine the dark side of American suburbia.
5Films are often sexually charged and graphically violent
6Quirky, nasal voice
7Close up shots of eyes
8Uses Roy Orbison songs in his films
9Constant references to dreams as a way of connecting the plot and twists in his films.
10Uses many references to France, the French language, culture, people, and names.
11Almost always casts a musician for a supporting role: Sting in Dune (1984); Chris Isaak, David Bowie, Julee Cruise, and 'Miguel Ferrer' (son and former drummer of Rosemary Clooney in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992); Marilyn Manson and Henry Rollins in Lost Highway (1997); Billy Ray Cyrus, Rebekah Del Rio and Angelo Badalamenti in Mulholland Dr. (2001). Regular collaborator Kyle MacLachlan is also descended from composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
12Red curtains, strobe lights, and extreme surrealism
13Use of slow-motion during key scenes of violence
14Has a taste for low/middle frequency noise, dark and rotting environments, distorted characters, a polarized world (angels vs demons, Madonnas vs whores), and debilitating damage to the skull or brain.
15Finds small-town USA fascinating
16Has frequently cast Jack Nance, Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee,Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, Sherilyn Fenn, Harry Dean Stanton, Michael J. Anderson, Everett McGill, Frances Bay, Dean Stockwell, David Patrick Kelly, Brad Dourif, Catherine E. Coulson, Grace Zabriskie, Ian Buchanan, Alicia Witt, and Bellina Logan.


