A professional risk-taker and innovator throughout his career, David Cronenberg has been able to use his fascination with the bizarre to create a big-screen world all his own. Born in Toronto on March 15, 1943, Cronenberg is a director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
Cronenberg studied English Literature and Science at the University of Toronto. His friend, David Sector, turned him onto filmmaking, and while he was still a student, Cronenberg made two short films: "Transfer" (1966) depicting the stalking of a psychiatrist by a patient; and "From the Drain" (1967) a black and white film of two elderly men discussing a war while sitting in a bathtub in bathroom of a veteran's home. Both have become cult classics, not just for fans of the dark filmmaker, but in the independent film world as well. "Stereo" (1969) and "Crimes of the Future" (1970) garnered early critical attention and showcased Cronenberg's longstanding fascination with biological horror. But it was Shivers in 1975, with its depiction of an artificially created parasite that releases uncontrollable sexual desire, that launched his career as a horror and science fiction writer and director.