Eli Roth is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor.
Let’s see some fun facts about him!
1. Eli Raphael Roth was born April 18, 1972 in Newton, Massachusetts.
2. His parents are Dr. Sheldon Roth, a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst and clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, and Cora Roth, a painter.
3. Roth was raised Jewish (his family is from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland).
4. Besides English, he speaks French, Italian and Russian.
5. Roth began shooting films at the age of eight, after watching Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979).
6. He and his brothers Adam and Gabriel made over 100 short films before he graduated from Newton South High School and attended film school (the Tisch School of the Arts) at New York University.
7. To fund his films while in college Roth worked as an online cybersex operator for Penthouse Magazine, posing as a woman, as well as a production assistant on feature films.
8. Roth also ran the office of producer Frederick Zollo, leaving after graduation to devote himself to writing full-time.
9. He collected unemployment and found work on Howard Stern’s Private Parts as Stern’s assistant, staying at Silvercup Studios in Queens at night working on his scripts while Stern slept.
10. Actress Camryn Manheim gave Roth one of his first Hollywood jobs, as an extra on The Practice, when he moved to Los Angeles.
11. Roth would stay in Manheim’s dressing room, working on his scripts, while she filmed the show.
12. The two had become friends in New York, while Roth was working for Fred Zollo.
13. Roth also met Manheim’s cousin Howie Nuchow (former EVP of Mandalay Sports Entertainment and also from the Boston, MA area) at her family passover seder—this led to Roth’s first animation project, “Chowdaheads”, the following year.
14. Roth also co-wrote a project called “The Extra” with Manheim, who later sold the pitch to producer (and former CEO and Chairman of Fox Studios) Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium company.
15. As a director and producer, he is most closely associated with the horror genre, first coming to prominence by directing the 2005 film Hostel and its 2007 sequel, Hostel: Part II.
16. As an actor, his most prominent role was as Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz in Quentin Tarantino’s war film Inglourious Basterds for which he won both a SAG Award (Best Ensemble) and a BFCA Critic’s Choice Award (Best Acting Ensemble).
17. Journalists have included him in a group of filmmakers dubbed the Splat Pack for their explicitly violent and bloody horror films.
18. In 2013, Roth received the Visionary Award for his contributions to horror, at the Stanley Film Festival. His most recent directorial effort was the 2015 erotic thriller Knock Knock.
19. His next project is the vigilante action film Death Wish, a remake of the 1974 original.