Quotes

#Quote
1I like the idea that everything has a surface which hides much more underneath. Someone can look very well and have a whole bunch of diseases cooking: there are all sorts of dark, twisted things lurking down there. I go down in that darkness and see what's there. Coffee shops are nice safe places to think. I like sitting in brightly lit places where I can drink coffee and have some sugar. Then, before I know it, I'm down under the surface gliding along; if it becomes too heavy, I can always pop back into the coffee shop.
2[on being asked if he takes drugs] Yes, I eat a tremendous amount of sugar!
3Every idea that you fall in love with is a gift. How the ideas come is the trick.
4Be true to yourself. Find your own voice and be true to that voice. Never take a bad idea, but never turn down a good idea. And, of course, have final cut.
5I'm in a transition. I am painting, and I am painting over and then painting, and then painting over, and destroying, and painting, and destroying, and painting over.
6I always give credit to Angelo Badalamenti for bringing me into the world of music.
7I say Eraserhead (1977) is my The Philadelphia Story (1940). I like smoke and fire and the sounds of the factories.
8Dune (1984) I didn't have final cut on. It's the only film I've made where I didn't have, I didn't technically have final cut on The Elephant Man (1980) but Mel Brooks gave it to me, and on Dune (1984) the film, I started selling out even in the script phase knowing I didn't have final cut, and I sold out, so it was a slow dying- the-death and a terrible terrible experience. I don't know how it happened, I trusted that it would work out but it was very naive and, the wrong move. In those days the maximum length they figured I could have is two hours and seventeen minutes, and that's what the film is, so they wouldn't lose a screening a day, so once again it's money talking and not for the film at all and so it was like compacted and it hurt it, it hurt it. There is no other version. There's more stuff, but even that is putrefied.
9I started selling out on Dune (1984). Looking back, it's no one's fault but my own. I probably shouldn't have done that picture, but I saw tons and tons of possibilities for things I loved, and this was the structure to do them in. There was so much room to create a world. But I got strong indications from Raffaella and Dino De Laurentiis of what kind of film they expected, and I knew I didn't have final cut.
10[on Eraserhead (1977)] Then we showed it to a guy who was a friend of Terrence Malick - his financial backer, I think. Terry was trying to help me get some money and he said, 'I want to show some scenes to this man, maybe he'll help you.' But Terry had not seen anything. So we organized several scenes, and this man came in and sat down and I was, you know, trembling. I was at the console with Al [sound designer Alan Splet] And in the middle of this thing the man stood up and screamed: 'PEOPLE DON'T ACT LIKE THAT! PEOPLE DON'T TALK LIKE THAT! THIS IS BULLSHIT!' And out he went. But, like, really upset. And Ron, the projectionist upstairs, heard this and everybody was just looking at each other. so I thought, 'Man!', you know, 'This is gonna be really difficult!' [from "Lynch on Lynch": revised edition, page 82]
11[2008 interview] Now if you're playing a movie on a telephone, you will never in a trillion years experience the film. You'll think you have experienced it, but you'll be cheated. It's such a sadness that you think you've seen a film on your fucking telephone. Get real.
12An inner anger is poison. A person who is angry is poisoning them self and poisoning the environment.
13There's a comfort when you realize your ideas are realized. You've worked so that all the elements are working together and it feels complete and correct and you say it's done. Then it goes out into the world, but it doesn't need any more explanation. It is what it is. Cinema is such a beautiful language [but] as soon as people finish a film, people want you to turn it into words. It's kind of a sadness for me: the words are limiting.
14Desiring an idea is like bait on a hook. You can pull them in. If you catch an idea that you love, that's a beautiful day, and you write it down. That idea might just be a fragment of the whole, but now you have even more bait. Thinking about that small fragment, that little fish will bring in more. Pretty soon you may have a script.
15It's thrilling for me to play an electric guitar. I like to think of it as a gasoline-powered engine. Running rough, with a loud muffler.
16I loved smoking cigarettes as a child. I loved matches. I loved lighting matches.
17Sometimes when you pass a house and you see that the door's closed, the window blinds are closed, you wonder what's going on in there. We all get feelings from places. Some feelings are happy feelings, and some don't put out such happy feelings. There seems to be something more.
18[on 'Richard Farnsworth' in The Straight Story (1999)] A lot of times people say someone was born to play a certain role. If there was ever a case for that, this is it. The film hangs on his performance. There's nobody who could have done it like he did. He has a quality, which is in all the films he's been in, that just makes you want to instantly love this guy. He fits the definition of an actor - a person who makes something real.
19[on The Straight Story (1999)] Some people still wait for something very bad to happen in the movie. Also, somebody was standing in line for a preview screening and a lady behind them said, 'Isn't it odd that there are two directors named David Lynch.'
20[on The Straight Story (1999)] I wanted the film to have a floating feeling. I particularly wanted that quality to come through in the aerial landscape shots, and it took a lot of explaining to get the helicopter pilots to slow down enough to get the look I was after.
21People say my films are dark. But like lightness, darkness stems from a reflection of the world. The thing is, I get these ideas that I truly fall in love with. And a good movie idea is often like a girl you're in love with, but you know she's not the kind of girl you bring home to your parents, because they sometimes hold some dark and troubling things.
22I was driving through Central Park with Kyle MacLachlan and on the radio came Crying by Roy Orbison. I started listening to this song and I'm thinking only of Blue Velvet (1986) and I'm thinking this song could appear in the film. Once we were filming in Virginia, I ask for Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits and I hear In Dreams and boom! An explosion goes off in my head. And I think, "This is it." Dennis [Hopper] was supposed to sing that and Dean Stockwell was supposed to listen but Dennis couldn't remember the lines. And I thought, "Wait a minute, Dean will sing and Dennis will listen." It was a magical thing.
23[on actress Sherilyn Fenn] She's a mysterious girl and I think that actresses like her who have a mystery - where there's something hiding beneath the surface - are the really interesting ones. (Premiere UK, July 1993)
24[on actress Joan Chen] She's the best thing from China since pasta - and much more beautiful. (People, May 04, 1992)
25[on Eyes Wide Shut (1999)] I really love Eyes Wide Shut. I just wonder if Stanley Kubrick really did finish it the way he wanted to before he died.
26[remarking about Elvis Presley's reported comment to one of his backup singers that he thought no one would remember him] That's incredible. Elvis swims in our minds, and in the emotions all through time.
27[on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)] I love that film. I say now that The Straight Story (1999) is my most experimental movie, but up until then, "Fire Walk With Me" was my most experimental film, and some of the things, the combos, you know, like, sequences . . . It was a dark film, but like Peggy Lipton said in an interview, it was just too much in people's faces, and it didn't have the humor of Twin Peaks (1990). So it was what it was supposed to be, but it wasn't what people wanted. It was supposed to be stand-alone, but it was also supposed to be the last week of Laura Palmer's life. And all those things that had been established, they could be pleasant on one level to experience, but unpleasant on another level.
