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George A. Romero

George A. Romero (born 4 February, 1940) is an American director, writer, editor, actor and composer.

He was born and grew up in New York City, and attended Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation, he began shooting mostly short films and commercials. He and friends formed Image Ten Productions in the late 1960s and they all chipped in roughly $10,000 apiece to produce what became one of the most celebrated horror films of all time, which he had written together with John A. Russo: Night of the Living Dead (1968). The movie became a cult classic in the 1970s.

Romero's next films were less popular: There's Always Vanilla (1971), The Crazies (1973), Season of the Witch (1973) and Martin (1978). Though not as acclaimed as Night of the Living Dead or some of his later work, these films had his signature social commentary while dealing with issues (usually horror-related) at the microscopic level. And like almost all of his films, they were shot in or around Romero's favorite city of Pittsburgh.

In 1978, Romero returned to the zombie genre with Dawn of the Dead (1978). Shot on just $1.5 million, the film earned over $40m worldwide and was named one of the top cult films by Entertainment Weekly in 2003.

The decline of Romero's career came in the late 1980s. His last majorly-released film was the final piece of the Dead trilogy, Day of the Dead (movie) (1985).

Romero still lives in Pittsburgh.


  1. The Ill, 2004
  2. Bruiser, 2000
  3. The Dark Half, 1993
  4. Due occhi diabolici, 1990

  5. Monkey Shines, 1988
  6. Day of the Dead (movie), 1985
  7. Tales from the Darkside, 1984 TV Series
  8. Creepshow, 1982
  9. Knightriders, 1981
  10. Dawn of the Dead, 1978
  11. Martin, 1978
  12. O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose, 1974
  13. The Winners, 1973 TV Series
  14. Season of the Witch, 1973
  15. The Crazies, 1973
  16. There's Always Vanilla, 1971
  17. Night of the Living Dead, 1968

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