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
— Wes Craven (@wescraven) August 23, 2013