Image of John Waters

John Waters

1946-04-22 Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Image of John Waters


Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns. As his filmmaking grew more polished and his subject matter more shocking, his audiences grew bigger, and his write-ups in the Baltimore papers more outraged. By the early 1970s he was making features, which he managed to get shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas by sheer perseverance. Success came when Pink Flamingos (1972) - a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste - took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actor Divine's infamous dog-crap eating scene. Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray (1988), and although his movies nowadays might now appear cleaned up and professional, they retain Waters' playfulness, and reflect his lifelong obsessions.


The Velvet Underground Self 2021-10-15
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time - Vol. 1: Midnight Madness Host 2020-04-21
The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo Himself 2020-11-20
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 2: Horror and Sci-Fi Host 2020-05-19
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 3: Comedy and Camp Self 2020-06-23
Joel Calls Indie Film Type Dudes 2020-03-23
At the Video Store Self 2019-10-11
Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn Himself 2019-09-29
Obscene Dogma 19 Lars von Queer 2019-12-14
30/30 Vision: Three Decades of Strand Releasing 2019-12-14
Sniffing Out ‘Polyester’ Himself 2019-01-01
Sickies Making Films Self 2018-02-22
Mugworth Sir Butler 2018-11-02
Crime and Beauty: Making ‘Female Trouble’ 2018-01-01
Mansfield 66/67 Himself 2017-01-29
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution Himself 2017-06-12
In Conversation With Director John Waters, Actress Kathleen Turner and Actress Mink Stole himself 2016-05-09
Whatever Happened to Gelitin Himself 2016-03-10
Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment Self 2015-10-30
Tab Hunter Confidential Himself 2015-03-15
The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin 2015-09-08
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip First Class Passenger 2015-12-17
Suburban Gothic Cornelius 2014-07-19
I Am Divine Himself 2013-03-09
The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies Self 2013-03-27
Paul Bowles: The Cage Door Is Always Open 2012-09-25
Excision William 2012-09-12
Mansome Himself 2012-05-18
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth Self - Director 2012-10-31
Charles Manson, The Church of Satan, The Universal Order & The Process Church of Final Judgment 2012-06-06
These Amazing Shadows Self 2011-01-22
The Advocate for Fagdom Himself 2011-11-04
Blank City Himself 2011-04-06
Mangus! 2011-01-01
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Self 2010-11-05
Beautiful Darling Self 2010-04-02
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore 2010-06-01
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism Himself 2009-03-01
It Came from Kuchar Self 2009-09-22
Starz Inside: In the Gutter Himself 2008-07-29
The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels Narrator 2008-10-31
New Line Cinema: The First Generation and the Next Generation 2008-03-05
Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press Himself 2008-09-26
Coven of the Heathenites Himself 2008-01-01
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner Himself 2007-02-16
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis Himself 2007-04-11
Jackass 2.5 Himself 2007-12-18
Hairspray Flasher 2007-07-19
There's a Hippo in my House Narrator (Voice) 2007-10-21
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story Himself 2007-11-08
Each Time I Kill Movie Watcher 2007-03-30
This Film Is Not Yet Rated Self - Director of 'A Dirty Shame' 2006-01-26
Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' Self 2006-10-03
Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades 2006-03-21
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off & On Broadway Himself 2006-08-01
Jackass Number Two Himself 2006-09-22
(buz'be bur'kle) n. A Study in Style Himself 2006-03-21
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Himself 2006-06-20
Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes 2006-03-21
Mommie Dearest: Joan Lives On 2006-06-06
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Self 2006-01-01
This Filthy World Himself 2006-11-24
That Man: Peter Berlin Himself 2006-01-13
Meet The Kuchar Brothers 2006-01-01
I, of the Cyclops 2006-01-01
All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' Himself 2005-06-14
Inside Deep Throat Self 2005-02-11
It Came from... Baltimore!! Himself 2005-05-12
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea Narrator 2004-10-29
Seed of Chucky Pete Peters 2004-11-11
Thinking XXX Self 2004-10-27
A History of Sex Himself 2003-01-14
Abby Singer Himself 2003-10-28
The Cockettes Self 2002-01-16
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat The Reverend 2002-03-31
Memories of Oz Himself 2001-06-24
Cecil B. Demented Reporter 2000-05-17
In Bad Taste Himself 2000-01-01
Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story 2000-09-08
Forever Hollywood Himself 1999-01-01
Sweet and Lowdown Mr. Haynes 1999-12-03
Pecker Pervert on Phone (voice) 1998-09-25
Anarchy TV 1998-01-31
Welcome to Hollywood John Waters 1998-10-01
Divine Trash Himself 1998-01-18
Anthem Self 1997-07-25
Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! 1996-08-13
Serial Mom Ted Bundy (voice) 1994-04-13
Growing Up with John Waters Himself 1993-01-01
Gastronomic Getaway 1991-01-01
Homer and Eddie Robber #1 1989-08-17
Hairspray Dr. Fredrickson 1988-02-26
Way USA! 1988-01-01
Something Wild Used Car Guy 1986-11-07
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency 1986-01-01
Divine Waters Self 1985-01-01
Edith's Shopping Bag Himself 1976-01-01
Love Letter to Edie Himself 1975-01-01
Pink Flamingos Narrator 1972-03-12
Mondo Trasho Reporter (voice) (uncredited) 1969-03-14