Brian De Palma is an American film director and writer, born on September 11, 1940, in Newark, New Jersey. De Palma attended Columbia University in New York, New York. He made his first film, Icarus, as a student there. After De Palma graduated in 1962, he spent time at Sarah Lawrence College on a writing fellowship. In the mid-1960s De Palma began working on his feature-length debut with ''Film/TheWeddingParty'', released in 1969 and featured an up-and-coming actor named Creator/RobertDeNiro. De Palma’s career began to take off in the 1970s with the horror film ''Film/{{Carrie}}'', based on a Creator/StephenKing novel. Often compared to the legendary director Creator/AlfredHitchcock, De Palma has helmed numerous thrillers, such as ''Film/DressedToKill'' (1980), ''Film/BlowOut'' (1981) starring Creator/JohnTravolta and ''Film/BodyDouble'' (1984). He has also created one of Creator/AlPacino's most famous roles--as [[Film/{{Scarface1983}} Tony Montana]], a Cuban refugee who climbs the criminal ladder to become a Miami drug kingpin. In 1987, De Palma directed ''Film/TheUntouchables'' based on the television show about real life federal agent Eliot Ness' war against the Chicago bootlegging empire of Al Capone.

He's a BIG fan of Hitchcock--''and it shows''! Also, many of his films have moments of intense self-reflectiveness about cinema: ''Film/BlowOut'', for example, has a sound editor (whose equipment assists his amateur investigation) as a protagonist; ''Film/BodyDouble'' has an actor (and a major plot point involving [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin body doubles]]); the beginning of ''Film/FemmeFatale'' takes place at Cannes; and ''Film/TheBlackDahlia'' has Hollywood culture in the 1940s as an important plot point. His Hitchcock appreciation makes him a BaseBreaker among cinephiles. Either he's the SpiritualSuccessor who carries on his legacy, or an untalented pretender [[FollowTheLeader prone to ripping him off]].

He's also well known for having heavy doses of {{Fanservice}} in his films--[[InterplayOfSexAndViolence often linked in some way with violence]].

!Films directed by Brian De Palma include:
* ''Film/MurderALaMod'' (1968) Little-known early film, finally re-released on TheCriterionCollection UsefulNotes/BluRay of ''Film/BlowOut''.
* ''Film/{{Greetings}}'' (1968) "Underground" indie known for featuring RobertDeNiro in his first major role and for being the first film ''ever'' to get an "X" rating (the MPAA later changed its mind, and rated it "R").
* ''Film/TheWeddingParty'' (1969)
* ''Film/HiMom'' (1970)
* ''Film/{{Dionysus}}'' (1970)
* ''Film/GetToKnowYourRabbit'' (1972)
* ''Film/{{Sisters}}'' (1973)
* ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' (1974)
* ''Film/{{Obsession}}'' (1976)
* ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' (1976)
* ''Film/TheFury'' (1978)
* ''Film/HomeMovies'' (1980)
* ''Film/DressedToKill'' (1980)
* ''Film/BlowOut'' (1981)
* ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' (1983)
* ''Film/BodyDouble'' (1984)
* ''FIlm/WiseGuys'' (1986)
* ''Film/TheUntouchables'' (1987)
* ''Film/CasualtiesOfWar'' (1989)
* ''Film/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'' (1990)
* ''Film/RaisingCain'' (1992)
* ''Film/CarlitosWay'' (1993)
* ''Film/MissionImpossible'' (1996)
* ''Film/SnakeEyes'' (1998)
* ''FIlm/MissionToMars'' (2000)
* ''Film/FemmeFatale'' (2002)
* ''Film/TheBlackDahlia'' (2006)
* ''Film/{{Redacted}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/{{Passion}}'' (2013)