Robert Zemeckis

Robert Lee Zemeckis [ zi ː mekɪs ] ( born May 14, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois ) is an American film director and film producer.

  • 3.1 director
  • 3.2 producer
  • 3.3 Writer


Even as a child loved Zemeckis film and television and was impressed by the 8- mm movie camera from his father. Having already filmed for family celebrations and holiday experiences, he started making small documentaries with friends, in which he tried to incorporate special effects. The film Bonnie and Clyde fascinated him so much that he decided to attend film school.

Zemeckis says that it sacrificed much life time just to make a career in film. "With 44 years I won an Academy Award, but I paid for it with my lifetime of the 20s. , The decade of my life from film school till 30 was nothing but work, nothing but absolute, driven work. I had no money and no life. "

1980 married Mary Ellen Trainor Zemeckis the actress, with whom he has a son named Alexander. This relationship has always been in tension with his film-making and ended in 2000 with divorce. In 2001 he married actress Leslie Harter.

Politically, Zemeckis operated repeatedly as a campaign sponsor for the Democratic Party.


Zemeckis ' first major success was the trilogy Back to the Future the end of the 1980s, for which he wrote the screenplay (along with Bob Gale ) and directed by. He received the 1995 "Oscar " in the category " Best Director " in the movie Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks in the lead role. He also directed Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Contact and Cast Away - Lost ( another collaboration with Hanks ).

Robert Zemeckis has created up to now eight films with box office receipts of over $ 100 million in the United States. He is one of the most loyal companions Steven Spielberg. Spielberg produced almost all of his films, and Robert Zemeckis also wrote the screenplay for the Steven Spielberg movie 1941 - Which way leads to Hollywood.

Robert Zemeckis founded in 1998 with Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke the production company Image Movers, which was closed in 2007 and reopened after some time by the Walt Disney Company as " Image Movers Digital." In addition, he founded along with Joel Silver and Gilbert Adler specialized in horror films production company Dark Castle Entertainment.

Zemeckis ' film The Polar Express was produced by motion capture completely computer animated and represents the third collaboration with Tom Hanks dar. After Beowulf comes from Charles Dickens ' A Christmas Carol also pure computer work with the same technology. In this his latest work Jim Carrey acted as a human model for the artificial computer generated figure.

Since Romancing the Stone of the directing of Robert Zemeckis by the film music of composer Alan Silvestri are marked (exception: two-fisted death). In 2012, he turned with his wife Leslie Zemeckis the documentaries " Bound by Flesh" about the Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton.