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Ed Wood

Biography

Director, maker, and author of low-budget campy movies, especially the 1950’s features Program 9 From SPACE, Glen or Glenda, and Bride-to-be from the Monster. He was clothed in dresses and dresses until he was 12 years of age. He was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 1994 biopic film Ed Hardwood, that was directed by Tim Burton. He wedded Norma McCarty in 1955, however the few divorced the next year. Then wedded Kathleen O’Hara in 1959. He previously a daughter called Kathleen Emily Hardwood. Horror professional Bela Lugosi starred in several Wood’s movies.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ed Wood
Date Of Birth October 10, 1924
Died December 10, 1978, North Hollywood, California, United States
Place Of Birth Poughkeepsie, NY
Profession Director
Nationality American
Spouse Kathleen O'Hara, Norma McCarty
Children Kathleen Emily Wood
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actor of the Year, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Makeup & Hair, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, Czech Lion Award for Best Foreign Film, Satellite Award for Best DVD Extra
Movies Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster, Jail Bait, Night of the Ghouls, Orgy of the Dead, The Sinister Urge, The Violent Years, The Bride and the Beast, Take It Out in Trade, Fugitive Girls, Final Curtain, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes, Revenge of the Virgins, Anatomy of a Psycho, RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 from Outer Space, Venus Flytrap, Outlaw Queen, Crossroad Avenger, Crossroads of Laredo, Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan
Star Sign Libra

