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Gender: Male

Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Wes Craven is an American movie director, producer, actor and writer in the film industry. He is best known for The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Red Eye and Scream. He was born on August 2, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. to mother Caroline and father Paul Craven. His birth name is Wesley Earl Craven, and he is now 6' 2" (1.88 m). He went to Wheaton College in Illinois and earned an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology. He then earned his masters degree in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

He was married to Bonnie Broecker from 1964–1969, and they had two children together, Jonathan Craven born in 1965 and Jessica Craven born in 1968. Jonathan followed in his father's footstep and became a writer and director. Jessica was a songwriter and singer in a group named Chapin Sisters. He married Mimi Craven July 25, 1982 and divorced in 1987 because he thought it was a sham. He married Iya Labunka on November 27, 2004 who worked in some of Craven's films as a producer.

Wes Craven taught English at Westminster College and was a humanities' professor at Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) in New York. He was not satisfied with his teaching career and pursued a career in the filming industry in 1971. He is the author of Fountain Society (1999) and Coming of Rage (2013). He was a producer in 1971 for Together. The first movie that Wes Craven directed, edited and wrote was The Last House on the Left in 1972.

Wes Craven Top 10 Horror Films that earned more than $30 million (all figures are an estimate)

  • Scream - $173,000,00
  • Scream 2 - $172,300,000
  • Scream 3 - $162,000,000
  • Scream 4 - $101,000,000
  • Red Eye - $96,000,000
  • The Hills Have Eyes - $70,000,000
  • The Hills Have Eyes 2 - $68,000,000
  • The Last House on the Left - $45,300,000
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors - $ 45,000,000
  • The People Under the Stairs - $31,000,000

Director Wes Craven Movies / Films:

Scream 4 (2011) aka Scre4m (2011) My Soul to Take (2010) aka 25/8, Bug, My Soul to Take 3D, Untitled Wes Craven Project (2010) Cursed (2005) aka Wes Craven's Cursed (2005) Red Eye (2005) Scream 3 (2000) aka Ghostface, Scream 3: Ghostface Killer (2000) Scream 2 (1997) aka Scream Again, Scream Louder, Scream: The Sequel (1997) Scream (1996) aka Scary Movie (1996) Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) aka Wes Craven's Vampire In Brooklyn (1995) New Nightmare (1994) aka A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Real Story, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 7: Freddy's Finale, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 7: The Ascension, The New Nightmare, Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) The People Under the Stairs (1991) Shocker (1989) aka Shocker: No More Mr. Nice Guy, Wes Craven's Shocker (1989) The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) Invitation to Hell (1984) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Swamp Thing (1982) The Hills Have Eyes (1977) aka Blood Relations, The Family That Woke Up Screaming, Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes (1977) The Last House on the Left (1972) aka Grim Company, Krug & Company, Last House on the Left, Night of Vengeance, Sex Crime of the Century (1972)

Reviewed Movies Directed by Wes Craven