28[on Sheryl Lee and her performance in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)] It turns out, at least in my opinion, she's an unbelievable actress and there are things that she's done in this movie that are truly incredible. I haven't seen too many people get into a role and give it as much. So, the big news for me was this person was hired to be a dead girl and turns out to be a great actress and a perfect Laura Palmer.
29I let the actors work out their ideas before shooting, then tell them what attitudes I want. If a scene isn't honest, it stands out like a sore thumb.
30Absurdity 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.
31[on why his officially sanctioned DVDs contain no chapter stops] It is my opinion that a film is not like a book--it should not be broken up. It is a continuum and should be seen as such.
32[on his 1965 sojourn to Europe to study art] I intended to stay three years. Instead, I stayed 15 days! I remember lying in an Athens basement with lizards crawling along the walls and contemplating that I was 7,000 miles from McDonalds!
33[on his 1965 sojourn to Europe to study art] I didn't take to Europe. I was all the time thinking, "This is where I'm going to be painting". And there was no inspiration there at all for the kind of work I wanted to do.
34My father was a scientist for the Forest Service. He would drive me through the woods in his green Forest Service truck, over dirt roads, through the most beautiful forests where the trees are very tall and shafts of sunlight come down and in the mountain streams the rainbow trout leap out and their little trout sides catch glimpses of light. Then my father would drop me in the woods and go off. It was a weird, comforting feeling being in the woods. There were odd, mysterious things. That's the kind of world I grew up in.
35As a teenager, I was really trying to have fun 24 hours a day. I didn't start thinking until I was 20 or 21. I was doing regular goof-ball stuff.
36There was nothing much going on upstairs until the age of nineteen.
37In a large city I realized there was a large amount of fear. Coming from the Northwest, it kind of hits you like a train.
38[on actor Kyle MacLachlan]: "What do we do together? I have a pretty good cappuccino machine, and anytime he gets the urge, he comes on over. We talk about the problems associated with getting a good cup of coffee."
39I 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.
40Sex was like a world so mysterious to me, I really couldn't believe there was this fantastic texture to life that I was getting to do...it has all these different levels, from lust and fearful, violent sex to the real spiritual thing at the other end. It's the key to some fantastic mystery of life.
41Cigarettes are pretty much my worst vice, and I even stopped smoking for 20 years. I spend most of my free time with my family and working on art.
42There's something deeply satisfying about directing the flow of water.
43My mother refused to give me coloring books as a child. She probably saved me, Because when you think about it, what a coloring book does is completely kill creativity.
44I'm convinced we all are voyeurs. It's part of the detective thing. We want to know secrets and we want to know what goes on behind those windows. And not in a way that we would use to hurt anyone. There's an entertainment value to it, but at the same time we want to know: What do humans do? Do they do the same things as I do? It's a gaining of some sort of knowledge, I think.
45Sex is a doorway to something so powerful and mystical, but movies usually depict it in a completely flat way. Being explicit doesn't tap into the mystical aspect of it either in fact, that usually kills it because people don't want to see sex so much as they want to experience the emotions that go along with it. These things are hard to convey in film because sex is such a mystery.
46I'm not sure what these people are saying. Is it that if you depicted no graphic violence, the world would calm down and there would be less violence? Or is it that if you sense certain things about violence and then portray those things in a film, does that make the violence go to another level? Or is the violence in films a way to experience something without having to do it in real life?
47All my movies are about strange worlds that you can't go into unless you build them and film them. That's what's so important about film to me. I just like going into strange worlds.
48I would rather not make a film than make one where I don't have final cut.
49I like to make films because I like to go into another world. I like to get lost in another world. And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream...allows you to dream in the dark. It's just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film.
50[on plans to build 100 transcendental meditation centers to bring an end to crime and war]: "Peace could be on this Earth this year. It would be a whole new world."
51I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it.
52[His films] mean different things to different people. Some mean more or less the same things to a large number of people. It's okay. Just as long as there's not one message, spoon-fed. That's what films by committee end up being, and it's a real bummer to me . . . Life is very, very complicated, and so films should be allowed to be, too.
53I've said many, many, many unkind things about Philadelphia, and I meant every one.
54I think that ideas exist outside of ourselves. I think somewhere, we're all connected off in some very abstract land. But somewhere between there and here ideas exist. And I think the mind isn't conscious enough to go all the way to where we're connected, but it's conscious of a certain amount of that territory. And when these ideas fly into the conscious part, then you can capture them. But if they're outside of the conscious part, you don't even know about them. So you just hope that you can make the conscious part of your mind bigger or that these ideas will fly into your airspace, so you can shoot them down and grab them and take them home. So that's all you try to do. Sometimes an idea will strike you when you're sitting in a quiet chair. But sometimes an idea will strike you when you're standing. Sometimes music will also help you. If I thought I could just sit still in a quiet place and get ideas, I would do that all the time, but sometimes nothing happens. There's no rhyme or reason to it. But you've got to write them down right away. I forget so many things. Then if I forget it and try to remember it, my whole day is ruined because I can't remember and I feel horrible. And I imagine that it was one of the all time great ideas. And it probably isn't.
55In Hollywood, more often than not, they're making more kind of traditional films, stories that are understood by people. And the entire story is understood. And they become worried if even for one small moment something happens that is not understood by everyone. But what's so fantastic is to get down into areas where things are abstract and where things are felt, or understood in an intuitive way that, you can't, you know, put a microphone to somebody at the theatre and say 'Did you understand that?' but they come out with a strange, fantastic feeling and they can carry that, and it opens some little door or something that's magical and that's the power that film has.
