John McNaughton

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John McNaughton
Born (1950-01-13) January 13, 1950 (age 70)
OccupationFilm director, television director
Years active1984–present

John McNaughton (born January 13, 1950) is an American film and television director, originally from Chicago, Illinois, known for his first film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.


His first feature film,[1] made in 1986, was Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film McNaughton directed, co-wrote, and co-produced.[2] Numerous complications plagued the controversial film,[1] delaying its theatrical release until 1989. The film made Time magazine's and Roger Ebert's ten best lists and won best picture honors at Fantasporto, Sitges Film Festival and the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film.[1]

His other works include the films Mad Dog and Glory and Wild Things, the documentary Condo Painting as well as episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, John From Cincinnati, Masters of Horror and the pilot episode for Push, Nevada.

Personal life[edit]

McNaughton studied fine arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in television production and a minor in photography.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d John McNaughton Biography Archived May 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine from the HBO website
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (September 14, 1990). "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer". Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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