Steve Barron

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Steven Barron
Steve Barron and Eddie Izzard.jpg
Barron in 2011
Born (1956-05-04) 4 May 1956 (age 61)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Film director, film producer, music video director
Years active 1979–present

Steven "Steve" Barron (born 4 May 1956) is an Irish film director, film producer and music video director. He is best known for directing the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993) and the innovative music videos for a-ha's "Take on Me" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".

Early life[edit]

Barron was born in Dublin, Ireland, the younger child of filmmaker Zelda Ruth (née Solomons) Barron (1929–2006)[1] and actor Ron Barron, who met in London. Zelda and Ron married in 1953; the marriage was later dissolved. His mother was a Manchester-born filmmaker. He has an older sister, Siobhan.[1] He attended St Marylebone Grammar School in London.


Barron made his music video directorial debut in 1979 and directed various music videos, including "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, and "Take on Me" by a-ha. Barron only made eight music videos in the early 80s and made his temporarily last music video in 1986 for David Bowie's "As the World Falls Down".[citation needed]

In 1984, he directed the science fiction comedy Electric Dreams, and then went on to direct several episodes of the television series The Storyteller before returning to film, directing the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990, The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1996, Rat in 2000 and Mike Bassett: England Manager in 2001. Barron directed several award winning miniseries, such as Merlin (1998), Arabian Nights (2000) and Dreamkeeper (2003) for Hallmark Entertainment. In July 2010 it was revealed that Barron would make a return to music videos, directing the final video of a-ha, "Butterfly, Butterfly".

In late 2011, Barron's two-part production of Treasure Island was shown on British Sky television. The cast included Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver and Elijah Wood as Ben Gunn.[2]

In November 2014, he published his autobiography entitled Egg n Chips & Billie Jean: A Trip Through the Eighties.[3]

Music videos[edit]

Some of the notable music videos Barron directed include:


  1. ^ a b Simon Relph (12 September 2006). "Obituary: Zelda Barron". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Rose, Steve, "Elijah Wood: 'I was thrilled to play Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit'", The Guardian, 22 December 2011; retrieved 25 December 2011.
  3. ^ Hawksley, R. "'Michael Jackson? I was more excited about The Human League!'",, 27 November 2014; retrieved 28 November 2014.

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