56To give a sense of place, to me, is a thrilling thing. And a sense of place is made up of details. And so the details are incredibly important. If they're wrong, then it throws you out of the mood. And so the sound and music and color and shape and texture, if all those things are correct and a woman looks a certain way with a certain kind of light and says the right word, you're gone, you're in heaven. But it's all the little details.
57It makes me uncomfortable to talk about meanings and things. It's better not to know so much about what things mean. Because the meaning, it's a very personal thing, and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for somebody else.
58I'm not a real film buff. Unfortunately, I don't have time. I just don't go. And I become very nervous when I go to a film because I worry so much about the director and it is hard for me to digest my popcorn.
59I 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.
60It's better not to know so much about what things mean or how they might be interpreted or you'll be too afraid to let things keep happening. Psychology destroys the mystery, this kind of magic quality. It can be reduced to certain neuroses or certain things, and since it is now named and defined, it's lost its mystery and the potential for a vast, infinite experience.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationCreative
2013Fangoria Horror Hall of FameFangoria Chainsaw Awards
2012Lifetime Achievement Award for DirectingCamerimage
2007Special Distinction AwardIndependent Spirit Awards· Laura Dern
2006Career Golden LionVenice Film Festival
2006Future Film Festival Digital AwardVenice Film FestivalInland Empire (2006)
2003BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)Mulholland Dr. (2001)
2003Order - For the Contribution to Polish CultureCamerimage
2003Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Mulholland Dr. (2001)
2003Lifetime Achievement AwardStockholm Film Festival
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002Audience AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002Audience AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Mulholland Dr. (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001Best DirectorCannes Film FestivalMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)The Straight Story (1999)
2001LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBest Screenplay, OriginalMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)The Straight Story (1999)
2001TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Original ScreenplayMulholland Dr. (2001)
2000BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)The Straight Story (1999)
2000Special AwardCamerimageFilm Direction with a Special Visual Sensitivity
2000Special AwardCamerimageBest Duo: Director - Cinematographer· Frederick Elmes
2000RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)The Straight Story (1999)
1999Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsThe Straight Story (1999)
1999SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorThe Straight Story (1999)
1999Silver Medallion AwardTelluride Film Festival, US
1998Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)Lost Highway (1997)
1993Life Career AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1992Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign DirectorWild at Heart (1990)
1991Franklin J. Schaffner AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
1990Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalWild at Heart (1990)
1987Grand PrizeAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalBlue Velvet (1986)
1987BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorBlue Velvet (1986)
1987Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Blue Velvet (1986)
1987NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorBlue Velvet (1986)
1986LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorBlue Velvet (1986)
1986Caixa de CatalunyaSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest FilmBlue Velvet (1986)
1982CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)The Elephant Man (1980)
1982Critics AwardFrench Syndicate of Cinema CriticsBest Foreign FilmThe Elephant Man (1980)
1981Grand PrizeAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe Elephant Man (1980)
1978Antennae II AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalEraserhead (1977)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Performer in a Comedy SeriesLouie (2010)
2013Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Guest ActorLouie (2010)
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Other)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirector of the DecadeMulholland Dr. (2001)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal Screenplay of the DecadeMulholland Dr. (2001)
2007Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorInland Empire (2006)
2006Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!)Inland Empire (2006)
2002OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USADirector of the YearMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreMulholland Dr. (2001)· Angelo Badalamenti
· John Neff
2002Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Mulholland Dr. (2001)
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMulholland Dr. (2001)
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalMulholland Dr. (2001)
2000CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Straight Story (1999)
2000Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorThe Straight Story (1999)
2000Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorThe Straight Story (1999)
1999Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalThe Straight Story (1999)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsDirecting a Dramatic SeriesHotel Room (1993)
1993Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingTwin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)· Robert Engels
1992Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalTwin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
1991International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmWild at Heart (1990)
1991Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Wild at Heart (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Main Title Theme MusicTwin Peaks (1990)· Angelo Badalamenti (composer)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Music and LyricsTwin Peaks (1990)· Angelo Badalamenti (composer)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Drama SeriesTwin Peaks (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesTwin Peaks (1990)· Mark Frost (executive producer)
· Gregg Fienberg (producer)
· David J. Latt (producer)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Drama SeriesTwin Peaks (1990)· Mark Frost (writer)
1990Bronze HorseStockholm Film FestivalWild at Heart (1990)
1987OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorBlue Velvet (1986)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureBlue Velvet (1986)
1987Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorBlue Velvet (1986)
1987Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayBlue Velvet (1986)
1987WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenBlue Velvet (1986)
1985HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationDune (1984)· Frank Herbert (based on the novel by)
1982International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmEraserhead (1977)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorThe Elephant Man (1980)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumThe Elephant Man (1980)· Christopher De Vore
· Eric Bergren
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureThe Elephant Man (1980)
1981BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionThe Elephant Man (1980)
1981BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Elephant Man (1980)· Christopher De Vore
· Eric Bergren
1981DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Elephant Man (1980)
1981WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Drama Adapted from Another MediumThe Elephant Man (1980)· Christopher De Vore
· Eric Bergren

