Roland Emmerich

BirthDay:

10 Nov 1955

BirthPlace:

Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Bio:

Roland Emmerich is a German film director of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996), and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, He originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director after watching the original Star Wars. Emmerich began his career in his native Germany. In his youth, he pursued painting and sculpting. While enrolled in the director's program at film school in Munich, his student film Das Arche Noah Prinzip (1984) went on to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. The feature became a huge success and was sold to more than 20 countries. In an amazing trivia He directed his first feature, The Noah's Ark Principle, in 1984. He is openly gay and a campaigner for the LGBT community.

A director/writer/producer with a flair for special effects-driven action, German Roland Emmerich made himself at home in blockbuster-hungry 1990s Hollywood. Born and educated in West Germany, Emmerich studied production design as well as direction at the Munich Film and Television School. After his student film, The Noah's Ark Principle, debuted at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival, Emmerich formed his production company Centropolis and directed supernatural fantasies Making Contact (1986) and Ghost Chase (1987), and the straight-to-video action film Moon 44 (1990). On the latter, he met actor Dean Devlin who subsequently switched jobs to become Emmerich's writing and producing partner once Emmerich set up shop in Hollywood.

After making his solo Hollywood debut directing Jean-Claude Van Damme in the cyborg action fest Universal Soldier (1992), Emmerich and Devlin revealed a talent for conjuring A-level action spectacles out of B-movie scenarios with their first film together, Stargate (1994). A space odyssey mixing ancient Egyptiana and high-tech wizardry, Stargate became an unexpected hit. Emmerich hit his blockbuster stride with his next film, Independence Day (1996). With its eye-popping destruction of major cities and climactic annihilation of a spacecraft via portable computer, Independence Day blew away its summer movie competition on the strength of its visual flash. Geared to repeat with the endlessly- and creatively-hyped version of Godzilla (1998), Emmerich instead faced the conundrum of directing a $100 million grossing film that did not live up to box office expectations. Emmerich and Devlin next turned their epic visions to the decidedly lower-tech (but still CGI-enhanced) action of the American Revolution in the Mel Gibson summer vehicle The Patriot (2000).
Filmography

Actor ( 27 credits )

FX Movie Download (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
Circus Halligalli (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Der Bernd (2012) Himself
Hollywood between Paranoia and Sci-Fi. The Power of Myth (2011) Himself
Die Harald Schmidt Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Raise Your Voice (2009) Himself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009)  Film Director / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Anke Late Night (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
4Pop (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
Berlin Mitte (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The 120 Days of Bottrop (1997) Himself
Die Harald Schmidt Show (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Movie Magic (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Good Day L.A. (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (4 episodes, 1996-2008)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)

Producer ( 29 credits )

Undying (2018) executive producer
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) producer
Stonewall (2015) producer
Coming In (2014) executive producer
White House Down (2013) producer
Last Will & Testament (2012) executive producer
Hell (2011) executive producer
Anonymous (2011) producer
2012 (2009) executive producer
Shirley Adams (2009) executive producer
10,000 BC (2008) producer
Trade (2007) producer
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) producer
Eight Legged Freaks (2002) executive producer
The Patriot (2000) executive producer
The Thirteenth Floor (1999) producer
Godzilla (1998) executive producer
Godzilla: The Series (1998) executive producer (40 episodes, 1998-2000)
The Visitor (1997) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Independence Day (1996) executive producer
The High Crusade (1994) producer
Eye of the Storm (1991) executive producer
Moon 44 (1990) producer
Joey (1985) co-producer
Das Arche Noah Prinzip (1984) co-producer
Independence Day 3 (0) producer
North End (0) executive producer
Maya Lord (0) producer
Moonfall (0) producer

Writer ( 14 credits )

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) (characters)
2012 (2009) (written by) &
10,000 BC (2008) (written by) &
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Godzilla (1998) (story) &
Stargate SG-1 (1997) (unknown episodes)
The Visitor (1997) (creator) (3 episodes, 1997)
Independence Day (1996) (written by)
Stargate (1994) (written by)
Moon 44 (1990)
Ghost Chase (1987)
Joey (1985) (written by) and
Franzmann (1979) (writer)
Independence Day 3 (0) (characters)

Director ( 21 credits )

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Stonewall (2015)
White House Down (2013)
Anonymous (2011)
2012 (2009)
10,000 BC (2008)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
The Patriot (2000)
Godzilla (1998)
Independence Day (1996)
Stargate (1994)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Moon 44 (1990)
Ghost Chase (1987)
Joey (1985)
Das Arche Noah Prinzip (1984)
Franzmann (1979)
Wilde Witwe (1979)
Independence Day 3 (0)
Maya Lord (0)
Moonfall (0)