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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

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#Fact
1 Had a daughter named Kathleen Emily Wood.
2 The 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.
3 Profiled in Tom Weaver's book "It Came from Weaver Five" (McFarland & Co., 1996).
4 Hired 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.
5 Noted 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.
6 Executor 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.
7 One 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.
8 Three 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.
9 Is portrayed by Johnny Depp in Ed Wood (1994)
10 Born October 10th, the same day that his idol Orson Welles died many years later.
11 Enlisted 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.
12 Upon 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).
13 His 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.
14 The 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.
15 A surviving non-fiction manuscript, supposedly written by Wood, about working in Hollywood was published as "Hollywood Rat Race" in December 1998.
16 At the time of his death, the industry newspaper, Variety, failed to run his obituary.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grave Robbers from Outer Space creator filming
Splathouse: Plan 9 from Outer Space 2016 Short based on an original screenplay by
Plan 9 2015 earlier screenplay
Glen or the Bride of the Night of the Plan 9 from Outer Space 2014 Short
The Vampire's Tomb 2013 original screenplay
Return to Laredo: Requiem for a Cowboy 2008 Short 1995 screenplay "Crossroads of Laredo"
Plan Live from Outer Space 2006 Video story
The Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space 2003 Video archive footage
Devil Girls 1999 novel
The Erotic World of A.C. Stephen 1999 Video documentary segment "The Cocktail Hostesses", archive footage
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1998 writer
Crossroads of Laredo 1995 Short
Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes 1995 Video
Glen and Glenda 1994 Video 1953 screenplay Glen or Glenda, uncredited
Hellborn 1993 Video segment "Hellborn"
Plan 69 from Outer Space 1993 Video 1958 screenplay Plan 9 from Outer Space, uncredited
The Beach Bunnies 1976
Five Loose Women 1974 original screenplay
The Encyclopedia of Sex 1974 Documentary short
The Cocktail Hostesses 1973 writer
The Snow Bunnies 1972 original screenplay
The Class Reunion 1972 original screenplay
Drop Out Wife 1972 original screenplay
The Young Marrieds 1972 script - as Hank Barnum
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love! 1971 novel "The Only House" / screenplay
Lesbian Love 1971 Short uncredited
Sex Orgy 1971 Short uncredited
The Undergraduate 1971
Nympho Cycler 1971 uncredited
Take It Out in Trade 1970
Venus Flytrap 1970 uncredited
Excited 1970 unconfirmed - unconfirmed
The Only House in Town 1970 as Flint Holloway
Gun Runners 1969 writer
Love Feast 1969 uncredited
One Million AC/DC 1969 written by - as Akdon Telmig
Operation Redlight 1969 novel "Mama's Diary" / screenplay
For Love and Money 1967 novel "Sexecutives" - uncredited / original story - as Edward Davis
Orgy of the Dead 1965 novel "Orgy of the Dead" / screenplay
Shotgun Wedding 1963 writer
Married Too Young 1962 uncredited
The Sinister Urge 1960 as E.D. Wood
Night of the Ghouls 1959 written by
Revenge of the Virgins 1959 screenplay - as Pete La Roche / story - uncredited
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959 written by
The Bride and the Beast 1958 writer
Final Curtain 1957 Short
The Night the Banshee Cried 1957 Short
Outlaw Queen 1957 screenplay - as Pete La Rouche
The Violent Years 1956
Wetbacks 1956 as Pete LaRoche
Bride of the Monster 1955 original story and screenplay
Jail Bait 1954 screenplay / story
Boots 1953 Short writer
Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid 1953 TV Short written by
Glen or Glenda 1953 story and written by
The Sun Was Setting 1951 TV Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sinister Urge 1960 as E.D. Wood
Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan 1960 Documentary short
Night of the Ghouls 1959
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959
Final Curtain 1957 Short
The Night the Banshee Cried 1957 Short
Bride of the Monster 1955
Jail Bait 1954
Boots 1953 Short
Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid 1953 TV Short
Criswell Predicts 1953 TV Series
Glen or Glenda 1953
The Sun Was Setting 1951 TV Short
Crossroads of Laredo 1995 Short
Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes 1995 Video
Hellborn 1993 Video segments "Hellborn", "Home Movie"
The Encyclopedia of Sex 1974 Documentary short
The Young Marrieds 1972 as Richard Trent
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love! 1971 as Don Miller
Lesbian Love 1971 Short uncredited
Sex Orgy 1971 Short uncredited
Nympho Cycler 1971 uncredited
Take It Out in Trade 1970
The Only House in Town 1970 as Flint Holloway