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest DirectorInland Empire (2006)
2002NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
2001NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorMulholland Dr. (2001)
1999NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorThe Straight Story (1999)
1986LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayBlue Velvet (1986)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorBlue Velvet (1986)


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twin PeaksTV Series creator - 18 episodes, 2017 written by - 18 episodes, 2017 post-production
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces2014based on the series written by - uncredited / written by - uncredited
Meditation, Creativity, Peace2012Documentary
The 3 Rs2011Short
Lady Blue Shanghai2010Short story
More Things That Happened2007Video
Boat2007Video short
Inland Empire2006written by
Rabbits2002
The Short Films of David Lynch2002Video documentary
Darkened Room2002Short
Does That Hurt You?2002Documentary short
DumbLand2002TV Mini-Series short
Mulholland Dr.2001written by
Mulholland Dr.1999TV Movie
Lost Highway1997written by
Hotel Room1993TV Mini-Series creator - 3 episodes
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me1992television series Twin Peaks / written by
On the AirTV Series creator - 5 episodes, 1992 writer - 1 episode, 1992 written by - 1 episode, 1992
Twin PeaksTV Series created by - 29 episodes, 1990 - 1991 written by - 3 episodes, 1990 story by - 1 episode, 1990
Wild at Heart1990screenplay
Les Français vus par1988TV Mini-Series writer - 2 episodes
Blue Velvet1986screenplay
Dune1984screenplay
The Elephant Man1980screenplay
Eraserhead1977written by
The Amputee1974Short
The Grandmother1970Short
The Alphabet1968Short writer
Absurd Encounter with Fear1967Short uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted1990TV Movie producer
American Chronicles1990TV Series documentary producer
Eraserhead1977producer
The Amputee1974Short producer
The Grandmother1970Short producer
Six Men Getting Sick1966Short producer
Twin Peaks2017TV Series executive producer - 18 episodes post-production
A Fall from Graceexecutive producer announced
I Touch a Red Button2011Short producer
Ariana Delawari: Lion of Panjshir2010Video short producer
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done2009executive producer
The Peaceline Project2009Documentary short executive producer
Interview Project2009TV Series documentary producer
Surveillance2008/Iexecutive producer
Dynamic:01: The Best of DavidLynch.com2007Video documentary executive producer
Inland Empire2006producer
Darkened Room2002Short executive producer
DumbLand2002TV Mini-Series short producer
Mulholland Dr.1999TV Movie executive producer
Nadja1994executive producer
Hotel Room1993TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992Documentary executive producer
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me1992executive producer
On the AirTV Series producer - 5 episodes, 1992 executive producer - 2 episodes, 1992
Twin Peaks1990-1991TV Series executive producer - 30 episodes
The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez1991executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twin Peaks2017TV Series 18 episodes post-production
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces2014
Duran Duran: Unstaged2014Video documentary
Idem Paris2013Video documentary short
Crazy Clown Time2012Video short
The 3 Rs2011Short
I Touch a Red Button2011Short
42 One Dream Rush2010Short
Lady Blue Shanghai2010Short
Ariana Delawari: Lion of Panjshir2010Video short
Moby: Shot in the Back of the Head2009Video short
Bug Crawls2008Short
Industrial Soundscape2008Short
Blue Green2007Video short
More Things That Happened2007Video
Absurda2007Short
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence2007segment "Absurda", special version
Boat2007Video short
Dynamic:01: The Best of DavidLynch.com2007Video documentary
Working with Marilyn Manson2007Video documentary short
Inland Empire2006
Rabbits2002
The Short Films of David Lynch2002Video documentary
Darkened Room2002Short
DumbLand2002TV Mini-Series short
Eraserhead Stories2001Video documentary
Mulholland Dr.2001
Un matin partout dans le monde2000TV Short
The Straight Story1999
Mulholland Dr.1999TV Movie
Lost Highway1997
Lumière et compagnie1995Documentary segment "Premonition Following An Evil Deed"
Hotel Room1993TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
On the Air1992TV Series 1 episode
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me1992
The King of Ads1991Documentary segment "Yves Saint Laurent's Opium Parfum commercial"
Twin Peaks1990-1991TV Series 6 episodes
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted1990TV Movie
American Chronicles1990TV Series documentary
Wild at Heart1990
Les Français vus par1988TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Blue Velvet1986
Dune1984
The Elephant Man1980
Eraserhead1977
The Amputee1974Short
The Grandmother1970Short
The Alphabet1968Short
Absurd Encounter with Fear1967Short
Six Men Getting Sick1966Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky2017/Ipost-productionHoward
Twin Peaks2017TV Series post-productionGordon Cole
A Fall from GraceannouncedWilliam Tabb
The Black GhiandolaShort post-productionMan In Black
Family Guy2010-2016TV SeriesDavid Lynch / Gus
The Music of David Lynch Benefit Concert2015TV Movie
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces2014FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole
The Cleveland Show2010-2013TV SeriesGus
Louie2012TV SeriesJack Dall Jack Dahl
Peixe Vermelho2009ShortThe Knowledgeable One
Inland Empire2006Bucky J (voice, uncredited)
DumbLand2002TV Mini-Series shortAll Voices (voice)
Lost Highway1997Morgue Attendant (scenes deleted)
Nadja1994Morgue Receptionist
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me1992Gordon Cole
Twin Peaks1990-1991TV SeriesFBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole / Reflection of the Man in Headphones in Police Station
Zelly and Me1988Willie
Arena1987TV Series documentaryHost / Narrator
Dune1984Spice Worker (uncredited)
The Elephant Man1980Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited)
Heart Beat1980Painter (uncredited)
The Amputee1974ShortUnable and scared nurse

