Sean S. Cunningham

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Sean S. Cunningham
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Cunningham in 2014
Born Sean Sexton Cunningham
(1941-12-01) December 1, 1941 (age 75)
Occupation Film director, writer, producer, best known for the famous Friday the 13th
Years active 1970–present

Sean Sexton Cunningham (born December 1, 1941)[1] is an American film director, producer, and writer.


Cunningham graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and studied for a master's degree at Stanford University.[2]


His first jobs were managing theater companies such as New York's Lincoln Center, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Mineola Theater in Long Island.[citation needed] He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America. Cunningham is best known for creating the Friday the 13th series of horror films, which introduced the fictional killer Jason Voorhees. Of the 12 films in the series, the ones that had Sean's involvement were the original, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Jason X, Freddy vs. Jason, and the 2009 reboot. He has also produced many horror films, such as the House series and Wes Craven's debut feature, The Last House on the Left. He is the founder and CEO of Crystal Lake Entertainment.[3] Cunningham is set to produce the CW series adaption of Friday the 13th[4] as well as producing Friday the 13th: The Game.

As of 2015, he is also a member of the board of advisers for the Hollywood Horror Museum.






  1. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. p. 109. ISBN 9780810863781. 
  2. ^ Crystal Lake Entertainment
  3. ^ Crystal Lake Entertainment
  4. ^ New Friday the 13th: Crystal Lake Chronicles Details; The CW Interested

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