Template:IMDb name

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IMDb name at the Internet Movie Database

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This is a template to generate links to the Internet Movie Database for names of film personnel. It should only be used in the "external links" section of an article.

To link a work (film/movie, TV or Web program/series, video game, etc.), use {{IMDb title}}.
To link a specific TV episode or Web series episode, use {{IMDb episode}}.
To link an episode list, use {{IMDb episodes}}.
To link a company, use {{IMDb company}}.
To link a character, use {{IMDb character}}.
To link an award, use {{IMDb award}}.


The required parameter is the ID number. The template then uses the article title as the anchor text:

* {{IMDb name |ID}}
* {{IMDb name | id = ID }}

To have the link text be other than the article name, use second parameter:

* {{IMDb name |ID |Name}}
* {{IMDb name | id = ID | name = Name}}

This can be used when the Wikipedia page name contains disambiguation brackets; for example at the page John Smith (actor) use {{IMDb name|0808774|John Smith}} to have "John Smith at the Internet Movie Database" rather than "John Smith (actor) at the Internet Movie Database". This is also necessary should you need to add an IMDb link to an article about somebody or something other than the linked person (for example, if you include the IMDb link for Bette Davis in the Joan Crawford article, you must specify Bette Davis's name as the text for the link using this option).

The parameter |section= can be set to award (alternatively awards) or bio (alternatively biography) to link to the awards or biography section for that person.

  • {{IMDb name|0000008|Marlon Brando|section=award}} gives:
Awards for Marlon Brando at the Internet Movie Database
  • {{IMDb name|0000008|Marlon Brando|section=bio}} gives:
Biography for Marlon Brando at the Internet Movie Database

Detailed instructions

  1. Copy and paste one of the options above into the article
  2. Go to http://www.imdb.com/ and search for the person you want (say, Marlon Brando; you'll reach http://www.imdb.com/find?q=Marlon+Brando&s=all)
  3. Click on the correct Marlon Brando in the list; this will bring up the page:
    1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000008/
  4. Copy only the 7-digit number (here, "0000008"), omitting the "nm" but keep all the leading zeros (although IMDb seems to add missing leading zeroes in desktop mode [www.imdb.com], but in mobile mode [m.imdb.com] all 7 digits are needed or an error page is served)
  5. Replace "ID" in the template code with the number
    1. For the first option above, you'll then have
      * {{IMDb name|0000008}} resulting in:
      Note that the link text is the same as the title of the page the template is used on; outside the page "Marlon Brando", use the second option:
    2. Replace "ID" with the number and "Name" with "Marlon Brando"
      * {{IMDb name|0000008|Marlon Brando}} results in:

Template data

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

IMDb name

This template generates links to the Internet Movie Database for names of film personnel.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Status
IMDb ID 1id The IMDb ID for the target page. number empty required
Display name 2name Name that you want to have displayed. Defaults to article title. string empty optional
IMDb article section section Set to "award" or "awards" to link to the awards section. Set to "bio" or "biography" to link to the biography section. string empty optional

See also