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Looking Glass2015as David K. Lynch, "Mysteries of Love"
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces2014"One Dog Bark" / music: "Mysterioso #2", "The Pink Room"
What Is Cinema?2013Documentary courtesy: "Mulholland Drive - Theme" written & performed by nm0000823
A Common Confusion2012Short performer: "The Night Bell With Lightning" / writer: "The Night Bell With Lightning"
Psych2010TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Surveillance2008/Iperformer: "Speed Roadster" / writer: "Speed Roadster"
Parashat Ha-Shavua2008TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Inland Empire2006performer: "Ghost of Love", "Polish Night Music No. 1", "Walkin' on the Sky" / writer: "Ghost of Love", "Polish Night Music No. 1", "Polish Poem", "Walkin' on the Sky"
Coachella2006Video documentary writer: "In Heaven"
The Company2003music: "White Widow", "The World Spins" - as David K. Lynch
1000 millones2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mulholland Dr.2001performer: "Go Get Some", "Pretty 50's", "Mountains Falling" / writer: "Go Get Some", "Pretty 50's", "Mountains Falling"
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch1997TV Movie documentary writer: "And Still"
Lumière et compagnie1995Documentary "Mysterious Morning", "FRANCK 2000"
Evelyn Hamann's Geschichten aus dem Leben1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me1992"She Would Die For Love", "Questions In A World Of Blue", "A Real Indication", "The Black Dog Runs At Night", "Falling", "Sycamore Trees" / writer: "Blue Frank", "The Pink Room", "Double R Swing", "Deer Meadow Shuffle", "Best Friends"
Twin PeaksTV Series 2 episodes, 1990 - 1991 lyrics - 2 episodes, 1990
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted1990TV Movie lyrics: "Up in Flames", "I Float Alone", "Into the Night", "Pinky's Bubble Egg The Twins Spoke", "The Dream Conversation", "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart", "The World Spins" / music: "The Black Sea", "I'm Hurt Bad", "The Final Battle"
Wild at Heart1990writer: "Up In Flames"
Blue Velvet1986lyrics: "Blue Star", "Mysteries Of Love"
Eraserhead1977"In Heaven Lady In The Radiator Song", "Pete's Boogie" Previously Unreleased / lyrics: "In Heaven" - uncredited / writer: "In Heaven Lady In The Radiator Song", "Pete's Boogie" Previously Unreleased

