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Joel T. Schumacher (August 29, 1939 – June 22, 2020) was an American filmmaker. Schumacher rose to fame after directing three hit films: St. Elmo's Fire (1985), The Lost Boys (1987), and Flatliners (1990). He later went on to direct the John Grisham adaptations The Client (1994) and A Time to Kill (1996). His films Falling Down (1993) and 8mm (1999) competed for the Palme d'Or and Golden Bear, respectively.

In 1993, he signed on to direct the next installments of the Batman film series, Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). After the Batman films, Schumacher pulled back from blockbusters and returned to making minimalist films such as Tigerland (2000) and Phone Booth (2002), both earning positive reviews. He also directed The Phantom of the Opera (2004), The Number 23 (2007), and two episodes of House of Cards.

Known for casting young perfomers, Schumacher helped several actors including Colin Farrell, and Matthew McConaughey advance their careers.

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Filmography

Film

Filmmaking credits

Title Year Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
Sparkle 1976 Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Directed by Sam O'Steen
Car Wash 1976 Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Directed by Michael Schultz
The Wiz 1978 Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Directed by Sidney Lumet
The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Directorial Debut
D.C. Cab 1983 Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Also known as Street Fleet
St. Elmo's Fire 1985 Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
The Lost Boys 1987 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Cousins 1989 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Flatliners 1990 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Dying Young 1991 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Falling Down 1993 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
The Client 1994 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Batman Forever 1995 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
The Babysitter 1995 Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Directed by Guy Ferland
A Time to Kill 1996 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Batman & Robin 1997 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
8mm 1999 Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes
Flawless 1999 Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Gossip 2000 Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Directed by Davis Guggenheim
Tigerland 2000 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Bad Company 2002 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Phone Booth 2002 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Veronica Guerin 2003 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
The Phantom of the Opera 2004 Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Also executive music producer
The Number 23 2007 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Blood Creek 2009 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Twelve 2010 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Man in the Mirror 2011 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Short film
Trespass 2011 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Final film

Costume designed credits

Title Year Director
Play It as It Lays 1972 Frank Perry
The Last of Sheila 1973 Herbert Ross
Blume in Love 1973 Paul Mazursky
Sleeper 1973 Woody Allen
The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1975 Neil Simon
Interiors 1978 Woody Allen

Cameo appearances credits

Title Year Role Directors Notes
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 Himself Tony Markes and Adam Rifkin Mockumentary film

Television

Filmmaking credits

Title Year Credited as Notes
Director Executive
Producer
Writer
Virginia Hill 1974 Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes TV movie
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill 1979 Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes TV movie
Now We're Cookin 1983 Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes TV movie; directed by Noam Pitlik
Code Name: Foxfire 1985 Template:No Template:Yes Template:Partial Creator, 8 episodes
Slow Burn 1986 Template:No Template:Yes Template:No TV movie; directed by Matthew Chapman
2000 Malibu Road 1992 Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No 5 episodes (director); 1 episode (producer)
Choose or Lose 2008 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No TV special
House of Cards 2013 Template:Yes Template:No Template:No 2 episodes
Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors 2015 Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Miniseries, 3 episodes; directed by Mark Marabella

Production designed credits

Title Year Director Notes
Killer Bees 1974 Curtis Harrington TV movie

Cameo appearances credits

Title Year Role Director Notes
Nightcap 2017 Himself Johnny Milord Episode: "Guest in a Snake"

Music video director

Artist Year Title
INXS 1988 Devil Inside
Lenny Kravitz 1993 Heaven Help (European Version)
Seal 1994 Kiss from a Rose (Version 1)
The Smashing Pumpkins 1997 The End is the Beginning is the End
Bush 1999 Letting The Cables Sleep
The Killing Floor 2012 Star Baby





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