director, screenwriter, producer
July 26, 1928–March 7, 1999
Stanley Kubrick's list of film credits is long and prestigious, including Spartacus (1960), Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980), and Full Metal Jacket (1987). He began directing self-financed films while working full-time as a photographer for LOOK magazine, and emerged as a mainstream director with 1957's World War I film Paths to Glory.
Although some critics have labeled his style as cold, Kubrick has garnered many awards for his work, including an Academy Award for best special effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Motion Picture and Best Director (A Clockwork Orange), the Directors Guild of America's D. W. Griffith Award (1997), and Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion for Career Achievement (1997).
Kubrick died in his home at age 70. His family refused to release any details, other than to say he died of natural causes. At the time of his death, Kubrick had just completed production of Eyes Wide Shut, a psychological thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.