  • Facts
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  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1Had a daughter named Kathleen Emily Wood.
2The AKA Akdov Telmig was used for one film only, and that name read backwards denotes the mood in which One Million AC/DC (1969) was filmed: Vodka Gimlet.
3Profiled in Tom Weaver's book "It Came from Weaver Five" (McFarland & Co., 1996).
4Hired Lyle Talbot and Bela Lugosi at the nadir of their careers. Both actors would be paid off daily in cash, not necessarily by their demands (although Lugosi was often insistent due to his addiction to pain killers). Wood habitually paid off everyone, cast and crew, in cash. In the last few years of his life, this habit led to him being robbed while stumbling out of liquor stores in the seedy neighborhood he lived in.
5Noted actor George Zucco, whose career had hit the skids and who was trying to recover from a recent stroke, approached Wood about working for him in 1953. Zucco literally begged him for work, but Wood had nothing in the casting stage at the time.
6Executor of B-picture actor Kenne Duncan's estate. Duncan and Wood were good friends and longtime drinking buddies. Wood held Duncan's wake (a BYOB event) at the pool of his apartment building and invited guests to give their recollections of his friend on the diving board.
7One of his regular cast members was Lyle Talbot, who also played Commissioner Gordon in one of the first Batman serials. The biopic of Ed Wood was directed by Tim Burton, who also directed two Batman films.
8Three of his films have been lampooned on the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988): Bride of the Monster (1955), The Violent Years (1956) and The Sinister Urge (1960). MST's producers considered including Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), but found it had too much dialog for the show's format, and that it would make too obvious a target, stating that "Everyone's made fun of 'Plan 9 From Outer Space'." Series regular and head writer Michael J. Nelson would, however, go on to do an audio commentary for a 2006 DVD release.
9Is portrayed by Johnny Depp in Ed Wood (1994)
10Born October 10th, the same day that his idol Orson Welles died many years later.
11Enlisted in the US Marine Corps in May of 1942. His claims to wearing women's underwear beneath his uniform in battle never seemed to distract him from his duty: In addition to taking part in combat in the Marshall Islands and Naumea, he also survived the bloody battle for Tarawa. By all accounts he was fierce in combat. During the invasion he had most of his front teeth knocked out in hand-to-hand combat with a Japanese soldier. Wood later served in a G-2 (intelligence) unit in the South Pacific, until he was shot by an enemy machine-gun in his legs, which became gangrenous. He served out the remainder of his time as an office typist, and was honorably discharged in 1944. He was decorated with the Silver and Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and Sharpshooter's Medal. By all accounts, Wood was an exemplary combat soldier.
12Upon returning to the US following WWII, he briefly attended Northwestern University in Chicago before joining a travelling carnival (he started out as the Geek, biting the heads off of live chickens, before becoming the Half Man, Half Woman).
13His first wife, Norma McCarty, kicked him out of their house on their wedding night when she discovered he was wearing women's underwear. The marriage was never consummated, serving as grounds for an annulment less than four months later.
14The continued interest in Wood led to two of his steamy adult paperbacks being reset and republished. They included "Death of a Transvestite" (1967, aka "Let Me Die in Drag") republished in 1995 and 1999, and "Killer in Drag" (1965) that was republished in 1999.
15A surviving non-fiction manuscript, supposedly written by Wood, about working in Hollywood was published as "Hollywood Rat Race" in December 1998.
16At the time of his death, the industry newspaper, Variety, failed to run his obituary.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grave Robbers from Outer Spacecreator filming
Splathouse: Plan 9 from Outer Space2016Short based on an original screenplay by
Plan 92015earlier screenplay
Glen or the Bride of the Night of the Plan 9 from Outer Space2014Short
The Vampire's Tomb2013original screenplay
Return to Laredo: Requiem for a Cowboy2008Short 1995 screenplay "Crossroads of Laredo"
Plan Live from Outer Space2006Video story
The Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space2003Video archive footage
Devil Girls1999novel
The Erotic World of A.C. Stephen1999Video documentary segment "The Cocktail Hostesses", archive footage
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died1998writer
Crossroads of Laredo1995Short
Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes1995Video
Glen and Glenda1994Video 1953 screenplay Glen or Glenda, uncredited
Hellborn1993Video segment "Hellborn"
Plan 69 from Outer Space1993Video 1958 screenplay Plan 9 from Outer Space, uncredited
The Beach Bunnies1976
Five Loose Women1974original screenplay
The Encyclopedia of Sex1974Documentary short
The Cocktail Hostesses1973writer
The Snow Bunnies1972original screenplay
The Class Reunion1972original screenplay
Drop Out Wife1972original screenplay
The Young Marrieds1972script - as Hank Barnum
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love!1971novel "The Only House" / screenplay
Lesbian Love1971Short uncredited
Sex Orgy1971Short uncredited
The Undergraduate1971
Nympho Cycler1971uncredited
Take It Out in Trade1970
Venus Flytrap1970uncredited
Excited1970unconfirmed - unconfirmed
The Only House in Town1970as Flint Holloway
Gun Runners1969writer
Love Feast1969uncredited
One Million AC/DC1969written by - as Akdon Telmig
Operation Redlight1969novel "Mama's Diary" / screenplay
For Love and Money1967novel "Sexecutives" - uncredited / original story - as Edward Davis
Orgy of the Dead1965novel "Orgy of the Dead" / screenplay
Shotgun Wedding1963writer
Married Too Young1962uncredited
The Sinister Urge1960as E.D. Wood
Night of the Ghouls1959written by
Revenge of the Virgins1959screenplay - as Pete La Roche / story - uncredited
Plan 9 from Outer Space1959written by
The Bride and the Beast1958writer
Final Curtain1957Short
The Night the Banshee Cried1957Short
Outlaw Queen1957screenplay - as Pete La Rouche
The Violent Years1956
Wetbacks1956as Pete LaRoche
Bride of the Monster1955original story and screenplay
Jail Bait1954screenplay / story
Boots1953Short writer
Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid1953TV Short written by
Glen or Glenda1953story and written by
The Sun Was Setting1951TV Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sinister Urge1960as E.D. Wood
Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan1960Documentary short
Night of the Ghouls1959
Plan 9 from Outer Space1959
Final Curtain1957Short
The Night the Banshee Cried1957Short
Bride of the Monster1955
Jail Bait1954
Boots1953Short
Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid1953TV Short
Criswell Predicts1953TV Series
Glen or Glenda1953
The Sun Was Setting1951TV Short
Crossroads of Laredo1995Short
Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes1995Video
Hellborn1993Video segments "Hellborn", "Home Movie"
The Encyclopedia of Sex1974Documentary short
The Young Marrieds1972as Richard Trent
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love!1971as Don Miller
Lesbian Love1971Short uncredited
Sex Orgy1971Short uncredited
Nympho Cycler1971uncredited
Take It Out in Trade1970
The Only House in Town1970as Flint Holloway

