John Waters

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Date of Birth April 22, 1946
Place of Birth Baltimore, Maryland
Age 74 years old
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John Waters

John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist. Born and raised in Baltimore, Waters rose to prominence in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films, including Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, and Female Trouble. He wrote and directed the 1988 film Hairspray which became an international success and turned into a hit Broadway musical which has remained in almost continuous production. Waters has written and directed other successful films, including Polyester, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker, and Cecil B. Demented. As an actor, Waters has appeared in films such as Sweet and Lowdown, Seed of Chucky, Excision, and Suburban Gothic. More recently, he performs in his touring one-man show This Filthy World. Waters has often worked with actor Divine and his regular cast of the Dreamlanders. In addition to filmmaking and acting, Waters also works as an artist and across different mediums such as installations, photography, and sculpture.

Born: John Samuel Waters Jr, April 22, 1946, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Education: Boys' Latin School of Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art
Occupation: Filmmaker, writer, director, actor, writer, artist
Years active: 1964–present
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About John Waters

Filmmaker known for such subversive cult movies as Pink Flamingos and Polyester. He also directed the more mainstream feature Hairspray, a 1988 film that later became a hit Broadway musical. His acting credits include roles in Seed of Chucky, My Name is Earl, and Sweet and Lowdown.

Before Fame

As a child, he was artistically inspired by the puppet characters in the 1953 MGM film Lili.


He enjoyed casting notorious figures in his movies, including adult film star Traci Lords and famous kidnap victim Patty Hearst.

Family Life

He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland as the son of John Samuel Waters and Patricia Ann Whitaker. He married Zoe Burton and he has five children.


Ricki Lake starred in his 1988 film Hairspray.

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