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twin Peaks2017TV Series 18 episodes post-production
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces2014
The 3 Rs2011Short
Lady Blue Shanghai2010Short
More Things That Happened2007Video
Boat2007Video short
Inland Empire2006
Eraserhead1977
The Alphabet1968Short

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twin Peaks2017TV Series vfx - 18 episodes post-production

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Britannia High2008TV Series boom operator - 1 episode
Inland Empire2006re-recording mixer / sound designer
Does That Hurt You?2002Documentary short sound
Mulholland Dr.2001re-recording mixer / sound designer
The Straight Story1999sound designer
Lost Highway1997re-recording mixer / sound designer
Hotel Room1993TV Mini-Series sound designer - 3 episodes
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me1992re-recording mixer / sound designer
The Elephant Man1980sound designer
Eraserhead1977sound effects
The Grandmother1970Short sound effects
The Alphabet1968Short sound

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star2014/IIIShort
Bird of Flames2012Short
Lady Blue Shanghai2010Short
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted1990TV Movie
No Frank in Lumberton1988TV Movie documentary
Eraserhead1977

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Surveillance: The Watched Are Watching2008Video documentary short composer: song "Speed Roadster"
Mulholland Dr.2001composer: additional music
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch1997TV Movie documentary composer: additional music
Lost Highway1997composer: additional music - uncredited
Wild at Heart1990composer: additional music
Blue Velvet1986composer: additional music

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 3 Rs2011Short
Inland Empire2006
Darkened Room2002Short
The Grandmother1970Short
The Alphabet1968Short

Animation Department

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Does That Hurt You?2002Documentary short animator - segment "Dumbland"
The Grandmother1970Short animator
The Alphabet1968Short animator
Six Men Getting Sick1966Short animator

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Readymade, Emile Reynaud et la peinture s'anima2010Short set designer
Inland Empire2006construction team
In Pursuit of Treasure1972set painter

Special Effects

Special Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Playhouse1982TV Series special effects assistant - 1 episode
Eraserhead1977special effects

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inland Empire2006camera operator
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch1997TV Movie documentary still photographer - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Don't Know Jack2002Documentary presenter
Six Men Getting Sick1966Short concept

