George A. Romero


04 Feb 1940


The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA


George Andrew Romero


George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The helmer of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 in New York City, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother. He grew up in NY, until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After graduation, he began shooting mostly short films and commercials. He and his friends formed "Image Ten Productions" in the late 1960s and they all chipped in roughly US$10,000 a piece to produce what became one of the most celebrated American horror films of all time: Night of the Living Dead (1968). Shot in black-and-white on a budget of just over US$100,000, Romero's vision, combined with a solid script written by him and his "Image" co-founder John A. Russo (along with what was then considered an excess of gore) enabled the film to earn back far more than what it cost, became a cult classic by the early 1970s and was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress of the United States in 1999. Romero's next films were a little more low-key and less seen including There's Always Vanilla (1971), The Crazies (1973), Hungry Wives (1972) (where he met his future wife Christine Forrest) and Martin (1977). Though not as acclaimed as Night of the Living Dead (1968), or some of his later work, these films had his signature social commentary while dealing with issues, usually horror-related, at the microscopic level. Like almost all of his films, they were shot in, or around, Romero's favorite city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1978, Romero returned to the zombie genre with the one film of his that would top the success of Night of the Living Dead (1968): Dawn of the Dead (1978). He managed to divorce the franchise from Image Ten, which screwed up the copyright on the original and allowed the film to enter into public domain, with the result that Romero and his original investors were not entitled to any profits from the film's video releases. Shooting in the Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Mall during late-night hours, Romero told the tale of four people who escape a zombie outbreak and lock themselves up inside what they think is paradise before the solitude makes them victims of their own, and a biker gang's, greed. Shot on a budget of just $1.5 million, the film earned over US$40 million worldwide and was named one of the top cult films by Entertainment Weekly magazine in 2003. The film also marked Romero's first work with brilliant make-up and effects artist Tom Savini. After 1978, Romero and Savini teamed up many times. Dawn of the Dead (1978)'s success led to bigger budgets and better casts for the filmmaker. First was Knightriders (1981), where he first worked with an up-and-coming Ed Harris. Then came perhaps his most Hollywood-like film, Creepshow (1982), which marked the first, but not the last, time Romero adapted a work by famed horror novelist Stephen King. With many major stars and big-studio distribution, Creepshow (1982) was a moderate success and spawned a sequel, which was also written by Romero.

The decline of Romero's career came in the late 1980s. His last widely-released film was the next "Dead" film, Day of the Dead (1985). Derided by critics, it did not take in much at the box office, either. His latest two efforts were The Dark Half (1993), (another Stephen King adaptation) and Bruiser (2000). Even the Romero-penned, Tom Savini-directed remake of Romero's first film, Night of the Living Dead (1990), was a box-office failure. Pigeon-holed solely as a horror director and his recent films no longer achieving the success of his earlier "Dead" films, Romero has not worked much since, much to the chagrin of his following. In 2005, 19 years after Day of the Dead (1985), with major-studio distribution, he returned to his most famous series and horror sub-genre he created with Land of the Dead (2005), a further exploration of the destruction of modern society by the undead, that received both excellent and indifferent reviews and even topped the United States box-office in its first week of release. He still resides in Pittsburgh.

Actor ( 54 credits )

Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (2015) Himself
Bizarre Transmissions from the Bermuda Triangle (2015)  Himself (2 episodes, 2015)
Reelside (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Doc of the Dead (2014) Himself
Birth of the Living Dead (2013) Himself - Filmmaker
A Fish Story (2013) Nick's dad
The Rep (2012) Himself
Undead Noise (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Deadtime Stories: Volume 2 (2011) Himself - Host
To Romero with Love (2011) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cinemall (2011) Himself
The Walking Dead Girls (2011) Himself
Cinema Cool (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Le Golden Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Hotel Bela (2011)  Himself
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Under the Scares (2010) Himself
Deadtime Stories (2009) Himself - Host
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (2009) Washington Reporter (archive footage) (archive sound) (
The Rotten Tomatoes Show (2009)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 2010)
J'irai loler sur vos tombes (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009) Himself
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero (2008) Himself
The Lead Up to Diary: Romero Speaks (2008) Himself
One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead' (2008) Himself
Diary of the Dead (2007) Police Chief Arthur Katz (uncredited)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Phineas and Ferb (2007)  Reporter Don Adaded (1 episode, 2014)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Dead Eyes Open (2006) Wissenschaftler
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) Himself (as George Romero)
Land of the Dead (2005) Puppeteer (voice) (uncredited)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Artworks Scotland (2004)  Himself (interviewed) (1 episode, 2005)
The American Nightmare (2000) Himself
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
Ireland AM (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Chiller Cinema (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
100 Years of Horror (1996)  Himself - Director, 'Night of the Living Dead' (archiv
Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Terror (1991) Washington Reporter (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) FBI Agent in Memphis (uncredited)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Incredibly Strange Film Show (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Drive-In Madness! (1987) Himself
Flight of the Spruce Goose (1986) Gromero
Day of the Dead (1985) Zombie with Scarf (uncredited)
Document of the Dead (1985) Himself
Dawn of the Dead (1978) TV Director / Nick - Biker in Santa Claus Suit (uncredi
Martin (1978) Father Howard
The Crazies (1973) Extra at Dance / High School Infirmary (uncredited)
There's Always Vanilla (1971) Beer Comercial Director (voice)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) Washington Reporter (uncredited)

Producer ( 9 credits )

Deadtime Stories: Volume 2 (2011) executive producer
The Crazies (2010) executive producer
Survival of the Dead (2009) executive producer
Deadtime Stories (2009) executive producer
One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead' (2008) executive producer
The Dark Half (1993) executive producer
Night of the Living Dead (1990) executive producer
Tales from the Darkside (1983) executive producer (77 episodes, 1984-1988)
The Winners (1973) producer (1 episode, 1973)

Writer ( 23 credits )

The Living Dead 3D (2018) (based on a screenplay by)
Day of the Dead (2017) (characters)
The Crazies (2010)
Survival of the Dead (2009) (written by)
Day of the Dead (2008)
Diary of the Dead (2007) (written by)
Il pianto della statua (2007) (short story "The Wind Sculpture")
Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006) (1968 screenplay)
Land of the Dead (2005) (written by)
Dawn of the Dead (2004) (1978 screenplay)
The Dark Half (1993)
Two Evil Eyes (1990) (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) (screenplay) (segment "Lot 249")
Monkey Shines (1988)
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Day of the Dead (1985) (written by)
Tales from the Darkside (1983) (4 episodes, 1983-1986)
Knightriders (1981) (written by)
Dawn of the Dead (1978) (written by)
Martin (1978) (written by)
The Crazies (1973) (screenplay)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (screenplay) (as George Romero)

Director ( 18 credits )

Survival of the Dead (2009)
Diary of the Dead (2007)
Land of the Dead (2005)
Bruiser (2000)
The Dark Half (1993)
Two Evil Eyes (1990) (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar") (as G
Monkey Shines (1988)
Day of the Dead (1985)
Creepshow (1982)
Knightriders (1981)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Martin (1978)
The Crazies (1973)
The Winners (1973) (1 episode, 1974)
Hungry Wives (1972)
There's Always Vanilla (1971)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Expostulations (1962)