M. Night Shyamalan

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
One of the most successful and controversial filmmakers of the late 1990s and into the next millennium, M. Night Shyamalan was the writer and director of such supernaturally themed dramas as "The Sixth Sense" (1999) ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1970 in Mahé, Pondicherry, IN

Filmography

Director (14)

Tales from the Crypt 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Director

The Visit 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Wayward Pines 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Labor of Love (Fox) 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

After Earth 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Airbender 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Signs 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Unbreakable 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Wide Awake 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Praying With Anger 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (13)

The Visit 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Labor of Love (Fox) 2014 (Movie)

(Original Draft) (Screenplay)

After Earth 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Devil 2010 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Last Airbender 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Signs 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unbreakable 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wide Awake 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Praying With Anger 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (11)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

Vick Ran (Actor)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

Guard at Desk (Actor)

M. Night Shyamalan's Signs of Fear 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

Signs 2002 (Movie)

Ray Reddy (Actor)

Unbreakable 2000 (Movie)

Stadium Drug Dealer (Actor)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

Dr Hill (Actor)

Praying With Anger 1993 (Movie)

Dev Raman (Actor)
Producer (11)

The Visit 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Labor of Love (Fox) 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

After Earth 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Devil 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Airbender 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Signs 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Unbreakable 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Praying With Anger 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

One of the most successful and controversial filmmakers of the late 1990s and into the next millennium, M. Night Shyamalan was the writer and director of such supernaturally themed dramas as "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Signs" (2002) and "The Village" (2004). Like his idol, Steven Spielberg, Shyamalan's films concerned ordinary people who must draw on faith, family and friendship to help them contend with overwhelming and often unnatural forces. He was also known for ending his pictures with an ironic "sting" that, for better or worse, left audiences reeling at the final fade-out. Though "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs" were blockbuster hits, his other efforts received mixed or even hostile reviews from critics and audiences, and a much-publicized clash with Disney over the production of 2006's "Lady in the Water" diminished his profile by the time he released his first R-rated film, "The Happening," in 2008. Although given more shots at helming big-budget fare with "The Last Airbender" (2010) and "After Earth" (2013), both films fell considerably short of expectations, leaving Shyamalan's next career move uncertain. However, the success of the limited television series "Wayward Pines" (Fox 2015) and the horror film "The Visit" (2015) showed that the filmmaker's career was capable of its own unexpected twists.

Relationships

Daughter
Born in 1999 mother, Bhavna Shyamalan

Bhavna Shyamalan

Wife
Met at NYU married in 1993

Nelliate Shyamalan

Father
Moved family from India to Pennsylvania received producer credit on Shyamalan's debut film

Jayalakshmi Shyamalan

Mother
Moved with family from India to Pennsylvania received producer credit on Shyamalan's debut film

Saleka Shyamalan

Daughter
Born in 1996 mother, Bhavna Shyamalan

Veena Shyamalan

Sister
Born in 1964

EDUCATION

New York University

New York, New York 1993
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Waldron Academy

Merion Station, Pennsylvania
Name later changed to Waldron Mercy Academy; filmed "Wide Awake" in 1995 on the school grounds

The Episcopal Academy

Merion, Pennsylvania
Shyamalan was a National Merit Scholar

Milestones

2015

Wrote and directed "The Visit," his most critically and commercially successful film since "Signs"

2015

Served as executive producer of the Fox limited series "Wayward Pines"; also directed the pilot

2013

Directed and co-wrote "After Earth," starring Will and Jaden Smith

2010

Produced the supernatural thriller, "Devil"

2010

Produced, wrote, and directed the action adventure film, "The Last Airbender"

2008

Wrote and directed the apocalyptic film, "The Happening" starring Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel

2006

Directed (also wrote) Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard in "Lady in the Water"; also co-starred

2004

Featured in the Sci-fi channel documentary, "The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan

2004

Re-teamed with Joaquin Phoenix to direct "The Village"

2002

Helmed the supernatural thriller "Signs" starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix; also wrote

2000

Directed and wrote the thriller "Unbreakable" starring Willis and Samuel L. Jackson; also made a cameo

1999

Wrote and directed breakthrough film "The Sixth Sense," starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment; made cameo appearance as a doctor

1997

Hired to rewrite script for the live-action film, "Stuart Little" (1999)

1995

Directed (also wrote) second feature, "Wide Awake"; was not theatrically released until 1998

1993

Sold screenplay "Labor of Love" to Fox Entertainment for $750,000; was attached to direct, but project was shelved

1992

Made first film, the semiautobiographical drama "Praying with Anger," while still an NYU student

Bonus Trivia

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His last name was pronounced SHAH-ma-lawn.

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Shyamalan's frequent use of twist endings was often satirized in popular culture, including a running gag on the animated series "Robot Chicken" and a sketch during his September 2015 appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

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Rather than using stock or library sound effects, Shyamalan created entirely original soundscapes for his films.

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Often shot his films in and around his hometown of Philadelphia.

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In 2003, Shyamalan was attached to the film adaptation of Yann Martel's "Life of Pi," and was set to write his own screenplay for the film. He left the project the following year after having misgivings about the fact that the book had a twist ending.

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