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Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Zemeckis first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director of the comedic time-travel Back to the Future film series, as well as the Academy Award-winning live-action/animation epic Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), though in the 1990s he diversified into more dramatic fare, including 1994's Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director. His films are characterized by an interest in state-of-the-art special effects, including the early use of match moving in Back to the Future Part II (1989) and the pioneering performance capture techniques seen in The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007) and A Christmas Carol (2009). Though Zemeckis has often been pigeonholed as a director interested only in effects, his work has been defended by several critics, including David Thomson, who wrote that "No other contemporary director has used special effects to more dramatic and narrative purpose."
May 14, 1951, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1985 Back to the FutureWriter and Director 1988 Who Framed Roger RabbitDirector 1989 Back to the Future Part IIDirector, Characters, and Story 1990 Back to the Future Part IIICharacters, Story, and Director 1994 Forrest GumpDirector 1996 The FrightenersExecutive Producer 1999 House on Haunted HillProducer 2000 Cast AwayDirector, Writer, and Producer 2004 The Polar ExpressProducer, Screenplay, and Director 2005 House of WaxProducer 2009 A Christmas CarolDirector and Screenplay 2011 Real SteelExecutive Producer 2012 FlightDirector and Producer 2015 The WalkScreenplay, Director, and Producer 2016 AlliedProducer and DirectorLimited to the 15 most popular items