Shyamalan, Manoj Nelliyattu

Born: Aug 06, 1970 AD
Currently alive, at 45 years of age.

Nationality: Indian
Categories: Film Director

1970 - Born on August 6th in Pondicherry, Tamil-Nadu, India but raised in Philadelphia, where he attended a private Catholic school.

1986 - Inspired by the films of Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock, he began experimenting with an old-fashioned 8mm camera. By his 16th birthday, he had made 45 short films.

1992 - His first two films flopped. Praying With Anger, an autobiographical drama starring Shyamalan as a young Indian-American who visits Madras, was screened at the Toronto Film Festival, but poorly received and not distributed. Wide Awake, a comedy with serious overtones, told the story of a young boy grieving for his dead grandfather and asking spiritual questions about Grandpa's eternal fate.

1993 - Married to his high school girlfriend, Bhavna Shyamalan.

         - Graduated with BFA degree in Film from New York University.

1998-2006 - Directed the films, Lady in the Water, The VIllage, Signs, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense, and Wide Awake.

         - Endorser of American Express.
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