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 The Wedding Party, released in 1969 and featured an up-and-coming actor named Robert De Niro. De Palma’s career began to take off in the 1970s with the horror film Carrie, based on a Stephen King novel. Often compared to the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, De Palma has helmed numerous thrillers, such as Dressed to Kill (1980), Blow Out (1981) starring John Travolta and Body Double (1984). He has also created one of Al Pacino as a Cuban refugee who climbs Miami drug kingpin. In 1987, De Palma directed The Untouchables based on the television show about real life federal agent Eliot Ness' war agains the Chicago bootlegging empire of Al Capone.
Films directed by Brian De Palma include: