Joel Schumacher Bio – Wiki
Joel Schumacher 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 was born on August 29, 1939, in New York City, USA. His birth name was Joel T. Schumacher. Schumacher the famed director behind “Phantom of the Opera” and a series of ‘Batman’ films has died.
He was 80 years old.
Schumacher was the son of Marian and Francis Schumacher. His mother was a Swedish Jew, whereas his father was a Baptist from Knoxville, Tennessee, who died when Joel was four years old.
He studied at Parsons The New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
He 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 Palme d’Or and Golden Bear, respectively.
In 1993, he signed on to direct the next installments of the Batman film series. The Schumacher-directed Batman films Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997) received mixed-to-negative reactions from both critics and the public.
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 actors, Schumacher helped actors like Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Matthew McConaughey to launch careers.
Schumacher has been openly gay throughout most of his career. According to Schumacher, this fact has been purposely reflected as a statement in many of his films. He claims that he has had sex with up to 20,000 men.
Joel Schumacher, costume designer-turned-director of films including “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and “Falling Down,” as well as two “Batman” films, died in New York City on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80.
His net worth approx. $80 million dollars.