Gus Van Sant

24 Jul 1952

Director, Writer, Actor, Producer

Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Directing for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting and his 2008 film Milk, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures.
His filmography as writer and director includes an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d. lang, with cameos by William S. Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others); and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Reeves as well as River Phoenix.
He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink. A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.

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Filmography (24 titles)

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor, Director, Writer
(movie, 2016)
···The Sea of Trees
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 2013)
···The Canyons
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Campbell)
(movie, 2012)
···Promised Land
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 2011)
···Restless
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 2008)
···Milk
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Director
(movie, 2007)
···Paranoid Park
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 2005)
···Last Days
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 2003)
···Elephant
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 2002)
···Gerry
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Role: Director
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Himself)
(movie, 2000)
···Finding Forrester
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1998)
···Psycho
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1997)
8.1Good Will Hunting
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1995)
···To Die For
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1995)
···Kids
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Producer
(movie, 1994)
···Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Genre: Western, Drama, Comedy, Romance
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1991)
···My Own Private Idaho
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director, Writer
Genre: Music
Role: Actor (as Himself)
(movie, 1989)
···Drugstore Cowboy
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1986)
···Mala Noche
Genre: Drama
Role: Director