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crossroads of Laredo 1995 Short Cowboy
Hellborn 1993 Video Danny / Woman / Himself (segments "Hellborn" / ...
Five Loose Women 1974 Robbery Witness #2 / Sheriff / Pop (as Edw. D. Wood Jr.)
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love! 1971
Nympho Cycler 1971 Francis Edwards (as TV Edwards)
Mrs. Stone's Thing 1970 Transvestite (as Ed Woods)
Take It Out in Trade 1970 Alecia (as Ed Wood)
Love Feast 1969 Mr. Murphy (uncredited)
Operation Redlight 1969
The Sinister Urge 1960 Man in Fight (uncredited)
Night of the Ghouls 1959 Man in Fight (uncredited)
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959 Man Holding Newspaper (uncredited)
Jail Bait 1954 Radio News Announcer (voice, uncredited)
Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid 1953 TV Short Pony Express Rider
Glen or Glenda 1953 Glen Glenda (as Daniel Davis)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love! 1971 producer - as Don Miller
Lesbian Love 1971 Short producer - uncredited
Sex Orgy 1971 Short producer - uncredited
The Sinister Urge 1960 associate producer - as E.D. Wood
Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan 1960 Documentary short producer
Night of the Ghouls 1959 producer
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959 producer
Final Curtain 1957 Short producer
The Night the Banshee Cried 1957 Short producer
Bride of the Monster 1955 producer
The Lawless Rider 1954 associate producer
Jail Bait 1954 producer
Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid 1953 TV Short producer
The Sun Was Setting 1951 TV Short producer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hellborn 1993 Video segment "Hellborn"
'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love! 1971
Take It Out in Trade 1970
Night of the Ghouls 1959
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Movie Machine: Plan 9 from Outer Space 2012 Video short director: archive footage - archive footage
The Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space 2003 Video director: archival footage
The Astounding She-Monster 1957 creative consultant - uncredited
The Red Skelton Hour 1954 TV Series dialogue coach for Bela Lugosi - 1 episode

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hot Ice 1977 assistant director
Five Loose Women 1974 assistant director - as Dick Trent
Orgy of the Dead 1965 assistant director - uncredited

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Final Curtain 1957 Short editorial supervisor

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sun Was Setting 1951 TV Short music arranger - as Edw. D. Wood Jr.

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Baron of Arizona 1950 stunt double - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Conquest of Area 53 2018 dedicatee post-production
Tar Beach dedicatee announced
White Slaves of K-Town 2017 in memory of
Big Hair, Long Lashes 2017 in memory of
Santiago Violenta 2014 inspirational thanks
Deadly Punkettes 2014 in memory of
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk 2014 special thanks
After School Massacre 2014 in memory of
Attack of the Gorilla! 2013 special thanks
Daisy Derkins, Dogsitter of the Damned 2013 special thanks
The Founder 2012 very special thanks
Tráiganme la Cabeza de la Mujer Metralleta 2012 acknowledgment
8 Reels of Sewage 2012 in memory of
La noche de los sustos 2012 Video short dedicatee
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Jasper Man 2010 Short special thanks
La brigada moral. Lagrimas de otoño 2010 TV Series thanks - 1 episode
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! 2010 special thanks
Plan 666 from Outer Space 2010 Short in memory of
Vampire City 2: Rock 'N Roll Zombies from Outer Space 2009 in memory of
The King & the Worst 2009 Short in memory of
Lover from Beyond the Grave 2006 Video short special thanks
Days of Oblivion II: Frozen Eternity 2000 Video Game special thanks
Jan-Gel, the Beast from the East 1999 Video dedicatee

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Glen or the Bride of the Night of the Plan 9 from Outer Space 2014 Short Glen
2nd Indie Fest of YouTube Videos 2014 2014 TV Movie Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Glen / Glenda
Return to Laredo: Requiem for a Cowboy 2008 Short Cowboy
Close-up 2007 TV Series documentary Himself / Glen / Glenda (segment "Glen or Glenda")
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself (as Ed Wood)
Les deniers du culte 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. 1995 Documentary Himself
Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes 1995 Video Alecia / Himself (uncredited)
Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora 1994 Video documentary Himself / The Film Maker
Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The 'Plan 9' Companion 1992 Video documentary Himself
On the Trail of Ed Wood 1990 Documentary Himself
Horrible Horror 1986 Video Glen / Glenda, In clips from 'Glen or Glenda'
Sleazemania Strikes Back 1985 Video documentary Glen / Glenda (as Ed Wood Jr.)
Love Making U.S.A. 1971 Photographer (uncredited)

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#Quote
1 If 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.
2 One is always considered mad when one perfects something that others cannot grasp.

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

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