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eraserhead1977

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eraserhead1977

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Blockbuster Buster2016TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
The Swan Girl2016Short special thanks
The Scarapist2015special thanks
Love2015/IIthe director thanks
The Strange & Mysterious Life of Jackson Bean2015TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
My Beautiful Broken Brain2014Documentary special thanks
Zaratozom2014Short special thanks
Nanoman2013TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Lost in Vienna, Austria2013very special thanks
Louis C.K. Oh My God2013TV Special documentary thank you
Julie's Smile2013dedicatee
Tráiganme la Cabeza de la Mujer Metralleta2012acknowledgment
The Debridement of Rome2012Short acknowledgment
Godhood2011Short special thanks
Leah2011Short inspirational thanks
Two Hits2011Short special thanks
Box2010Short special thanks
Diligo Victum2010Short very special thanks
Petals2010inspiration from the works of
It's Over2010Short special thanks
Lou Barlow: Goodnight Unknown2010Documentary short special thanks
3rd Shift: Michael's Lament2009special thanks
Trasharella2009very special thanks
Iodine2009special thanks
Ad Hominem2009Short grateful acknowledgment
Lulu und Jimi2009dedicatee - as David L.
Theremin2008Short special thanks
A Reality Check for Miss Betty2008Short grateful acknowledgment
Le son de Lynch2007TV Short documentary special thanks
A Slice of Lynch2007Video documentary short special thanks
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks2007Video documentary special thanks
Dedication2007thanks
The Elevator Storeys2006Short special thanks
The Room Mate2006Short special thanks
What Is It?2005thanks
Ellie Parker2005extra special thanks
#2: Drops2004Short thanks
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart'2004Video documentary short special thanks
Specific Spontaneity: Focus on Lynch2004Video documentary short special thanks
Field Day2004Short special thanks
Dealer2004/Ispecial thanks
Cabin Fever2002very special thanks
Reflections on the Phenomenon of 'Twin Peaks'2002Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Directors2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die)2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Celluloid Dreams2002DocumentaryHimself
Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments2002TV Special documentaryHimself
La semaine du cinéma2002TV SeriesHimself
The Short Films of David Lynch2002Video documentaryHimself - Narrator
Die Harald Schmidt Show2002TV SeriesHimself
I Don't Know Jack2002DocumentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director
+ de cinéma2001-2002TV Series documentary shortHimself
The Screen Savers2002TV SeriesHimself
Does That Hurt You?2002Documentary shortHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2001TV SeriesHimself
Eraserhead Stories2001Video documentaryHimself
Dino De Laurentiis: The Last Movie Mogul2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself
In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Scene by Scene1999TV SeriesHimself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder1997TV SeriesHimself
Le cercle de minuit1997TV SeriesHimself
Lumière et compagnie1995DocumentaryHimself
Der Klang der Bilder1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Don Van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Cinéma, de notre temps1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinefile: Made in the USA1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Crazy About the Movies: Dennis Hopper1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1991TV SeriesHimself
Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: David Lynch1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series / Outstanding Writing in Drama Series / Outstanding Music and Lyrics & Outstanding Drama Series
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990TV SeriesHimself
Twin Peaks/Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1990TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryHimself
No Frank in Lumberton1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 1987 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHimself
The Media Show1987TV SeriesHimself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Destination Dune1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rocksteppy2017completedHimself
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Blue Velvet Revisited2016DocumentaryHimself
Rooted in Peace2016DocumentaryDirector
David Lynch - The Art Life2016DocumentaryHimself
On Meditation2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Reality of Truth2016DocumentaryHimself
Brand: A Second Coming2015DocumentaryHimself
My Beautiful Broken Brain2014DocumentaryHimself
Between Two Worlds2014Video documentaryHimself
It's a Beautiful World2014DocumentaryHimself
Duran Duran: Unstaged2014Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love2014TV MovieHimself
How I Rock It2013TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks2013TV MovieHimself
American Masters2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The Art of Cinematography at Plus Camerimage2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Beyond the Noise: My Transcendental Meditation Journey2012DocumentaryHimself
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction2012DocumentaryHimself
Undead Noise2012TV SeriesHimself
Side by Side2012DocumentaryHimself
Meditation, Creativity, Peace2012DocumentaryHimself
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Co-Creator, Twin Peaks
Transcendendo Lynch2011DocumentaryHimself
When Lynch Met Lucas2010Video shortHimself (voice)
David Lynch Visits Oslo on the 50th Anniversary of Maharishi First Coming to Norway2010Documentary shortHimself
Henrik Möller Talks to David Lynch2010Video documentary shortHimself
Gomorron2010TV SeriesHimself - Om meditation
2012: Time for Change2010DocumentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2010TV SeriesHimself
David Wants to Fly2010DocumentaryHimself
Ariana Delawari: Lion of Panjshir2010Video shortHimself (voice, uncredited)
Imagine2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Directors2009DocumentaryHimself
La traversée du désir2009DocumentaryHimself
The Soul Detective2009ShortHimself
Il était une fois...2008-2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Legends2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008TV SeriesHimself
School of Thought2008Documentary shortHimself
Le son de Lynch2007TV Short documentaryHimself
David Lynch: A BAFTA Interview2007TV MovieHimself
A Slice of Lynch2007Video documentary shortHimself
Elvis: Viva Las Vegas2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lynch2007DocumentaryHimself
Tracks2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast with the Arts2007TV SeriesHimself
Den 11. time2007TV SeriesHimself - Director
The Culture Show2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Texas Monthly Talks2007TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Boat2007Video shortHimself
Dynamic:01: The Best of DavidLynch.com2007Video documentaryHimself
Working with Marilyn Manson2007Video documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Dusty Wright's Culture CatchCulture Catch2005TV SeriesHimself
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream2005DocumentaryHimself
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Mulholland Drive: Making of2004Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV SeriesHimself
3615 Usul2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Welcome to the Basement2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Pearl Jam Twenty2011DocumentaryHimself
Eurodok 20112011Documentary shortHimself
God morgen Norge2010TV SeriesHimself
Gilles Jacob: CIitizen Cannes2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
El orfanato llega a Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Edge of Outside2006DocumentaryHimself
Un écran nommé désir2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Mysteries of Love2002Video documentaryHimself

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