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crossroads of Laredo1995ShortCowboy
Hellborn1993VideoDanny / Woman / Himself (segments "Hellborn" / ...
Five Loose Women1974Robbery Witness #2 / Sheriff / Pop (as Edw. D. Wood Jr.)
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love!1971
Nympho Cycler1971Francis Edwards (as TV Edwards)
Mrs. Stone's Thing1970Transvestite (as Ed Woods)
Take It Out in Trade1970Alecia (as Ed Wood)
Love Feast1969Mr. Murphy (uncredited)
Operation Redlight1969
The Sinister Urge1960Man in Fight (uncredited)
Night of the Ghouls1959Man in Fight (uncredited)
Plan 9 from Outer Space1959Man Holding Newspaper (uncredited)
Jail Bait1954Radio News Announcer (voice, uncredited)
Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid1953TV ShortPony Express Rider
Glen or Glenda1953Glen Glenda (as Daniel Davis)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love!1971producer - as Don Miller
Lesbian Love1971Short producer - uncredited
Sex Orgy1971Short producer - uncredited
The Sinister Urge1960associate producer - as E.D. Wood
Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan1960Documentary short producer
Night of the Ghouls1959producer
Plan 9 from Outer Space1959producer
Final Curtain1957Short producer
The Night the Banshee Cried1957Short producer
Bride of the Monster1955producer
The Lawless Rider1954associate producer
Jail Bait1954producer
Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid1953TV Short producer
The Sun Was Setting1951TV Short producer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hellborn1993Video segment "Hellborn"
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love!1971
Take It Out in Trade1970
Night of the Ghouls1959
Plan 9 from Outer Space1959

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Movie Machine: Plan 9 from Outer Space2012Video short director: archive footage - archive footage
The Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space2003Video director: archival footage
The Astounding She-Monster1957creative consultant - uncredited
The Red Skelton Hour1954TV Series dialogue coach for Bela Lugosi - 1 episode

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hot Ice1977assistant director
Five Loose Women1974assistant director - as Dick Trent
Orgy of the Dead1965assistant director - uncredited

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Final Curtain1957Short editorial supervisor

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sun Was Setting1951TV Short music arranger - as Edw. D. Wood Jr.

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Baron of Arizona1950stunt double - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Conquest of Area 532018dedicatee post-production
Tar Beachdedicatee announced
White Slaves of K-Town2017in memory of
Big Hair, Long Lashes2017in memory of
Santiago Violenta2014inspirational thanks
Deadly Punkettes2014in memory of
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
After School Massacre2014in memory of
Attack of the Gorilla!2013special thanks
Daisy Derkins, Dogsitter of the Damned2013special thanks
The Founder2012very special thanks
Tráiganme la Cabeza de la Mujer Metralleta2012acknowledgment
8 Reels of Sewage2012in memory of
La noche de los sustos2012Video short dedicatee
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Jasper Man2010Short special thanks
La brigada moral. Lagrimas de otoño2010TV Series thanks - 1 episode
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
Plan 666 from Outer Space2010Short in memory of
Vampire City 2: Rock 'N Roll Zombies from Outer Space2009in memory of
The King & the Worst2009Short in memory of
Lover from Beyond the Grave2006Video short special thanks
Days of Oblivion II: Frozen Eternity2000Video Game special thanks
Jan-Gel, the Beast from the East1999Video dedicatee

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Glen or the Bride of the Night of the Plan 9 from Outer Space2014ShortGlen
2nd Indie Fest of YouTube Videos 20142014TV MovieHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesGlen / Glenda
Return to Laredo: Requiem for a Cowboy2008ShortCowboy
Close-up2007TV Series documentaryHimself / Glen / Glenda (segment "Glen or Glenda")
The 78th Annual Academy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself (as Ed Wood)
Les deniers du culte1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr.1995DocumentaryHimself
Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes1995VideoAlecia / Himself (uncredited)
Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora1994Video documentaryHimself / The Film Maker
Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The 'Plan 9' Companion1992Video documentaryHimself
On the Trail of Ed Wood1990DocumentaryHimself
Horrible Horror1986VideoGlen / Glenda, In clips from 'Glen or Glenda'
Sleazemania Strikes Back1985Video documentaryGlen / Glenda (as Ed Wood Jr.)
Love Making U.S.A.1971Photographer (uncredited)

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#Quote
1If you want to know me, see Glen or Glenda (1953). That's me, that's my story, no question. But [Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)] is my pride and joy.
2One is always considered mad when one perfects something that others cannot grasp.

#Trademark
1Use of archive footage which has little or nothing to do with the movie's plot
2All of his films have idiosyncratic dialogue.
3Known for being a crossdresser
4Frequently casts Conrad Brooks, Duke Moore, Bela Lugosi, himself, Timothy Farrell, & Tor Johnson in his films.
5Poor production values
6Cheap visual effects
7Sci-fi and horror films.

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